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Midweek Dissection: The Oscar Announcement Boosts The Box Office Prospects of Rajkumar Rao’s Amazing Dark Comedy Newton.
Five years back the announcement of being India’s official entry to Oscars gave Anurag Basu’s Barfi a new wing at the box office and eventually it made 120 CR at the ticket window, the same thing happened again this year with Rajkumar Rao starrer Newton. The film had the backing of Anand L. Rai and then got the boost of Oscar Announcement just after a day of its release where it only managed 0.96 CR on day one to see a good growth in the footfalls over the weekend and now the film has made around 10 CR in 5 days. Irrespective of whether it will be nominated in the final five or not what made me happy that at least some people will see this brilliant dark satirical comedy because it deserve to be a hit. I mean it is one of the best films that I have seen in last few years. The direction of Amit V. Masurkar is so refreshing and intelligent. The cinematography and the art direction is so real that it looks we are the part of the proceedings and not just the audience. It is sad that despite all the help from Rai and Oscar news this film is still struggling to cover its budget of 15 CR. The taste of Indian Audiences are strange, they will wait for loud slapstick comedies like Judwaa 2 and Golmaal 4 by turning their heads away from a class comedy like Newton.
The film asks many important questions and never tries to give solution to them, it works as the mirror of our country’s loopholed democracy. How in the nation voting has become a mockery, straight from the beginning to its execution is what which is cerebrally shown in the movie and it is commendable. The film does have a very larger than life climax when you compare it with the entire movie but for me it is very important in a film to take some liberty and show something extraordinary. The actors in the film are the backbone and I feel their performances will make this movie a cult in the times to come. This year belongs to Rajkumar Rao, the dynamic actor has gone into the skin of his character of Nutan a.k.a. Newton Kumar, an upright government clerk on election duty. The climax gives him the chance to show his heroics yet he does it very subtly. I tend to review his films in weekdays so that more people will come out to see the films even after the weekend.
Pankaj Tripathi as Aatma Singh, the military head is fucking inventive, it seems he can do anything. With every other character he plays, he further consolidate his place as an actor per excellence.
Veteran RaghubhirYadav as Loknath is again first rate as always and Sanjay Mishra in a cameo is superb, these days only his presence makes the screen entertaining. Anjali Patil as Malko is good to watch, all in all Newton is a treat for true cinema lovers and delivers big time both on entertainment and intellect, well at least for me. I’ll go with 4 stars out of five, please go and watch it if you can.