This year in Hindi Cinema hasn’t been great for the makers and viewers alike. We have seen many hyped films which turned out to be let downs. Newton gives us a refreshing breather from the monotony.
Newton takes us through a day in the lives of people who have the responsibility of conducting elections in dangerous jungle terrains of Chattisgarh. Rajkummar Rao is Newton Kumar who takes up the challenge of presiding over the arrangements when one of his collegues backs out citing pretexts. The ever so eternal Newton’s apple finds place in the script when Newton Kumar bites on one whilst reading the election comminsion’s manual. He is earnest to follow the rules laid out herewith and though he isn’t not innovative himself, but looks forward to carrying out the directions given to him.
Aatma Singh, played by Pankaj Tripathi enters as the officer who is responsible for the security of Newton and his team and he tests the patience and integrity of Newton. His sole aim is to detract Newton from carrying out his duties at every turn. Newton and his team simply want to set up a polling booth in a government school in a far flung area and to register at least 76 tribals’ votes.
The screenplay written by Masurkar and Mayank Tripathi delves into the elaborate details of how India’s election system works and what makes it somewhat of a success even with the flaws in its execution.
Newton is a comedy with dark hues and has its moments of dread and thrills. It makes you realise our capability of bringing a positive change in our social fabric. Rajkummar Rao performs exceptionally well and we want to see more of him in mainstream Cinema.
In dealing with the mundane characters, the screenplay writers Masurkar and Mayank Tiwari touch upon vast subjects like tribal suppression, maoist mentality and prevalent corruption of our system that prevents its smooth running. Newton makes you review your contribution in building the nation even while it keeps you engrossed in the elections and their outcome. We have incredible Cinema on our hands right now and shouldn’t give it a miss.
P.S.: Newton is India’s official entry to Oscars this year.
My Rating: 4/5