#OscarsSoWhite better be ready for an excellent entry from India this year. That’s right. India has submitted “Newton” as its selection for the Best Foreign Language Film category at the Oscars. Produced by Anand L. Rai of Colour Yellow Productions and the film’s actor Rajkumar Rao took to Twitter to express their excitement.
— Rajkummar Rao (@RajkummarRao) September 22, 2017
— AANAND L RAI (@aanandlrai) September 22, 2017
The selection was a unanimous decision by the Film Federation of India (FFI) to submit “Newton” out of 26 potential entries.
“Newton” is presented by filmmaker Rai and producer Manish Mundra of Drishyam Films. It’s directed by Amit Masurkar and stars Rajkumar Rao, Anjali Patil, Pankaj Tripathi, and Raghubir Yadav. It is a dark political satire about an idealistic government clerk trying to stay honest in the complex, corrupt world which surrounds him. Nutan Kumar, aka “Newton” (Rao) faces many obstacles in his attempt to conduct a free and fair election in the conflict-ridden area of Chhatisgarh.
Bollywood stars have shared their support to Rao and the “Newton” team via Twitter as well.
— Farhan Akhtar (@FarOutAkhtar) September 22, 2017
#newton an official entry for oscars. Congratulations to the whole team.feeling proud to be a small part of it..
— Amit Trivedi (@ItsAmitTrivedi) September 22, 2017
— Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) September 18, 2017
#Newton is India’s entry to the Oscars. The best choice in years by the federation.
— Hansal Mehta (@mehtahansal) September 22, 2017
In previous years, India’s entries to the Oscars have included “Eklavya: The Royal Guard,” “Taare Zameen Par,” “Harishchandra’s Factory,” “Barfi!” And “Court.” “Mother India” (1957), “Salaam Bombay!” (1988) and “Lagaan” (2001) are the only films that have moved on to gain the nomination in the Best Foreign Language Category. We’ll have to wait until March 2018 to see who win but cheers to the “Newton” team on their success. We hope they bring home an Oscar for India!