INDIAN FILM REVIEWS

Newton : Movie Review

Nutan Kumar alias Newton Kumar is a rookie electoral officer who wants to hold a fair poll in a sensitive region in Central India. The odds are against him when he faces ignorant clueless voters, deadly landmines sown in the dense forest, non-cooperative and cautious security forces and disinterested colleagues.

Rajkummar Rao plays Newton with the able support of stalwarts like Sanjay Mishra, Raghubir Yadav, and Pankaj Tripathi. Newton recently is selected as Indian entry to the Oscar’s Best Foreign Film category.

We share some reviews from the newspapers and critics below:

CNN IBN: Rajeev Masand – 4/5

Masurkar, who has co-written the film with Mayank Tewari, mines humor from the most unlikely places. But it’s also a remarkably perceptive film that casts an honest, unflinching eye on the farce of the electoral process, imploring us to consider the notion of democracy that we take such pride in….Read More

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NDTV: Raja Sen – 3.5/5

In Amit Masurkar’s Newton, Tripathi plays Aatma Singh, an army officer who has looked over many an election in many a war-torn part of the country. He is currently posted in the forests of Chhatisgarh, in a Naxal-controlled area with more landmines than there are voters…Read More

The Times Of India: Neil Soans – 4.5/5

In terms of entertainment value, ‘Newton’ takes on a completely unremarkable subject. After all, why would anyone want to watch a film on election woes in a remote jungle surrounded by Naxalites? Surely not your average moviegoer who is primarily accustomed to the glitz and glamour of escapistBollywood…Read More

Indian Express: Shubhra Gupta – 4/5

It’s rare that an Indian film uses dark comedy to make its points so effectively: in Newton we go from smiling to laughing outright even at its grimmest, because the film is light on its feet, and the tone is consistent right through…Read More

Hindustan Times: Rohit Vats  – 4/5

When Nutan Kumar, son of a middle class family in Chhattisgarh, decides to change his name to Newton to avoid getting laughed at, he doesn’t know where it will lead him. After a few years, when he is a government clerk and is sent to conduct a free and fair election in the Maoist-hit Dandakaranya region… Read More

India Today: Sushant Mehta – 3.5/5

Once Mr Newton sets up the polling booth he realizes that the locals are not even aware of the candidates they are being forced to vote for. They don’t speak Hindi, have been living in fear courtesy the insurgency and live amidst threats…Read More

Mumbai Mirror: Kunal Guha – 3.5/5

The film deliberates the despicable state of the marginalised repeatedly by freezing on their soul-crushed faces. Despite the liberal use of tropes, it manages to trigger thought and evoke concern for those forsaken by the incumbent. Director Amit Masurkar packs in humour, tension and even adventure … Read More

Mid-Day: Mayank Shekhar – 3.5/5

Actor Rajkummar Rao plays the low-level poll officer, grappling with clueless, poor citizens, with CRPF jawans around him, and landmines in the ground beneath his feet. If you casually scan through his CV of late, without doubt, you’d known Rao has been on a roll….. Read More

DNA India: Harshada Rege – 4/5

Masurkar’s victory also lies in the fact he takes up an intense subject, but never lets it go into the documentary zone. He peppers it with laughs and thoughts that draw both smiles and smirks. While the flow of the narrative is easy-breezy … Read More

Film Companion: Anupama Chopra – 4/5

Newton is a brilliant and devastating film. With minimal drama and flash, director Amit V. Masurkar creates a many-splendored thing – the film is, at once, a dark, biting comedy, the heart-breaking portrait of a man who just wants to do an honest day’s work and a scathing critique of the state of Indian democracy … Read More

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KoiMoi: Umesh Punwani – 3/5

Honesty for being what it is, an unexplored idea waiting to be told, it would be blasphemy if I didn’t include Rajkummar Rao & Pankaj Tripathi in this section…Read More

The Quint: Stutee Ghosh – 4.5/5

But in spite of the genius performances, it’s the screenplay by Amit V Masurkar and Mayank Tiwari that give us a compelling piece of cinema. It is a film that raises pertinent questions about India and its democratic processes.. Read More

Feature Photo: Hindustan Times

Director: Amit Masurkar
Screenplay: Amit Masurkar, Mayank Tewari
Producer: Drishyam Films, Eros International
Cast: Rajkummar Rao, Pankaj Tripathi, Raghubir Yadav, Anjali Patil
Music: Benedict Taylor, Naren Chandavarkar
Cinematography: Swapnil Sonawane
Run Time: 1 hours and 46 Minutes

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