Lately, selection of the movie “Newton” for the 2018 Oscars has proved that movies with good content and storyline would eventually be noticed; even if not produced under a Khan/Kapoor banner. The political satire which was actually rejected by a lot of studios initially won the CICAE award at Berlin film festival earlier this year and the jury prize at the Hong Kong International Film Festival.
What makes this movie special -directed by a low key director and starred by an unpopular hero- is the long due beautifully detailed dig at social issues of our country. But then again, there have been movies produced under a popular banner and which have earned crores at the box office, yet did not make it to the Oscars, or any global award ceremony for that matter. So, what makes Newton special?
1. The unique concept
The genre touched by Newton is categorised as Political Satire, the USP of the movie, rarely written or produced in Bollywood. This ain’t a move here the heroin dances and sings in a shimmery saree against the backdrop of snowy mountains. It also is not a movie where the hero fights with villains with the strength a human possibly cannot possess. This one’s about a common man, the actual herowho sticks to his job and refuses to marry a minor for dowry, eventually fulfilling what is expected of him.It is the detailed view of a regular day in a government office of India and the electoral process of the Indian democracy.
2. The unconventionality
Newton, unarguably, shows us, the privileged of the society, a facet that we have failed to notice before. A lot of us take the voting day for granted, consider it a holiday to relax but this one teaches us the importance of casting your vote. Newton, scared, tired and criticised, has been told from the beginning to to pull off the voting and go back home – but did he? It, perhaps, is all about standing your ground and fulfilling your duty with an undying stubbornness.
3. Short and Impactful
The movie that runs only for 106 minutes (An hour and half) does its job just right in that long. Newton successfully proves that the impact lies in the script and the direction; not in the duration. The very important and ignored topics like election, corruption, demonetisation and a prevailing lack of education have bene taught in 106 minutes – what we have all failed to understand in our lifetimes. Newton is not a movie tat gives you answers, Newton questions your being and puts you in a daze.
4. The screenplay
For anyone who has watched the movie would agree with us – there is not once that you feel bored or disengaged. The plot is so well knit that it keeps you glued and wanting for more with every passing scene. The direction and the screenplay is well dwelled with the spirit of the Maoist state of Chhattisgarh. The dialogues, laden and coated with black humour just add to the already brilliant piece.
5. The actors
It is not just a Rao wo has managed to question the popularity of the Khans/Kapoors; Tripathi (Pankaj), Patil (Aditi) and Yadav (Raghubir) have done their job too. The cynical character of Aatma Singh, the honest and realistic performance of Malko in contrast to the idealistic believes of Newton and of course, the deliciously delivered role of the man himself – Newton is an artistic delight. It is the taste of the ‘real’ cinema in the form of a Bollywood movies; a not so masala Bolly flick.