It has been a great year for the ace B-Town actor Rajkummar Rao as first his ‘Bareilly Ki Barfi’ achieved great success and now his recent release ‘Newton’ has been elected as the official entry for Oscars this year. The news of the official entry of Rao’s Newton came as a big surprise as this year has not been good for the Indian cinema. All we can say is that the Indian audiences are only looking for good content now.
News about the Rao’s Newton is surfing the net like a flood, but there’s one film from which we all had huge expectations of becoming India’s official entry for the Oscars and that’s Prabhas’ Baahubali 2. India’s highest grossing film at home, Baahubali 2, was also being expected by the people for the official entry for Oscars this year, but Rao’s Newton won this race. The magnum opus film was undeniably in the race but the jury decided to go with Newton. “About 26 entries come from different languages. 12 from Hindi, 5 from Marathi, 5 from Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, and Bengali. One film from Tamil comes to entry. Bahubali 2 in Telugu comes to Satakarni. We have seen movies of all languages till 16th of this month. After looking at them, ‘Newton’ was selected considering all angles,” a jury member spoke to the media.
There is no doubt in the fact that Baahubali 2 made Indian Cinema proud because of its overwhelming box office collections and magnum opus experience, but Oscar looks more for the content and that’s why Newton became the first choice. However, Newton still has a long way to go as it has to compete with other selected foreign films to enter into the top 5 nominees at the Oscars awards for the Best Foreign Language category. Mother India, Salaam Bombay, and Lagaan were the only three India films that have managed to do that in the past.
“It’s a happy shocker. We were hardly expecting this,” begins Rao, clearly elated with the honor that has been bestowed upon his satire. The timing is the cherry on top — the announcement coincided with the film’s release yesterday. We made a film against all adversities, on a tight budget. But, it was an honest film. I am glad that the film is being appreciated by all and even after its commercial release, we’ve only had compliments coming our way,” said Rajkummar Rao while speaking to the Mid-Day. Rao’s Newton has been directed by Amit Masurkar and it’s been produced by Drishyam Films and Colour Yellow Productions. Pankaj Tripathy, Anjali Patil, Raghubir Yadav and Sanjay Mishra were also seen in the film as in their supporting roles.