The black comedy got leaked online a day after its release.
National award-winning actor Rajkumar Rao-starrer film "Newton", which tells the story of a government official trying to conduct free and fair elections in a Maoist-hit jungle, is India's official entry to the Oscars next year in Foreign Language category. A film with a content like that of Newton's is destined to be a hit at the box office and be a deserving academy award victor. "Of course I will do everything possible to ensure we stand a good chance of bringing home the Oscar".
We ask how he feels about being called "the new Irrfan" or the "most versatile actor", and Rajkummar replies, "I've been called the younger Dilip Kumar; some have said I'm like Naseer (Shah) sir and now, Irrfan sir".
"I am very thrilled. "Newton" is a film that should get in top five films at the Oscars because it's really good and relevant and shows different side of India".
When NDTV approached the director of the movie, Amit Masurkar, regarding the resemblance in plot with the Iranian movie, he said that he was aware of the Iranian movie having a similar kind of plot. When asked how he plans to lobby at the Oscars, Aanand says that the exercise will be taken up professionally by every studio involved and will be a great learning experience.
Rajkummar Rao had shared the news of the movie being selected for the Oscars on Twitter last day.
The same report states that Reddy led a 14 member jury that watched 26 films over the past one week to select India's official Oscar entry. "We're happy with the film we have made and can't wait for the world to see it now". Hence, it is likely that more and more people will throng theatres to watch the fine quality print of Newton.