Newton has been selected as Indian’s official entry to the Oscars, star Rajkummar Rao has tweeted. Newton was released in theatres on Friday. “Very happy to share this news that #NEWTON is India’s official entry to the #OSCARS this year. Congratulations team,” Rajkummar wrote.
“’Newton’ has been selected as India’s official entry to the Oscars. It was unanimously chosen from 26 entries this year,” FFI secretary general Supran Sen told PTI.
Newton Kumar, played by the assiduously chameleonic Rajkummar Rao, is a stickler for the written word. He might have changed his first name – he was originally named Nutan, like the Bandini actress – but he likes to play by the rules, so much so that as a youngster playing cricket he’d find himself in the role of umpire. He is close to being irritatingly earnest, and through the course of this film, every character, even those who like him, lose their patience with him.
“Newton is India’s entry to the Oscars. The best choice in years by the federation,” Hansal Mehta tweeted.
He added: “If films like A Separation and Children of Heaven made it to the Oscar nominations so can Newton. It is our best shot. Manish Mundra go for it!”
Newton also stars Pankaj Tripathi, Anjali Patil, Raghubir Yadav and Sanjay Mishra in a cameo appearance. The film is distributed by Drishyam Films.