Newton Movie Review
Movie Ratings: 4.5 Stars
Star Cast: Rajkummar Rao, Pankaj Tripathi, Sanjay Mishra, Anjali Patil, Mukesh Prajapati, Raghubir Yadav.
Director: Amit V Masurkar
The Story: Newton Kumar, who is believed to be a government clerk is sent out on his election duty in the jungles of Chhattisgarh and is under the control of the naxals. Despite the various odds stuck towards him, Newton gives his best to conduct a fair voting process in this specific region. He through his sincerity and passion wants to make sure that the locals come forward and cast their votes which in turn is a right given by the constitution.
The Review: Voting is a right that our constitution has given us, where many have actually turned to use it as a privilege. There are many areas in the country or say states where people do not vote or say have no clue about what polls are, and how they can change the world they have been living in. Rajkumar Rao Newton is a story that is trying to explain things that generally take a year to execute. The entire film is considered to be a niche and festival kind on your face, but is an honest attempt made in explaining about one good thing without being preachy. Each and every dialogue, his smile, his stare that he gives has just one thing being said on it – honesty. Throughout the film he shows us that there is one such world in a place of Chhattisgarh where the individuals have been living in the fear of both army and naxals. It’s not just scary enough to see how people have been living in such areas, but even there is one such scene where the villagers realize that, no matter whomever they vote nothing is going to be changing for them. The ones who really wish to vote are kept in a bay, and the ones who fear for their lives are forcibly asked to come forward and vote. Why? Because the administrators through these elections wish to look good in front of the media, and the worst part is you do know that this is something that has been happening around you from a longer period of time.
What turns to work out best for the movie is the director presenting ideologies with different characters throughout the movie. For example Newton wishes to change the entire world with his ideologies and at some point of time you see this guy shutting up and getting adjusted to the world around. Atma Singh is someone who is protective towards his team and does not wish anyone to be harmed in the name of elections. Then there is Malko who accepts the world as it is, followed by the clerk Lokhnath who just wishes to come finish his duty and get back home. Together they do make an odd couple but do showcase the two ends spectrum of our thought process when we contemplate the state of our democratic country.
Coming to their performances each and every player in the cast has turned out to be excellent. Rajkumar Rao gives leads to another best performance that has already made him the winner of the National Award. His character in the movie might have turned out to be a boring one for most of us, but it’s his earnestness that makes the roots for him in the movie. Pankaj Tripathi is now turning to be the best Bollywood character artist after his film Bareilly ki Barfi, another winning performance for him. Anjali patil is yet another wonderful actress whom we do not see much on the screen and has done an incredible job over here. Raghubir Yadav has continued to be perfect like always he has been in the other movies, followed by Sanjay Mishra who sparkles in the cameo.
Newton is one of the best made satires in the Bollywood industry. And since it’s a genre that is dying in the Indian Cinema showing us the darker side of democracy, it does have enough moments to laugh at the characters and sometimes at our own selves. The script is brilliantly enacted, well written, and smartly directed. Newton is a must watch movie in the theatre if you have been carving for a really good cinema. Some of us generally would feel like watching this movie on a laptop or a computer rather than watching it in a theatre, but for me this film is definitely something that should be watched on a big screen motivating the directors to get more films like these.