Newton: India’s Selection for Best Foreign Language Film Oscar

Indian Selection for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar

The tale is set India braces itself for another general election, with 9 million polling booths, more than 800 million voters, and costing nearly $5 billion.

The titular protagonist is Newton Kumar, a rookie government clerk, finds himself entrusted with a task that appears deceptively simple: conducting elections in a remote village in the jungles of central India.

But the bushes teem with Communist guerrillas, who have been waging a decades old war against the state, even as the indigenous tribals live without any access to mainland amenities.

Conducting ‘free and fair’ elections in a minefield like this is no child’s play, Newton learns over the course of this eventful day.

Unfazed with the cynicism and danger around him, Newton is determined to do his duty, only to realize that ‘The more things change, the worse they will get.”


Winner, Art Cinema Jury Prize: Berlin Film Festival

Official Selection – Tribeca Film Festival

Official Selection – Jerusalem Film Festival


Starring: Rajkummar Rao, Anjali Patil, Pankaj Tripathi, Raghubir Yadav


Producer: Manish Mundra

Writer-Director: Amit V Masurkar
Runtime: 104 min

Language: In Hindi with English subtitles