What do you know about Indian elections and the way they are conducted? Do you know about the security threats surrounding an election? It seems Amit V Masurkar directorial Newton is aiming to educate the audience about the pros and cons of elections in India and how hard it is to conduct a fair election.
The teaser of the film introduces us to the film’s plot. It begins with Sanjay Misra educating a group of people about how elections are conducted in our country. He gives out the details of expenses, voters and other information to the audience and says, “India elections… Rs 30,000 crore expense, 84 crore voters, 90 lakhs voting booths. Even today we are making new records and breaking the old ones in the Guinness Book of World Records. Many goons might enter the Parliament but we won’t allow them to interfere with elections.”
But in a second of his speech, we are introduced to Rajkummar Rao’s character Newton Kumar. We notice Isaac Newton’s laws flashing on the board behind him and the one which prominently comes to notice is – For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction, which highlights the plot and message of the film. So, Rajkummar aka Newton wants to bring forth some changes. The actor plays a rookie government clerk who tells the audience that while these Newton laws made no sense while he was studying them, it is now that he understands its meaning when he has been assigned the job of supervising elections.
The story is based on how the actor tries his best to conduct free and fair voting despite the odds stacked against him when he is sent on election duty to a naxal-controlled town in the conflict-ridden jungles of Chhattisgarh.
— Rajkummar Rao (@RajkummarRao) August 15, 2017
Newton had its world premiere in the Forum section of the 67th Berlin International Film Festival. The film is set to have its North American premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival where it screens in the International Narrative Competition section.
The film will release on September 22.