Rajkummar Rao’s ‘Newton’ Unanimously Chosen to Represent India at the Oscars
Bollywood film ‘Newton’ is India’s official entry in the Foreign Language Film category at the 2018 Oscars. Rajkummar Rao, who played the lead role in ‘Newton’, took to Twitter to share the news. He said, “Very happy to share this news that #NEWTON is India’s official entry to the #OSCARS this year. Congratulations team.”
— Rajkummar Rao (@RajkummarRao) September 22, 2017
Talking to Indian express, Rajkummar said, “I am elated and super thrilled. The kind of response we are getting for the film in India is so good and now, an Oscar submission, it’s huge. I am very happy to represent India at Oscars. I hope the film makes it to the final list. But right now, I am very happy because we made the movie with a lot of passion, sincerity and honesty, and people are recognising that sincerity.”
“It’s a huge thing that people are loving the film here because we didn’t make a big, commercial, masala entertainer. The power of the film is its story and the way it has been told. The credit goes to the team, which didn’t compromise on the story. It’s a very pure, simple and sweetly told film,” added the ‘Newton’ actor.
The selection committee of the Film Federation of India, one of the country’s major trade bodies, announced the decision today. “Newton was chosen unanimously by the committee out of 26 entries,” the secretary said. “Everyone in the committee liked it.”
Rajkummar Rao plays Newton Kumar, a presiding officer who is determined to hold a free and fair election in a Chhattisgarh village despite the threat of Naxalite violence and all-around cynicism.
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