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Old October 4th, 2017, 10:25 AM
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Ashdoc's movie review---Newton



This movie clearly is the off beat kind of movie tending towards art cinema . And sure enough , the cast assembled to act in the movie is the staple for art films located in the rustic parts of India . The ever present Pankaj Tripathi is there ; which movie filmed in the mofussil parts of India would be complete without him ? And we have Raghubir Yadav and Sanjay Mishra too---both adept at playing small town characters . And is Anjali Patil being groomed to become the next Smita Patil---the doyen of Indian art cinema in the 70s and 80s ? Anjali was there in 'Chakravyuha' and 'Sameer' and is again in this film---all films showcasing leftist causes .

The hero of the film is Raj kumar Yadav , who has changed his surname to Rao ; is the surname 'Yadav' too downmarket for heroes in hindi films ?
He plays an impossibly honest man ; refuses the proposal of a girl's family because the girl is not yet 18 even though she is ready for marriage ; is thorough in his preparation for even the most unimportant task ; asks the most naive questions to the character played by Sanjay Mishra who is teaching him to be a polling officer ; and is punctual for every job and situation . Has Gandhi been born again to write his experiments with truth ? His real name is Nutan Kumar , but he changes it to 'Newton' because Nutan sounds too feminine .

He is the reserve polling officer for an election , but the assigned polling officer refuses to serve in the region allocated to him because it is Chhattisgarh---the heart of maoist rebellion in India , where life and limb is not safe ; indeed the film starts with the murder of a political leader by maoist rebels in that region . So Newton volunteers and is whisked by helicopter to the heart of danger---the maoist affected district of Bastar in Chhattisgarh . A jungle region where there are as many snakes and scorpions as there are maoist rebels . Where it is safer to not wear bullet proof jacket than is is to wear one because any person wearing it is thought to be a government agent and likely to be shot at be the rebels .

In fact , so dangerous is the region thought to be that the security officer of that area ( Pankaj Tripathi playing Aatma Singh ) says that it is better not to go to the actual voting site that is 8 kilometres away . But Newton is too much of a stickler to the rules and forces the whole group to go there , using his powers as presiding officer . With them also comes a school teacher named Malko ( Anjali Patil ) , who is a local who speaks hindi but also can communicate with the tribals in their language because she is one of them .

After they reach the ramshackle election booth , no one turns up for voting because the elections have no meaning for these poor tribals who are sandwiched between the security forces of the government on one side and the maoist rebels on the other . Enthusiasm for bringing them to vote is awoken only when a western english speaking female journalist is coming to cover the whole event . But the police officer bringing her is disappointed that she does not have blonde hair !!

Forget western blondes ; I was hoping to see the petite Miss Malko and the honest Mr Newton strike up some kind of romance....after all , the romantic in me wanted to see some love in a film even though it is arthouse stuff . And they did strike a rapport towards the end of the film , kindling hopes for the start of a relationship ; I am keeping my fingers crossed....

But where were the expected stars of the film ?---The maoists who else ? And when were they going to make their appearance ?
Sure enough , firing is heard from all sides late in the afternoon . And this forces pack up of the voting booth . But at the end of it all is a twist . And that twist really tells us as to how much of a committed person is Mr Newton to his sticking to rules and to honesty....

The film tries to be neutral but it's director's heart is leftist ; numerous scenes show the security forces treating the tribals with contempt , even though Aatma Singh tries to be fair to the extent possible with them . And the tribals would like their own man to present their problems in Delhi but his name is not in the voting list . Many twists and turns occur in the film and keep us interested , but Newton's unique reaction to each twist and turn is what makes watching of the film special .

The heart of the film lies in Rajkumar's acting ; he is so earnest in his role that he lifts the film completely . Others are all good too in their respective roles . Photography is okay , background music is decent though I remember hearing only one song , colours are okay . Above all , the people and sights and sounds and the conditions of the maoist infested regions are pictured perfectly .

Verdict---four stars out of five .
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Old October 5th, 2017, 06:32 AM
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Re: Ashdoc's movie review---Newton

4 out of 5 stars! Wow Ashdoc must have reaaaallly liked this film.
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Old October 5th, 2017, 07:19 AM
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Re: Ashdoc's movie review---Newton

Interesting. Saw many reviews. Ppl calling it a Movie of the Year.

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Old October 5th, 2017, 07:36 AM
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It will be liked only by those who like art or at least off beat movies.
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Old October 5th, 2017, 07:48 AM
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Re: Ashdoc's movie review---Newton

Movie seems and sounds very interesting,... Rao's acting, I always found close to very natural, realistic, just like Amol Palekar at one time,...

Say,...If someone is gonna make swadesh-2 and star-casts him,.. movie fill fly,.... No need of expensive Hakla party...

btw, after just watching the trailer,... on da same theme, I put one little sursuriya on my page,...

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Re: Ashdoc's movie review---Newton

It is a unofficial copy of a Iranian movie. And our dumb bureaucrats selected this as official entry for oscars, shame on us.
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Re: Ashdoc's movie review---Newton

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It is a unofficial copy of a Iranian movie. And our dumb bureaucrats selected this as official entry for oscars, shame on us.
They even copied Iranians in sending this to Oscars
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Re: Ashdoc's movie review---Newton

Controversy :

Iranian movie : " Secret Ballot " - Is Newton copied from this ?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Secret_Ballot_(film)

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https://www.ndtv.com/entertainment/e...r-says-1754113

https://www.thequint.com/entertainme...-secret-ballot

http://www.ibtimes.co.in/newton-copy...e-truth-743471
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From an another guy,...

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NEWTON - AN OPINION




Venue - E Square, University Road, Pune
Status - 75-80%
Showtime - 9:15 PM (Screen 2)

After hearing some absolutely positive reviews and an engrossing trailer, I decided to give this movie almost 2 hours of my life. And yeah, it's worth it. The most attractive factor of the movie is the underlying philosophy based on an incident. Its really tough to take sides.

Newton (Rajkumar Rao) is a young enthusiastic government official who likes to play within the rules. The movie clearly establishes his enthusiasm and character within the first 2 scenes where he does all the preparation for the role of an Election Presiding Officer despite being in the "Reserved" category. The movie grips as soon as Newton voluntarily takes the assignment of conducting polling in a ghost village in Gujarat.

Eventhough its a clear character driven movie of a novice & honest government officer, it shows images of the condition of certain parts of the country which is considered to be in the uprising mode. Also the writer-director, Amit M, smartly conveys a message that "Honesty & Righteousness is not good enough in a land of no rules and governance". This was smartly portrayed by the duel between Newton & Army Officer Aatma Singh (Pankaj Tripathi). Aatma is shown as the seasoned campaigner who opts for various ways to get the work done which may not be ethical. Here his image is portrayed as the "Practical Man" which causes friction against the Honest Newton. This movie is treated well with loads of black humour which conveys the sorry state of the villagers (who are totally ignored by the elected leaders) as well as the army group (who are under the threat of armed Naxals & Maoists). Despite many possibilities for the movie to go "dark", Amit brilliantly conveys the fear without even showing a single drop of blood. The only negative was he could have avoided the light ambiguity at the end.

This movie deserves full marks for its casting led by a brilliant Rajkumar Rao who plays the title role with ease and utmost sincerity. But I was particularly impressed by the performance of Pankaj Tripathi, who masked his helplessness and frustration with a tough face that suited his character. He was simply outstanding in the pre-climax scene which could have entirely belonged to Rajkumar Rao. Raghubir Yadav makes a brilliant comeback after Lagaan with his comic timing while Sanjay Mishra impressed with his cameo. Anjali Patil as Malko did a great job playing the role of a virtual bridge for Newton to understand the reality and imaginary.

The movie rarely used any background score other than some portions during the tensions. Mostly it depended on sounds of nature and thus giving loads of moments for silence. With realistic frames that capture the dry areas of Gujarat and razor-sharp editing that gives the movie an almost perfect 106 minutes runtime, it keeps the audience glued to the screen.

If "The Lunchbox" is a movie that impressed you for its simplicity, humour and realism, "Newton" is a must watch for the same reasons along with much more. Its a movie you shouldn't miss by any chance. Once again I agree with Kangana that if the movie is considered as a business solely made on nepotistic interests, don't expect any gems but only works to amplify their star/glamorous image. I am sure they can't make a gem like "Newton".

Ratings - 9.5/10.
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Re: Ashdoc's movie review---Newton

so anti-national movie.. like straight out of NDTV's studio?
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