Title: Newton (IMDB)
*ing: Rajkumar Rao, Pankaj Tripathi, Raghubir Yadav, Anjali Patil
Director: Amit Masurkar
Language: Hindi & Gond
An idealistic young man is appointed as the presiding officer to conduct elections in a region disturbed by Naxalism.
A great insight into what goes behind the massive exercise that is conducting elections in India. We hear tales from the political rallies, see the voters on TV, but rarely hear the story from the perspective of the men and women conducting the election.
Highlight - Brilliant acting by the “star” cast. Also, the fact that the story doesn’t go over the top in preaching mode.
Each character presents their side, sometimes seriously sometimes in jest. Seemingly there is no right or wrong side. Each have their own shades of grey. The story also doesn’t take anyone’s side openly. Empathy is shown for the ordinary local residents, who are caught in between the wars of the Naxals and the Armed forces and are then showcased to the foreign media as "champions of Indian democracy".
I don’t think, anyone has ever explained Newton’s law of gravity with so much eloquence and simplicity as Sanjay Mishra’s character does to Newton.
A misplaced sense of idealism leads nowhere. Probably that explains the feeling of happiness on seeing Newton getting thrashed by the Army team supposed to be protecting him.
The movie seemed a bit incomplete (just my opinion). Guess not closing things out helps in keeping it more real.
Random Thought – Nothing better than English movies to learn the English language.
Rating – 9/10. Fun to watch. A light-hearted satire on one of the key elements which make "Incredible India"
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