"Newton" is India's official entry for Oscars in 2018
National-Award winning Rajkummar Rao's latest release Newton is India's official entry for Academy Awards in 2018. An excited Rajkummar on Friday took to Twitter to announce the news.
"Very happy to share this news that Newton is India's official entry to the Oscars this year. Congratulations team," he tweeted.
Filmmaker Hansal Mehta, who is a good friend of Rajkummar and has collaborated with him for films like Shahid and Aligarh, took to Twitter to express his happiness and said that Newton is the best choice.
"'Newton' is India's entry to the Oscars. The best choice in years by the federation," Mehta tweeted.
He added: "If films like A Separation and Children of Heaven made it to the Oscar nominations so can Newton. It is our best shot. Manish Mundra go for it!"
Newton revolves around a young government clerk who is sent on election duty to a Maoist-controlled town and how the ideological struggle puts him in an awkward situation. Directed by Amit Masurkar, Newton released on Friday. The film is produced by Manish Mundra of Drishyam Films, the company best known for backing critically-acclaimed projects such as Masaan and Umrika.
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