Anurag Kashyap Has A Befitting Reply For All Those Berating Newton’s Selection For The Oscars

Ishani Bose
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Anurag Kashyap Has A Befitting Reply For All Those Berating Newton’s Selection For The Oscars

This is what the filmmaker has to say...

Rajkummar Rao starrer film, Newton released last Friday and on the same day was declared as India’s official entry to the Oscars. The fact that it beat Bahubali 2 in its run to the Oscars says a lot about the movie. Additionally, it’s box office numbers are looking good compared to Haseena Parkar and Sanjay Dutt’s comeback film, Bhoomi, that opened slow. However, there are a few who are clearly jealous of it and have started calling it a copy of the Iranian film Secret Ballot. Some even went ahead to say that should the juries find out that it’s a copy of another film it would be disqualified in its run to the Oscars. We wonder if this piece of information would have made headlines if Newton had not got selected for the Oscars. Despite the director of the film, Amit Masurkar denying all these claims, people still remain divided on whether or not it’s a copy. However, filmmaker Anurag Kashyap has come out in support of the film and literally shut everyone’s mouth with his tweet.

Kashyap wrote, “Newton is an award winner from Berlin Fest and I can promise you those curators watch more films in a year than rest of us do in a lifetime.” We hope everyone’s got that loud and clear. The film may be based on elections, which is a necessity of every democratic nation, but that doesn’t mean that it’s a copy of the Iranian film. Iran and India are very different from one another, which means that their issues may be different as well. If both are based on the life of an election officer, no way does it mean that the two are exactly the same. Perhaps one needs to watch the film before judging it. Meanwhile, take a look at Kashyap’s tweet.

When NDTV approached the film’s director, Amit Masurkar, he stated that he was aware of the existence of an Iranian film with a similar plot line. He said, “I remember after I wrote the script just before I was going to shoot, a friend told me about Secret Ballot. Since the film was on YouTube I watched bits and pieces but that was very different I felt. A lady polling officer goes door to door. Also, there is some kind of romantic track which is not in Newton. I knew someday people will draw similarities but what can one do? When you write a story there is a possibility that someone else must have written a similar story somewhere in the world.”