Rajkummar Rao’s Newton Won Against Prabhas’ Baahubali 2 To Be India’s Official Entry To The Oscars 2018

Mehfooz Abbasi
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Rajkummar Rao’s Newton Won Against Prabhas’ Baahubali 2 To Be India’s Official Entry To The Oscars 2018

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The entire nation was elated yesterday at the news of Rajkummar Rao starrer Newton’s entry to the Oscars 2018. The news came as a surprise as films in Bollywood this year have not seen a lot of success. However, with a film like Newton’s credibility for the top prize, this should come as a paradigm shift in the industry. It is time for good content more than anything else right now. Newton is directed by Amit Masurkar and is produced by Drishyam Films and Colour Yellow Productions. Rajkummar Rao plays the lead in the movie, with a really good supporting cast in Pankaj Tripathy, Anjali Patil, Raghubir Yadav and Sanjay Mishra.

In all this Newton craze, Prabhas must be wondering how we forgot his Baahubali 2, which released earlier this year to become India’s highest grossing film at home. There were expectations from people that Baahubali 2 will make it to the Oscars 2018, being such a revelation in the industry. They weren’t too far wrong, Baahubali 2 was indeed in the race. But the jury members decided to go with Newton. A member of the jury spoke to the media, “About 26 entries come from different languages. 12 from Hindi, 5 from Marathi, 5 from Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam and Bengali. One film from Tamil comes to entry. Bahubali 2 in Telugu comes to Satakarni. We have seen movies of all languages till 16th of this month. After looking at them, ‘Newton’ was selected considering all angles.”

It is true that although Baahubali 2 is one of the milestones for the country’s film industry in many ways, it is not what the Oscars jury is looking for. Oscars does not center around the spectacularity of films, but more on the content. Anyway, Newton still has to compete against other chosen foreign films to make it into the top 5 nominees at the esteemed award function for the Best Foreign Language Film category. In the past, only three Indian movies have managed to do that – Mother India, Salaam Bombay and Lagaan.

Speaking to Mid-Day, Rajkummar Rao was quite happy about the selection, as he said, “It’s a happy shocker. We were hardly expecting this,” begins Rao, clearly elated with the honour that has been bestowed upon his satire. The timing is the cherry on top — the announcement coincided with the film’s release yesterday. We made a film against all adversities, on a tight budget. But, it was an honest film. I am glad that the film is being appreciated by all and even after its commercial release, we’ve only had compliments coming our way.”