Newton (2017)

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As India, the world's largest democracy, braces itself for another general election- with 9 million polling booths, more than 800 million voters, and costing nearly $5 billion -- Newton Kumar, a rookie government clerk finds himself entrusted with a task that appears deceptively simple: conducting elections in a remote village in the jungles of central India. The bushes teem with Communist guerrillas, who have been waging a decades old war against the state, even as the indigenous tribals live without any access to mainland amenities. Conducting 'free and fair' elections in a minefield like this is no child's play, as Newton learns over the course of this eventful day. Unfazed with the cynicism and danger all around him, Newton is determined to do his duty. But, as they say in the jungle, 'The more things change, the worse they will get'.

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Critic Reviews for Newton

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (2)

Easy to watch, easy to enjoy and easy to leave with one's preconceptions wholly unchallenged.

Nov 28, 2017 | Full Review…
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Both exasperating and endearing in the title role, Rao again shows he is a chameleon actor whose gift for poker-faced comedy revs up the figure of a rigid young civil servant.

Nov 15, 2017 | Full Review…

Newton's fight against the system was searing and memorable.

Sep 6, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Despite its cynical viewpoint on the state of politics in India, Newton is primarily a goofy comedy which never really rises above the level of 'amusing'.

Jan 22, 2018 | Full Review…

Newtown succeeds because of the powerful emotional story it tells; while it is incredibly gut-wrenching, it leaves viewers with a message of hope and unity, and a vital call to action.

Dec 19, 2017 | Full Review…

It is clear that Masurkar is the real deal.

Nov 14, 2017 | Full Review…

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