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Movie Review : Newton

Starring : Rajkumar Rao, Raghubir Yadav, Pankaj Tripathi, Anjali Patil

Director: Amit Masurkar

Genre : Dark Comedy

Story:  A government clerk on election duty in the conflict ridden jungle of Central India tries his best to conduct free and fair voting despite the apathy of security forces and the looming fear of guerrilla attacks by communist rebels.

My Take:

And I second with the blog post title.

Like many others I pray this movie wins the Oscar 2018. For those who don’t know the movie Newton is the official entry to Oscar 2018 from India under the category of foreign films.

There are many things which makes the film stand out and the foremost is its rawness and simplicity in portraying its characters and their situation. Although its a dark comedy but the plot will make you think hard about our democracy.

Dantewada, the naxal infiltrated region of Chhattisgarh for over three decades now hasn’t faced its chance for basic development even today. The lives of the people, Gond tribal face similar neglect and torture at the hands of both Maoists and the armed forces. Everyday in the local newspaper or TV channels some mishap or the other is reported from that area.

Its not that the government and other agencies are not doing anything to culminate these communities into the mainstream. However, the facilities never reach them or better said it is never meant to felicitate them. The schemes and endless perks sanctioned to them is safely pocketed by the middlemen who sometimes happen to be the government employee or a politician. These people come up with endless ways to exploit the already downtrodden communities.

One case here needs to be mentioned. A group of tribal students were brought to the state capital of Chhattisgarh, Raipur on the pretext of providing higher education under the government scheme ended up as domestic servant in the school director’s house. For two years the boys were exploited and they never knew about it. Tribal girls in the hostel are raped repeatedly by the college director and principal. Sadly, there are more stories like this where the tribal are exploited.

Newton movie shows the plight of these people in their own homes, their basic right to vote also doesn’t account for where survival itself is a big question. Yet we are the largest democratic nation of the world. The film is a mockery to our election procedure and frankly it is the truth. Even many of us who are reading this post may not be aware of the local politician in their own locality. I am one of them. I still don’t know who the person is and how much development has he/she done for our block.

Like PTM meet in schools where we tap our child’s report throughout the month shouldn’t we be tapping our political leaders also so that we are not made fools at the end of the term.

Nevertheless, NEWTON is surely going to rock 2018 Oscar award with its rawness and blunt portrayal of lives of people of the naxal infiltrated area of Chhattisgarh, be it the tribal, the armed forces or the Maoist.

A dialogue to remember from the movie, “Yeh desh ka bhar hai aur ye hamare kandho pe hai.” Salute to the Indian soldiers.

Watch it for the comic timings in the most serious situations.

 

 

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