The 65th National Film Awards were announced on Friday morning, with one of the prestigious awards going to Rajkummar Rao, Pankaj Tripathi and Amit V Masurkar’s Newton, produced by Eros International & Aanand L Rai’s Colour Yellow Productions with Drishyam Films Production. The black comedy that released in September last year continues to be an award season favourite as it bagged yet another top honour – Best Hindi Film at the 65th National Film Awards, announced today.
About a rookie government clerk, assigned to conduct elections in conflict-ridden jungles of Chhattisgarh, despite the fear of Naxalite attacks, Newton highlights the predicament of an idealistic youth against the world’s pragmatism and cynicism. Moved by the difference in the Indian Constitution’s preamble and the reality of our times, director Amit V. Masurkar penned the comedy-drama. The coming-of-age satire had impressed several critics and B-town influencers who raved about the poignant film, brilliant subject and superlative performances by the cast including Rajkummar Rao, Pankaj Tripathi, Sanjay Mishra and Anjali Patil.
Rajkummar Rao says, “It’s a huge achievement for all of us. Newton is such a unique and a special film for all of us. It’s a film which has been made with so much purity and honesty, without keeping any commercial aspects in mind.”
Having made it to the India’s official pick for Oscars 2018 in the Foreign Language Film Category, Newton has also won several prestigious awards including Filmfare Award, Star Screen Awards, Asian Film Award, Films of India Online Awards, Bollywood Film Journalists Award, and News18 Reel Movie Awards. The movie also won the Jury Prize for Best Film at the Hong Kong International Film Festival. Eros International and Aanand L Rai present a Drishyam Films Production in association with Colour Yellow Productions, written and directed by Amit V. Masurkar, Newton released on 22nd September, 2017.