It Would Take SEVERAL NEWTON’S To Change This Country
Review by: Kanwaldeep Singh (KD)
This movie shows that it will take several Newton’s to change the mindset of this country and it also states that you have to have a NEWTON like mindset, that of bringing about a change, that you alone have the capability to bring about a change and that if You try to be Yourself You will be able to do it, No Matter What.
Newton is more of an offbeat movie. It is in fact, a series of questions. Questions on child marriage, on Naxals, on the fairness of Elections, on army safety, on honesty, on media and on TRUTH. There’s a statement in the movie which Sanjay Mishra makes, that of the importance of the name Newton, that it carries a lot of weight, Newton changed the world, he taught equality, it showed the world that if an Ambani and a Chaiwala jumps off the cliff, both would DIE together.
The movie is a satirical black comedy take on elections being held in a Naxalite affected area. But the plot of the movie is just a setup for asking difficult questions in a light-hearted manner. The strong star cast of the movie doesn’t let you down, the movie stands strong and relies on its performances, which is primarily Raj Kumar Rao and Pankaj Tripathi with the major heavy lifting done by Raj Kumar Rao.
Raj Kumar Rao is idealistic and wants everything to happen in an honest and just way, by books and as per rules. The movie exposes, or may I say asks a Question on the hype created on Naxalite affected area, it also asks questions on absolutely zero attention being given to people who are affected due to Army operations. It questions the govt’s involvement in settling these affected people, in looking after people and how some army men take advantage of these villagers.
Well there are lots and lots of questions but there are no answers, the movie is not meant for giving answers, the movie is questioning the authorities and it is important that this movie be seen by all officials and people across the globe to take a look at the apathy that election officials have to go through, but they still conduct elections with all its fairness.
There are some positives as well, and the positive is NEWTON. Newton with a Newton’s kind of mindset can actually bring about change, as mentioned above. If you are truthful and honest, you will be rewarded. It shows the world how our Election Commission conducts elections in remote areas and in what great difficulty they perform their duties. Hats-Off to such dedicated individuals.
The official entry into the OSCARS is totally justified. The story needs to be known to the world.
Raj Kumar Rao is excellent, he has set a new benchmark for himself, with a mind blowing performance in Bareily Ki Barfi, he comes up with an intense act which is nothing short of being BRILLIANT. He infuses life into the character of Newton and creates magic.
Pankaj Tripathi also seems to be on a roll. After superb performances in Bareily ki Barfi, Anarkali of Aarah, he excels in Newton with an awesome performance.
There is one more person who needs to be appreciated for his performance, our very own Mungeri Lal, Raghubir Yadav, he has significant screen presence and is always a joy whenever he is on screen with his satirical jokes.
The length of the movie is perfect, 1 hr 47 mins, with no songs and no nonsense, it makes it a one time watch.
On an entertainment factor this movie deserves 3 stars but if you ask me as a critique, this movie deserves at-least a 4 star rating. But since I normally give ratings based on the over-all Entertainment Factor and Masala in the movie, sorry there is no masala here, I have to give 3.
Review by: Kanwaldeep Singh.