Hoping to end dry spell

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 21 Nov 2017 10:21:02


 

With Newton being unanimously chosen as India’s official entry to the Academy Awards next year, actor Rajkummar Rao hopes that his dark comedy on Indian democracy manages to win the golden statuette.

Directed by Amit Masurkar, the movie featuring Rajkummar in the title role, has been chosen to represent the country in the Best Foreign Language category at the awards.


As it is barely months to the ceremony, the actor says the team is working round-the-clock, which includes showing the film around and acquiring the services of a publicist.
“I really want Newton to break India’s dry spell at the Oscars. I can’t say, obviously, if it will happen or not. But I wish it does,” Rajkummar says in an interview with PTI.


There were reports that suggested Newton was a rip-off of the 2001 Iranian film Secret Ballot. But the reports were quashed with filmmaker Anurag Kashyap’s timely intervention. He reached out to the director and the producer of the Iranian film to clarify that Newton bore no similarity with their project.
Rajkummar quipped, “(He) butchered those people who were saying ‘it’s a copy, it’s a copy’.


“I don’t understand people have so much time in this world. I don’t know why they don’t focus on making their life better.”