Mumbai: Director Amit Masurkar’s political satire “Newton”, starring Rajkummar Rao in the lead role, will be India’s official entry at Oscars 2018, the Film Federation of India announced today.
The Hindi film was the unanimous choice of FFI’s selection committee, headed by Telugu producer C V Reddy.
The decision to choose the film, which was released commercially today, for the Oscars was the proverbial “cherry on the cake”, said actor Rajkummar Rao.
The film is a political satire revolving around an honest election officer’s attempt to conduct a free and fair poll in a conflict-hit area of Chhatisgarh. It also stars Pankaj Tripathi, Raghubir Yadav and Anjali Patil.
“Newton” is Masurkar’s second directorial venture after the 2014 indie “Sulemani Keeda”.