Newton Kumar, (Rajkumar Rao) a rookie government clerk is sent on election duty to a Naxal -controlled town in the conflict-ridden jungles of Chhattisgarh, India. Faced with the apathy of security forces and the looming fear of guerrilla attacks by communist rebels, he tries his best to conduct free and fair voting despite the odds stacked against him. Newton’s principles and patience are put to test when he runs into Aatma Singh (Pankaj Tripathi), the armed officer responsible for providing security to Newton and his three colleagues which includes Gondi-speaking Malko (Anjali Patil). Singh’s mission is to deny and dissuade our dear hero in his noble endeavour at every juncture. A verbal duel between individuals of opposite ideologies begins as Newton heads with his team – which includes the fantastic Raghubir Yadav as an experienced and talkative government official Loknath – to set up an election booth in a school in the middle of nowhere. Newton wants to be there to register the mandate of 76 tribal villagers. He will wait for them to turn up. He believes their voice counts and it will make a difference. But will it really?Masurkar makes viewers care for the citizens who are mostly forgotten and whose woes relegated from news coverage. Newton is a dark comedy that gives you equal measures of dread and disillusionment and hope and hilarity. It makes you see the pitfalls of the democratic system but also tells you that it’s the only one capable of positive change. This is reality at its finest, with credible performances and backdrops that immerse viewers into the world and where even the faces of the background characters leave a heartbreaking impression. The script is full of humorous touches and intricate visual details .In one of the film’s most profound sequences, Masurkar through a series of action with minimal dialogue hits the audience’s consciousness hard. We see weathered faces of locals, voter cards tucked in every imaginable corner, the many political candidates, guns, the media ruckus, the election officials going about their duty and armed officers being dictatorial in a democracy. Amidst all of it Newton sits helplessly containing his rage and tears. Rao, with his periodically blinking eyes and cautious delivery, beautifully conveys the challenges his upright aam aadmi. Tripathi, Patil and Yadav are pitch perfect in their parts too. Newton makes you want to be a more diligent Indian.

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