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The movie begins with the dreadful scene of the Naxalities expressing their boycott to the election in Chattisgarh by assassinating various leaders. Nutan Kumar aka Newton Kumar is rule-abiding and convinced about the principles of life. He believes that the rules are what can make everything function smoothly, and takes up the responsibility of being the presiding officer to conduct the election of 76 eligible voters in the troubled tribal region after an official backs out due to health issues.As he is, all about rules and regulations, where the procedure and process are important, he is at loggerheads with a cynical military official Aatma Singh who's doesn't worry or care about the requirements and only to get them back alive. The story is honest and heartfelt with humor in the most unexpected places. Even after unavoidable circumstances, Newton makes sure that the elections are conducted adhering to the Handbook of rules and regulations.
Newton is Amit Masurkar directorial after Sulaemaani Keeda(2013). The movie is a black comedy that dwells between idealism and reality.To personify the concept Newton Kumar(Rajkumar Rao) and Aatma Singh(Pankaj Tripathi) bring out the rift and thus bringing in a lot of humor. The story is also a brilliant perceptive movie that casts an unflinching eye on the mockery of the electoral process, and the concept of democracy that we are proud.The movie moves you especially in the parts were the tribals and poor folk is manipulated and traumatized.
The movie is blessed with a brilliant star cast.The actors have portrayed their character beyond excellence. It's difficult to say who did better as they hold their character like a second skin.The supporting cast also fares well be it Newton's easy going official Loknath played by Raghubir Yadav or the practical-minded school teacher Maiko played by Anjali Patil.The rift between Rajkumar and Pankaj is dark yet humorous.The actors are a proof of Newton’s rule, every action has an equal and opposite reaction.
What's not there?
The movie has made its point and in a way, no other movie can. It's a definite ⅘. The movie is a perceptive take on the satire of the electoral process yet doesn't let you lose the pride of being the world's biggest democratic country.
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