Before I begin, it requires me to give a disclaimer. My review would have a huge contrast from the popular opinion and would be brutally honest. Howsoever I may try, I wouldnâ€™t be able to eulogize and place it at a pedestal of 4 stars because frankly, I donâ€™t see head or tail of what is so exceptionally stunning in this movie that I fail to see and probably other reviewers do!
Newton is based on the elections, FREE and FAIR elections to be specific.Nutan Kumar aka Newton is an unflinching, strict and inflexible officer who had been given the responsibility of conducting elections in the jungles of Chhattisgarh to conduct polls for the 76 residents.
Pankaj Tripathiâ€™s character Aatma Singh is a military officer, who is given the responsibility to keep them alive and secure in the vulnerable risky area of the jungles. They are mostly seen to be at loggerheads with each other for Newton leaves no stone unturned in carrying out the proper procedural elections while Aatma singhâ€™s (Tripati) major concern was the security of the election team, with least concerns for the voting for he knows it is futile and pointless to have those votes as a result of the unknowledgeable suffering natives whose disconnection with the world might not bear fruit to the polling and winning of any party.
The movie is intended to be sarcastic at the system, at the democracy which we take pride in, when people boast about the fact that India conducts free and fair elections to choose their representatives while actually, the public is neither benefitted, nor witness to any progress, for some of who a ballot machine is just another toy and pressing the button against a name a mere game of probably choosing the best suited or a personal favourite symbol. Â Masurkar shows this when Aatma Singh explains the tribal to choose anybody from the list of candidates, be it a lotus or any symbol for that matter.
Though it is intended to be sarcastic and attempts to derive its humour from sheer sarcasm or straight faced looks, trust me, it ainâ€™t funny. I literally had to pressurize my mind into trying to understand what was so funny that barely 2 or 3 people in the entire hall were giggling at.
The movie is supremely low budgeted, is shot within a jungle and a small wrecked room where the elections were to be conducted and I must say that considering the flow of audience for this movie, this seems to making double the money.
Rajkummar Rao is on a roll, with Bareily ki Barfi, Behen hogi teri, Newton and Raabta within a year. And so is Pankaj Tripathi who has astonishingly done 7-8 movies within a year and with Newton, it was just as entertaining to see him onscreen.
Newton is boring, flat and out and out dull. It is a sarcastic take on democracy, but the plot and basic theme to project this could have, anyday, been better and whatever may the reviewers say, howsoever they may try to convince, if I couldnâ€™t manage to pass a smile throughout, there arenâ€™t reasons why I should rate it high.
So I would want to give 2.5 out of 5 stars!