Newton Current Affairs - 2019
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The third edition of BRICS Film Festival was held in Durban, South Africa, along with the International Durban Film Festival (DIFF). The last day of festival was celebrated as India Country Day followed by Awards and Closing Ceremony. The film gala was aimed at celebrating world-class film productions from BRICS nations (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) with the objective of inspiring more collaboration from these nations.
Newton directed by Amit Masurkar won Best Film and Village Rockstars by Rima Das received Best Actress (Bhanita Das) and Special Jury Award. The format of BRICS film festival consisted of screening two feature films from each country in competition category and three feature films in non-competition category. Total of 24 films were screened during duration of the festival.
Note: Newton featuring Rajkummar Rao, Pankaj Tripathi, Anjali Patil and Raghubir Yadav in lead roles earlier had won National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi. It was also India’s entry for Best Foreign Language Film at Oscars (90th Academy Awards). Village Rockstars was premiered at 2017 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and it had won Best Feature Film Swarna Kamal award at 65th National Film Awards.
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The Film Federation of India (FFI) has selected Hindi film Newton, a black comedy on foibles of democracy to represent India in Best Foreign Language category at 90th Academy Awards (Oscars) to be held in February 2018. It was unanimously chosen by FFI’s selection committee, headed by Telugu producer C V Reddy from 26 entries received this year.
The movie has been directed by Amit Masurkar. It stars Rajkummar Rao, Pankaj Tripathi and Raghubir Yadav. The film is political satire revolving around an honest election officer’s (Newton Kumar) attempt to conduct a free and fair poll in naxal-controlled town in the conflict-ridden jungles of Chhattisgarh. It showcases rookie government clerk’s best efforts to conduct free and fair voting despite odds stacked against him mainly with apathy of security forces and the looming fear of guerrilla attacks by communist rebels.