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Newton

As the world’s largest democracy prepares for a national election, idealistic civil service newcomer Newton Kumar must ensure free and fair voting in a remote jungle village in central India. What appears to be routine soon turns out to be a herculean task in the face of disinterested potential voters, apathetic security forces, and fear of guerrilla attacks by Maoist rebels. Despite the odds stacked against him, morally driven Newton fights the good fight. Masurkar’s political black comedy, while tackling issues in his country, raises universal questions about how far a citizen can go in defending the fundamental values of democracy. This year’s Indian submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. In Hindi with English subtitles.

Filmography: Sulemani Keeda (2014)

Reviews: Variety, Hollywood Reporter, Screen Anarchy

Interviews: Huffington Post