Amit Masurkar’s political satire Newton starring Rajkummar Rao, Pankaj Tripathi and Anjali Patil, which was lauded at various film festivals, bagged the Best Film (Hindi) Award at the 65th National Awards.
Thanking the jury for awarding Newton, Masurkar said in a statement: “I hope this award and the film’s commercial success creates a bigger space for relevant political cinema. This wouldn’t have been possible without an incredible cast, crew, and the love and support from the people of Chhattisgarh where we shot the film.” Newton tells the story of an election officer, who tries to run a free and fair election with the help of a soldier in a conflict area in central India.
Rajkummar Rao says, “It’s a huge achievement for all of us. Newton is such a unique and a special film for all of us. It’s a film which has been made with so much purity and honesty, without keeping any commercial aspects in mind.”
Pankaj Tripathi, who played the role of a CRPF officer in the film, won a Special Mention at the National Film Awards for his performance.