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Newton (2017)

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A government clerk on election duty in the conflict ridden jungle of Central India tries his best to conduct free and fair voting despite the apathy of security forces and the looming fear of guerrilla attacks by communist rebels.

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As India, the world's largest democracy, braces itself for another general election- with 9 million polling booths, more than 800 million voters, and costing nearly $5 billion -- Newton Kumar, a rookie government clerk finds himself entrusted with a task that appears deceptively simple: conducting elections in a remote village in the jungles of central India. The bushes teem with Communist guerrillas, who have been waging a decades old war against the state, even as the indigenous tribals live without any access to mainland amenities. Conducting 'free and fair' elections in a minefield like this is no child's play, as Newton learns over the course of this eventful day. Unfazed with the cynicism and danger all around him, Newton is determined to do his duty. But, as they say in the jungle, 'The more things change, the worse they will get'. Written by Drishyam Films

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Indian election day in jungles of Chhattisgarh
22 September 2017 | by (India) – See all my reviews

I couldn't stop watching on first day when it is released. Feeling proud to write a review of movie that is an Indian entry into Oscars in foreign language category.

In context of Indian subcontinent, day of parliament election is decisive factor about who will rule largest democracy in the world. Film shows how an honest and fearless Indian follows his duty to conduct voting in jungles of Chhattisgarh. He was supposed to get about votes from 76 adavasis. He succeeds to carry out election in region that was controlled by naxals.

In life we always look for escape route towards comfort and while doing so, we put down our values. This film talks about a person, called Newton, who lived his life with honesty and remained true to himself. He remained fearless while following his duty and never deterred to give in his principles. His eccentric presence among rest creates humorous moments.

Subtle humor is created when we righteous person responds even though who seems odd among rests. Script and dialogues are excellent work of typical black comedy. Film is must watch to understand reality of Indian elections.


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