NEWTON – This is not a review, only an appreciation of this excellent cinema


An opening scene introduces us to this curly haired, blinking eyed guy biting on an apple while he is sunk in some manual. Nutan Kumar cleverly changed his name to Newton as a child, to escape mockery and of course inspired by the legend himself.

Newton has been selected as presiding officer for an upcoming election in an area with mere 78 voters. It is a day in the lives of people involved in the painstaking operation of conducting elections in the Naxalite affected jungles of Chhattisgarh. What follows next is the unlayered portrayal of the perplexed Indian democratic system. Without being cynical, Amit V Masurkar and Mayank Tewari’s screenplay excel at the immersive storytelling of this ‘just another’day, in the electoral process of India with an unflinching dark humour.

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Shubh Mangal Saavdhan – Bright and Brave

With Ayushman Khurana carrying his very best Delhi accent and Bhumi Pednekar continuing the act of a rebellious new-age girl next door, their chemistry being already applauded in Dum Lageka Haisha and the subject in which Ayushman already excels, Shubh Mangal Savadhan runs the risk of resemblance at multiple levels. Not to mention the recent releases of the both the protagonists that too in a similar middle-class family setup. But just a few minutes into the running time and you know you are up for a riot of fresh meaningful comedy.

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