New­ton is a com­mer­cial film: Amit Masurkar

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Amit Masurkar’s film, New­ton, re­cently won the Na­tional Award in the Best Hindi Film sec­tion. At an event, the film­maker was asked if he is open to do typ­i­cal com­mer­cial masala films, as New­ton was con­sid­ered an off­beat or art house film. Masurkar, how­ever, be­lieves it was a com­mer­cial project.

He ex­plains, “Com­mer­cial films are those which peo­ple watch in the­atres. So, I’d say that New­ton was one be­cause peo­ple did see it in the­atres and they con­nected with it.”

Shar­ing his views fur­ther on masala films, he said: “I don’t know about the word ‘masala’ as that ter­mi­nol­ogy keeps chang­ing with time. What you call masala films in the 1980s are not the same from the ones in the 1990s... I think if you make a good film, it au­to­mat­i­cally be­comes com­mer­cial.”

New­ton re­volves around a young gov­ern­ment clerk, who is sent on elec­tion duty to a Maoist-con­trolled town. It por­trays how the ide­o­log­i­cal strug­gle puts him in an awk­ward sit­u­a­tion.

The film was also se­lected as In­dia’s of­fi­cial en­try in the Best For­eign Lan­guage Film cat­e­gory for Os­cars 2018, but did not make it to the fi­nal short­list. “In the Os­car awards, coun­tries from all over the world send their best film so there is a tough com­pe­ti­tion. We tried, but we were not able to win there. We are [how­ever] happy that we reached that plat­form,” says Masurkar.

All praise for the film’s lead ac­tor Ra­jkum­mar Rao, the film­maker also said that Ra­jkum­mar should have been awarded some­thing. “He did a bril­liant job, not just in New­ton but also in films like Trapped and Bareilly Ki Barfi. He did a lot of good work last year.”

Ac­tor Pankaj Tripathi won a Spe­cial Men­tion at the 65th Na­tional Film Awards for his per­for­mance in the film.

PHOTO: WASEEM GASHROO/HT

Amit V Masurkar is the di­rec­tor of the Na­tional Award­win­ning film, New­ton

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