Rajkummar Rao's 'Newton' becomes India's official selection for Oscars 2018

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Film Federation of India announced that Rajkummar Rao starrer political satire Newton will be India's official entry for the Oscars 2018.

Newton, directed by Amit V Masurkar, stars Pankaj Tripathi, Anjali Patil, Raghubir Yadav, and Sanjay Mishra alongside Rao.

"Newton was chosen unanimously by the committee out of 26 entries. Everyone in the committee liked it," said Telugu producer CV Reddy who is the head of selection committee of the Film Federation of India.

It's a story of a bureaucrat who is trying to conduct a free and fair election against all odds in a Naxal area in rural India.

"I'm very grateful to the committee for choosing Newton," Amit V Masurkar told Scroll. "We are in the theatres today and this announcement will help in making more people watch the film. After all, this is a film we made for India."

Rajkummar Rao also shared the news on his Twitter account.

Very happy to share this news that  is India's official entry to the  this year. Congratulations team.

Aamir Khan's Dangal, SS Rajamouli's Baahubali: The Conclusion was also in the running for the selection.

Newton will now compete with Angelina Jolie's First They Killed My Father from Cambodia, Robin Campillo’s BPM: Beats Per Minute from France, among other contenders to make it to final six.

The 90th Academy Awards will take place on March 4, 2018.
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