It cannot get bigger than this: Rajkummar Rao on 'Newton' going to Oscars
New Delhi : Actor Rajkummar Rao cannot explain how happy he is with the news that his recent release 'Newton' has been chosen as India's official entry for Oscars 2018.
In an exclusive interview to India Today, he said that things could not get bigger and better than this.
"It is huge. I am really happy. It is a great day as film released, and is getting great response from everywhere. And on top of that, you get this news of your film being the official entry to Oscars this year, it can't get bigger than this," said Rao.
He added: "I am so happy that cinema is going through so much change, especially this year. Content is finally getting its due. And the same kind of sincerity we have made Newton with, it's resonating with the audience. And they could feel the sincerity and purity of the film."
"Newton", a Hindi film set against the backdrop of elections in the world's largest democracy, was on Friday announced as India's official entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars. It's team is ecstatic.
"Newton", directed by Amit V. Masurkar and starring the stellar Rajkummar Rao, was chosen from among 26 titles from different languages by a 14-member jury appointed by the Film Federation of India.
"It was a unanimous decision. Titles like 'Dangal' and 'Mukti Bhavan' were part of the list," Supran Sen, secretary general of FFI, told IANS.
"Newton" revolves around a young government clerk who is sent on election duty to a Maoist-controlled town and how the ideological struggle puts him in an awkward situation. It was shot in the interiors of Chhatisgarh.
(With IANS inputs)