India’s submission to the Oscar’s foreign-language category, Newton is an indie that in India has achieved box office numbers comparable to mid-range mainstream films. Its Roi was 3x the production cost.
Drishyam Films produced the Hindi-language film, about a rookie poll officer who overcomes the odds to conduct free and fair elections in a remote tribal area, on a budget of 45 million rupees ($692,000). It opened September 22 in India and grossed $4.8 million.
I interviewed Amit Masurkari about his film which premiered at the Berlinale Forum and won the Cicae Award. The Cicae Award is given by the international association of art house exhibitors.
The film is funny and