Over one and a half decade after Aamir Khan's 'Lagaan' kindled hopes for India at the Oscars awards by bagging a nomination in the Best foreign film category, 'Newton' failing to make a cut at the Academy of Motion pictures creates a feeling of deja vu for Indian cinema.
'Newton', chosen as India's entry to the Oscars in best foreign language film category this year, has failed to figure in the initial shortlist of nine films chosen by the Oscars, from among the 92 films which were in fray in the category of 'Best Foreign language film'.
Starring Rajkumar, Pankaj Tripathi, Raghubir Yadav and Anjali Patil, the Hindi movie tells the story of a polling officer, Newton Kumar, whose mission is to conduct free and fair elections in the conflict-ridden jungles of Chhattisgarh.
'Newton', which beat films like Aamir Khan's 'Dangal' to emerge as the unanimous choice of the FFI selection committee headed by Telugu producer CV Reddy, had been considered the best bet for India at the prestigious awards.
The optimism over 'Newton' bagging the coveted Oscars in the Best foreign language film category was based on the fact that even before its release, the film has travelled to several international film festivals.