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Newton to compete with Angelina Jolie’s First They Killed My Father for Best Foreign Film Oscar

First They Killed My Father is based on the experiences of human rights activist Loung Ung. Netflix distributed the film worldwide. Cambodia has made the film its official entry to the Oscars.

bollywood Updated: Sep 23, 2017 13:46 IST
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Rajkummar Rao plays the titular role in Newton.
Rajkummar Rao plays the titular role in Newton.

India has decided to send Rajkummar Rao’s Newton as its official Oscar entry. The film is a satire on the Indian electoral process in which Rao plays a presiding officer. The film also has Pankaj Tripathi, Raghuvir Yadav and Anjali Patil in important roles.

Now, Newton needs to brace itself for a tight fight in the Best Foreign Language Film category at the Oscars as it will be up against some really acclaimed features, which include Hollywood star Angelina Jolie’s Cambodian film, First They Killed My Father.

The film is based on the experiences of human rights activist Loung Ung. Netflix distributed the film worldwide. Cambodia has made the film its official entry to the Oscars.

However, this isn’t the only talked about film in this category. Newton will also have to compete with master director Fatih Akin’s German film In The Fade and Pakistan’s Saawan.

There are other well received films in the competition as well. It won’t be easy for Newton to reach in top five.

Earlier in a conversation with Hindustan Times, the film’s producer Manish Mundra suggested the team of Newton is working on a strategy to conquer the West.

He said, “We will try to raise enough funds to make our presence felt, so that influencers can watch the film and talk about it. I am sure if the influencers like it and the foreign media picks it, then we can reach the point where we can put up a fight. Most of them are based in the US, so we will also try for a quick release there.”

The Oscars will commence in the first week of March 2018.