“Jab tak kuch nahin badloge na dost, kuch nahin badlega,” Newton, played by Rajkummar Rao, quotes Isaac Newton in Newton (I swear repetition wasn’t intended). It’s a line that defines the entire film.
Newton is an idealist. And according to his senior played by Sanjay Mishra, he is arrogant about it. But he’s determined to bring about a change, come what may. He’s appointed as the presiding election officer in a ‘sensitive’ Chhattisgarh jungle. It’s ‘not safe’ because of the Naxalite issue. Newton has many challenges up against him to make sure the voting takes place fairly. The people of the village are least bothered and so is his election team.
The first half of the film is slow. You are introduced to the characters, there are many funny scenes, mainly because of the dialogues and they all seem natural. But there’s nothing much happening when it comes to taking the story forward. It’s in the second half that the story really progresses and you are hooked on to the proceedings. It shows how bringing about any change is one of the most difficult things to do.
There are also many subtle jibes made like how being honest is supposed to be normal but we make it a big deal, or how being on time is considered to be an achievement. The best part about it is that it never gets preachy.
Rajkummar Rao proves yet again what a great actor he is. Pankaj Tripathi is wonderful. Ragubir Yadav is hilarious and how! He pulls it off in style. Anjali Patil is good in her small role.
Barring it’s sluggish first half, Newton is a rare gem. We give it 3.5 stars with a kink.
“Jab tak kuch nahin badloge na dost, kuch nahin badlega,” Newton, played by Rajkummar Rao, quotes Isaac Newton in Newton (I swear repetition wasn’...3.5