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  Entertainment   Bollywood  24 Sep 2017  I will do my best to see we win the Oscar, says Rajkummar Rao

I will do my best to see we win the Oscar, says Rajkummar Rao

THE ASIAN AGE. | SUBHASH K JHA
Published : Sep 24, 2017, 12:58 am IST
Updated : Sep 24, 2017, 12:58 am IST

It seems to be a dream run for actor Rajkummar Rao with all his films getting rave reviews this year.

Rajkummar Rao
 Rajkummar Rao

Amit Mansur’s Newton has been selected as India’s entry to the Oscars. And its leading man, Rajkummar Rao, is over the moon.

“I can feel good things happening to my career one after another. First there was so much appreciation for Bareilly Ki Barfi. Then I was inundated with praise in Toronto for Hansal Mehta’s Omerta. Barely  days later I get the most amazing reviews for Newton. As though that weren’t enough, on the day that Newton releases, comes the news that our film is going to the Oscars. I feel blessed,” exults Rajkummar.

The actor-extraordinaire admits the Oscar nod has taken him by surprise. “It’s all so sudden. And Newton is not an easy film to categorise. We all worked with conviction and little else.”

The threadbare budget to make Newton would now have to make way for a hefty marketing strategy that will give this quirky film about a determined idealistic polling clerk’s fight to hold election in the jungles  of  Chhattisgarh, a fair chance to take home the Oscar.

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Says Rajkummar, “It’s too early for us to understand how we will position Newton for the Oscars. The fact that it has been selected for the Oscars has barely registered. Now we would need to sit down and work out a  marketing strategy.”

The  actor, who also plays Subhas Chandra Bose in a forthcoming web series, expresses an  unconditional willingness to be the face of Newton at the Oscars. “Of course I will do everything possible to ensure we stand a good chance of bringing home the Oscar. But Newton is not just about me. All of us — director Amit Mansur and my co-actors Pankaj Tripathi, Anjali Patil and RaghubirYadav — worked towards making Newton a statement  on the electoral  process and  the widening lacuna between city life and rural existence.”

Rajkummar Rao hopes that the Oscar-worthiness of  Newton would help it get a wide audience in India. “I am aware that the film doesn’t have  the ingredients for an instant  success. But we’re hoping that  the terrific reviews, word of mouth and Oscar nod would get the audience interested.”

He hopes that Newton gets the audience it deserves,  “Cinema in our country is changing rapidly. Newton is proof of that change. It is important that we take its message  of electoral obligations to the Oscars.”

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