A government clerk name Newton Kumar is sent on Election Duty to a naxal-controlled town. He tries his best to conduct free and fair elections against the odds. Starring Rajkummar Rao in the lead, the film stars Pankkaj Tripathi in a pivotal role and is directed by Amit Masurkar.
A government clerk name Newton Kumar is sent on Election Duty to a naxal-controlled town. He tries his best to conduct free and fair elections against the odds. Starring Rajkummar Rao in the lead, the film stars Pankkaj Tripathi in a pivotal role and is directed by Amit Masurkar. less
“It simple, it's touching, it's everything you hope from a film like this.”
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This is a different film as compared to the films like Simran and Judwa 2 being seen nowadays. It is a no frills straight forward documentary style exercise on the difficulties in conducting election in Naxalite infected area in the hinterland. All the more complications come up when the Presiding officer Newton ( Rajkummar Rao )is extremely sincere wants to conduct the election as per the rule book and will not accept compromises arranged by CRPF officer ( PankajvTripathi) who is more down to earth and in touch with the ground situation there. Having set up the election booth in the jungle Newton waits for the voters disregarding the suggestion of the CRPF officer to collect them and bring them. While waiting Newton also does not allow his deputy Raghuveer Yadav to play cards. Newton is constantly in conflict with CPRF officer regarding conduct of the voting since he wants to go by the book and this leads to a minor skirmish forming the climax. Director Amit Masurkar has done a splendid job in documenting this subject and bringing out the issues involved. It is a simple film which should appeal to all. Rajkummar Rao gives a sterling performance as usual and this just goes to show how talented he is. Almost stealing the show is Pankaj Tripathi as the CRPF officer pitted against a rule book guided election officer. Raghuveer Yadav and Sanjay Mishra have acted well too. Regarding the selection of the film for the Oscars, all I can say is that the film needs to be formatted differently and customised to appeal to an International audience. I feel a little more dramatisation of the life of tribals will help in this direction.