After a decent opening weekend, the box office collection of Bollywood actor Rajkummar Rao's film, which is India's official entry to Oscars, 'Newton' has dropped on Day 4. According to reports, 'Newton' has earned Rs 1.40 crore on Monday, taking its total box office collection of 4 days to Rs 8.30 crore. 'Newton' has seemingly got a push after it was declared India's official entry to Oscars and the word of mouth has helped the movie too.
Rajkummar Rao in 'Newton'
According to a report in Boxofficeindia.com, director Amit Masurkar's 'Newton' slowed down on Monday after having a good jump in its collections over the weekend.
'Newton' clashed with Sanjay Dutt's comeback film 'Bhoomi' and Shraddha Kapoor's 'Haseena Parkar' on Friday. If the opening weekend collections are any indication, Rajkummar Rao's satire seems to be the audience's pick among the three Bollywood releases. While it did open on a weak note on Friday, the Amit Masurkar-directed black comedy showed an exponential rise over the following two days. With collections of Rs 2.52 crore on Saturday and Rs 3.42 crore on Sunday, it enjoyed a strong opening weekend of Rs 6.90 crore.
While Shraddha Kapoor's biopic lagged behind at Rs 6.1 crore, Sanjay Dutt's father-daughter drama managed to garner Rs 7.48 crore over the first weekend. What is noteworthy though is that 'Newton' showed higher collections than both films on Saturday and Sunday. It can't be denied that Newton's selection as India's official entry to Oscars raised the audience's interest in the film.
'Newton', however, has courted controversy amid reports that the film has striking similarities with an Iranian movie 'Secret Ballot'. 'Newton' director Amit V Masurkar says he was completely unaware of the Iranian film 'Secret Ballot' and that people should watch both the films and compare to find out if they are copied.
'Newton' has been chosen as India's official selection for Oscars 2018. A day after this news was announced, several reports came out claiming that the film has been inspired by a 2001 Iranian movie titled 'Secret Ballot', helmed by Babak Payami. It focuses on the life of a ballot officer who visits a barren and desolate place to plead with voters to cast their votes and take part in the elections.
'Newton' had its world premiere at the 67th Berlin International Film Festival and won the International Confederation of Art Cinemas Award for best film in the 'Forum Section'.
Producer Marco Mueller feels that there was not even a hint of plagiarisation in Rajkummar Rao's 'Newton', amidst claims that the movie has been inspired from his 2001 Iranian film 'Secret Ballot'.
On Monday night, filmmaker Anurag Kashyap, in a Facebook post, shared Muller's opinion after watching 'Newton'. The filmmaker praised the Amit Masurkar-directed movie. Kashyap also took a dig at those claiming the movie was inspired by Babak Payami's 2001 directorial venture.
"Newton is as much a copy of Secret Ballot as The Avengers is of Watan Ke Rakhwale. Newton is an award winner from Berlin Fest and I can promise you those curators watch more films in a year than the rest of us do in a lifetime," Kashyap wrote.
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