Austin Dec 5th 2017 | DFW Dec 7th 2017
India/2017/106 Minutes/ Hindi with English Subtitles
Newton Kumaar, a rookie government clerk who belongs to a Dalit community, is sent on election duty to a Naxal-controlled town in the conflict-ridden jungles of Chhattisgarh, India. Faced with the apathy of security forces and the looming fear of guerrilla attacks by communist rebels, he tries his best to conduct free and fair voting despite the odds stacked against him. He is disappointed when the voters do not turn up for the election. Later when a foreign reporter turns up at the polling station the security forces force the villagers from the constituency to turn up to cast their votes. Soon Newton realizes that they have no idea what the election is about. He desperately tries to educate them but the security head pushes him aside and tells villagers that voting machine is a toy. The foreign reporter gets a good news report about India's democracy Newton wants to sit at the polling booth for the stipulated time but is forced to flee due to a naxal attack which he realizes later was staged by the police. On the way back he decides to collect votes of four villagers who suddenly turn up from nowhere inside the forest from which the security forces are escorting Newton back.
The chief of security is reluctant to let them do so. Taking his duty very seriously, Newton steals his gun and points it on the chief of forces till the villagers cast their votes. He even keeps him at gunpoint after their voting for the remaining two minutes of his official duty. The security forces then beat him up out of frustration. The movie concludes with a shot of the area 6 months later, showing mining activity ongoing, the Chief of security is shown shopping and indulging his wife and daughter over a bottle of olive oil. Newton is shown in his office keeping up with his old ways before a visit by the local election officer Malko and they agree to have tea but as per rules followed by Newton in the lunch time.
Interested in screening this in your hometown?
Tuesday, December 5th 2017 | 7:00 - 9:00 PM
AFS Cinema, 6406 N IH-35 Suite 3100, Austin, Texas 78752
***Director Amit Masurkar will be present for a post-screening Q&A***
Amit Masurkar is born and brought up in Mumbai and studied in IES School, Dadar. Amit dropped out of an engineering course at Manipal Institute of Technology at the age of 20 to pursue filmmaking. He later acquired a BA degree in History from Mumbai University.