Rajkummar Rao opens up about Newton’s Oscar selection & other wins!
Rajkummar Rao opens his heart out about his latest achievements, including Newton’s Oscar selection among Indian films.
Actor Rajkummar Rao is on a career high. He is on the top of his game right now with success surrounding him in all frontiers. After the successful release of Bareilly Ki Barfi, the actor was showered with praises. Also, his latest outing Newton, directed by Amit Masurkar has been selected as India’s official entry for Oscars 2018. With back to back success stories, an overwhelmed and joyous Rajkummar Rao opened up like never before.
In a media statement, Rajkummar Rao said, “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.”
“It’s all so sudden. And Newton is not an easy film to categorize. We all worked on conviction and little else. 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,” he added.
Talking about supporting the film, he said, “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 Raghubir Yadav – worked towards making Newton a statement on the electoral process and the widening lacuna between city life and rural existence.”
“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 the Oscar nod would get the audience interested. 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,” Rajkummar added.
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