A day after Rajkummar Rao starrer ‘Newton’ was announced as India’s official entry to the Oscars 2018. There were reports that suggested ‘Newton’ was inspired by the Iranian film ‘Secret Ballot’.
Refuting the claims of plagiarism, Amit Masurkar, the director of Newton said, “I knew someday people will draw similarities but what can one do? When you write a story, there is a possibility that someone else must have written a similar story somewhere in the world.”
We have now come across another interesting fact about the movie ‘Newton’. The poster of the movie do bear some resemblance with the poster of Satyajit Ray’s Bengali film, ‘Ganashatru’ starring National Award winning actor Soumitra Chatterjee. Although the theme of both the movies are totally different but the posters of the two do have similarities.
Directed by Babak Payami, the storyline of ‘Secret Ballot’ revolves around the life of ballot officer who visits a desolate place to convince the voters in that area to vote and take part in the election. Similarly, in ‘Newton’, Rajkummar, who plays the role of an election officer, goes to a Naxal-controlled area in Chhattisgarh and requests people in the area to vote.
Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap who was especially annoyed by the comparisons took to Twitter to express his views. He said, “Newton is as much a copy of Secret Ballot” as The Avengers is of Watan Ke Rakhwale.” Not just that, he wrote to Marco Muller, the producer of Secret Ballot, who watched Newton and confirmed that it was “definitely no rip-off”.