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Newton is a commercial film, says director Amit Masurkar

IANS  |  Mumbai 

"Newton" which received the Best Hindi Film honour at the 65th National Film Awards, is actually a commercial film as people connected with it, says Masurkar.

Masurkar made the comment while interacting with the media here on Friday along with Krishna Singh Bisht, "Newton" and

When asked whether he WAS open to do typical commercial masala as "Newton" was considered an offbeat or art house film, Masurkar said: "It all depends on THE script. If such kind of script comes my way then why not? I believe that 'Newton' is a commercial film.

"Commercial are those which people watch it in theatres. So I would say that 'Newton' was a commercial film because people did go and see the film in the theatres and they connected with it," he added.

Sharing his views further on masala and commercial films, the said: "I don't know about the word 'masala', as that terminology keeps changing with time. What you call masala in the 1980s are not the same from the ones in the 1990s. So, if you see the kind of progress we are witnessing in films, it is also changing the definition of commercial.

"I feel it is not necessary that if you want to make a commercial film then you have to make a certain kind of film. You can make film on different kind of stories. I think If you make a good film then it automatically becomes commercial."

"Newton" was also selected as India's official entry in the Best Foreign Language Film category for 2018, but did not make it to the final shortlist.

Regarding the Oscars, Masurkar said: "In the Oscar awards, countries from all over the world send their best film so there is a tough competition. We tried but we were not able to win there but we are happy that we reached that platform."

On "Newton's" lead not winning an award on Friday, the said: "I definitely think Rajkummar (Rao) should have been awarded something. He did a brilliant job not just in 'Newton' but also in other films like 'Trapped' and 'Bareilly Ki Barfi'. He did a lot of good work last year."

also won a Special Mention at for his performance in "Newton".

Produced by Manish Mundra, "Newton" revolves around a young government clerk, who is sent on election duty to a Maoist-controlled town. It portrays how the ideological struggle puts him in an awkward situation.

The film was shot in the interiors of



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First Published: Sat, April 14 2018. 10:34 IST