It's been six years since the release of Newton (2017), which marked an important turning point in the careers of actors Rajkummar Rao and Pankaj Tripathi. Directed by Amit V. Masurkar, the film is a black comedy-drama that sheds light on the state of India's democratic process. It questions if the Indian public is voting from a place of ignorance, or making carefully considered choices.
Sharing his thoughts on the film and it's ongoing popularity, Rao said, “When I look back at the incredible journey of Newton and see how it still resonates with audiences today, it's a deeply humbling experience and motivates me to play more critically acclaimed roles. It reminds me that meaningful storytelling has the power to connect across time and place, and I'm incredibly proud to have been a part of it.”
In Newton, Rao played the role of Nutan 'Newton' Kumar, a young government clerk who is sent on election duty to a Naxal-controlled town in the jungles of Chhattisgarh, India. Kumar's determination to ensure a free and fair election, clash with the weary cynicism and frustration of CRPF Commandant Aatma Singh (Tripathi), who did not want elections to be conducted in the volatile area. The film's supporting cast included acclaimed actors like Raghubir Yadav, Sanjay Mishra and Omkar Das Manikpuri.
Rao was seen recently in the series Guns & Gulaabs on Netflix. He will be seen next in Stree 2 and Mr and Mrs Mahi.