- Newton was announced as the Oscar entry last week
- "I never think about awards," said Rajamouli
- "It is not my aim," he added
"When I make a film, I never think about awards. It is not my aim. The aim is to first satisfy myself with the story and then next is to see that it reaches the maximum number of audience and makes money for everyone who has put their life in it," the director added. The Baahubali series of films were made on a budget of Rs 150 crore - which is only one-tenth of what Baahubali: The Conclusion has brought in.
Rajamouli also added that he measures the films' success in terms of box office crores and the appreciation they've received, adding awards is not the prize he looks forward to: "That is my most important thing. If awards come, then I am happy. If they don't, I don't mind that because they are not at all my criteria." Baahubali: The Beginning opened in 2015 and won two National Awards the following year - Best Feature and Best Special Effects.
With Rajkummar Rao headlining the cast, Newton is currently on the verge of wide-spread popularity. Newton released on Friday, which is also when the cast and crew announced the big news. Trade analyst Ramesh Bala revealed that the socio-political drama was picked out of 26 films by a jury of 14 members. Newton casts Rajkummar as a polling agent, a character which has been described by film critic Raja Sen as "irritatingly earnest" in a corruption plagued setting.
(With IANS inputs)