- "Very happy to share this news," tweeted Rajkummar Rao
- "The best choice in years by the federation," tweeted Hansal Mehta
- Newton opened today to superb reviews
#Newton is India's entry to the Oscars. The best choice in years by the federation.— Hansal Mehta (@mehtahansal) September 22, 2017
Twitter is flooded with congratulatory messages and 'Oscars' features on the list of trends.
Newton, directed by Amit V Masurkar, opened today to superb reviews. NDTV.com's Saibal Chatterjee gave it 4 stars, writing: "(RajkummarRao) is perfect as the eponymous Everyman who lets no doubt get in the way of his mission. The actor stamps his class both on the role and the tale." Raja Sen rated it 3.5 stars and praised the performances of both Rajkummar Rao and co-star Pankaj Tripathi. The performances of cast members Raghubir Yadav and Anjali Patil have also been well-received.
Amitabh Bachchan is also a fan, calling the film "an eye opener" in a tweet.
T 2554 - Saw the film 'NEWTON' .. its stark reality was a treat to watch ! An eye opener .. on many aspects .. !! pic.twitter.com/zyeuDUPxiz— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) September 21, 2017
India's submission to the Oscars last year was Visaranai, produced by Dhanush. Previous entries have included small but highly-regarded films such as Court and Liar's Dice. No Indian film since Lagaan in 2001 has made it to the final five of the Oscar nominations, and no Indian film has ever won.