In this wry tragicomedy, a rookie government clerk finds himself entrusted with a task that appears deceptively simple: collecting 76 votes in a remote village in the jungle of central India.
In this droll dark comedy from India, Newton, an earnest young office worker, volunteers as a poll supervisor, carrying the banner of democracy into the deepest jungle.
Director Amit V. Masurkar infuses his film with an uncannily lyrical sense of the landscape, and mines both tension and deadpan comedy out of the long stretches of waiting and mutual irritation. As Newton, Rajkummar Rao is a surreptitiously charismatic comic marvel: his insistence on democratic principle may be woefully misplaced but it is also quite irresistibly touching.
A brilliantly acted, impeccably written, lovingly shot, humorous, yet poignant film that Indian audiences didn’t ask for, but need.Times of India
A black comedy about the pale spectre of democracy in dark times.Dorothee Wenner, Berlinale