“The Plagiarism Charge Does Not Change Anything For Newton,” Says Film Federation Chief

In what seems  to be  a suspiciously well(?)-timed move to hurt Amit Masurkar’s highly lauded Newton, a sudden plagiarism charge hit  the film out of nowhere on Saturday triggering off a heated internet debate on how eligible  Newton is to represent India at the Oscars.

While director Masurkar dismisses the charges  of Newton being inspired by the Iranian film Secret Ballot as “baseless”, Supran Sen, the Secretary-General  of the Film Frederation Of India which selects  the film to go to the Oscars each year, wonders where these allegations of  non-originality against Newton suddenly surfaced after the  film was selected as India’s official entry to the Oscars and was given a grant of Re 1 crore by the Indian government.

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“The Iranian film has been around for 16 years.So all the learned critics who watch global cinema  were aware  of its existence. Newton was  premiered at the Berlin  Film Festival in February. If  at all there were similarities between Newton and the  other film, why didn’t anyone at Berlin notice it? Why did this question suddenly come up after the film was selected by us to go to the Oscars?” asks Sen.

Sen says this controversy doesn’t change anything for Newton. “No rule for the Best Foreign Film category at the Oscars states that any likeness  to any other film in any form is a disqualification.We’ve full faith in the team behind Newton and we stand by the film, as of now.”

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A source close the developments  finds the timing  of the plagiarism charges very suspicious. “The minuteNewton was selected for the Oscar, the Iranian  film came into the picture.Almost as if the attempt to  pullNewton down was planned.”

Interestingly the film that missed being India’s Oscar entry by  a hair’s breadth  is  the Aamir Khan  blockbusterDangal.And if Newton  misses the bus, Dangal goes.

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