Not a hint of plagiarisation in Newton: producer of Secret Ballot
The producer of Secret Ballot, Marco Mueller took to social media and opined that Newton is not a rip-off of his film
Producer Marco Mueller declares that there was not even a hint of plagiarisation in Rajkummar Rao's Newton, amidst claims that the movie has been inspired from his 2001 Iranian film Secret Ballot. On Monday night, filmmaker Anurag Kashyap, in a Facebook post, shared Muller's opinion after watching Newton.
"A pretty decent film, definitely no rip off from our Secret Ballot, even if the general concept is the same," Mueller's post read. Anurag then asked Mueller if his response could be shared on social media, to which Mueller replied in the affirmative. Kashyap also shared the screenshot of his conversation with Mueller.
On Sunday, defending the film, Kashyap had tweeted, "Newton is as much a copy of Secret Ballot as The Avengers is of Watan Ke Rakhwale."
Last week, Newton was announced as India's official entry under the Oscars' foreign language film category. The film, produced by Manish Mundra of Drishyam Films, had its world premiere at the prestigious Berlin International Film Festival, where it won an award.
Standing up for the film’s originality, Kashyap said, "Newton is an award winner from Berlin fest and I can promise you those curators watch more films in a year than the rest of us do in a lifetime."
While Newton, which stars National Award-winning actor Rajkummar Rao, revolves around a government employee who struggles to supervise voting in a forest area of Chhattisgarh that is controlled by Maoists, Secret Ballot is described as a movie which focusses on the life of a lady ballot officer who visits a barren and desolate place to plead with voters to cast their votes.
Newton's director Amit V Masurkar has already given his take on the controversy, saying, "The story was born from my heart. I had no idea about Secret Ballot."