The premise of Newton is quite unusual – at first glance, it looks like a docu-drama, but scratch the surface and what emerges is a social commentary about how the democratic process works in reality. While an actor of Rajkummar Rao’s caliber is enough to get the audience into the theatre, keeping their attention glued needs special skills, since the storyline can get slow. That is when a sound designer, like Niraj Gera, has to use his inventiveness. Rather than falling prey to the acoustics, he comes up with natural noises in the background and tones that shift with the narrative without bursting forth so as to disrupt the sublime dramedy. This makes the movie an easy-to-watch and enjoy movie without leaving a distaste about the way elections are held, and gives hope for a better future.
Hot 100, Sound Artists, Niraj Gera, Newton
16 July 2018