Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap has voiced his support to the team of 'Newton', amid reports that the film has striking similarities with an Iranian movie 'Secret Ballot'.
The 45-year-old director took to Twitter to praise the Amit Masurkar directorial, which was announced as India's official entry for the Best Foreign Language Film category in the Oscars.
Kashyap also took a dig at those claiming the movie was inspired by Babak Payami's 2001 directorial venture.
"'Newton' is as much a copy of 'Secret Ballot' as 'The Avengers' is of 'Watan Ke Rakhwale'. "'Newton' is an award winner from Berlin Fest and I canpromise you those curators watch more films in a year thanrest of us do in a lifetime," Kashyap wrote.
'Newton', which features Rajkummar Rao as the lead, revolves around a government employee struggling to supervise voting in a conflict-area of Chhattisgarh, while 'Secret Ballot' focuses on a day in the life of a woman ballot officer who visits a desolate place in Iran to convince people to cast their vote.
That day when you wake up to the news that a deserving film makes a deserving box office .. Newton Shines .. super happy..— Anurag Kashyap (@anuragkashyap72) September 24, 2017
"Newton" is as much a copy of "Secret Ballot" as The Avengers is of Watan Ke Rakhwale— Anurag Kashyap (@anuragkashyap72) September 24, 2017
Newton is an award winner from Berlin Fest and I can promise you those curators watch more films in a year than rest of us do in a lifetime.— Anurag Kashyap (@anuragkashyap72) September 24, 2017