Rajkummar Rao, Newton
Rajkummar Rao in Newton posterPR handout

Rajkummar Rao, who was last seen in Behen Hogi Teri, is teaming up with producer Aanand L Rai for his next, Newton. The talented actor will play the titular role in the comedy drama.

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Rai, who has blockbuster Tanu Weds Manu franchise and Raanjhanaa to his credit, said in a statement: "As a producer it has been my constant endeavour to reach more and more people with meaningful, thought provoking yet entertaining films that will strike a chord with new age audiences. Newton as a film not only moved me but also had me laughing throughout and I hope audiences enjoy it just as much."

He is co-producing the film with Manish Mundra, founder of Drishyam Films, and the producer of award-winning film Masaan. Mundra said: "We are very happy to join hands with Anand L Rai and have him on board as the presenter of Newton. With his invaluable support, the film will surely reach a much larger Indian audience. We are also looking forward to working together on many more content-driven films which will help us grow more and make an impact nationwide."

Rajkummar Rao
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Newton was premiered at the 67th Berlin International Film Festival and had received a standing ovation. It had also won the CICAE Award for Best Film in the Forum Section.

Besides Rajkummar, Newton boasts a stellar cast including Pankaj Tripathi, Sanjay Mishra, Raghubir Yadav and Anjali Patil. The film is scheduled to release on August 18.