Amit Masurkar’s Newton has seen a rough start. With low first-day earnings to a pirated version of the movie being released online. To add salt to the injuries, NDTV.com claimed that the movie was copied from the Iranian movie, Secret Ballot. Soon after, the sales of the movie picked up, it was nominated for Oscars and the plagiarism allegations was denied by the maker of Secret Ballot himself.
In an interview with Cinestaan, the maker of Secret Ballot, Babak Payami put to rest the allegations of plagiarism against Newton. “I saw the film and there is no sign of plagiarism. “These are completely different films," said Payami. He added, “Any similarities between the two films are broad and I don’t see any specific stylistic or structural similarities between the two films. These are two different films on a common theme."
On the contrary, Babak was all praise for the movie. “I am happy for the filmmakers’ success and Oscar nomination to represent India. This is an important subject matter that must be dealt with by us from deep within our own societies and should not be left to outsiders’ patronizing views of our people’s history and struggle for democracy. India is the world’s largest democracy with her share of trials and tribulations. I only hope that more artist use their voice and engage their audiences with this subject".The Rajkumar-starrer movie was backed up Anurag Kashyap initially when it was accused of plagiarism. In his tweet, he said “"Newton" is as much a copy of "Secret Ballot" as The Avengers is of Watan Ke Rakhwale”. He further supported the movie by tweeting that Newton was a winner at the Berlin Film Festival where the curators watch more movies in a year than the general audience does in a lifetime. Before the interview with Babak had come out, Kashyap had shared the snippet of the interview to silence the “over-enthusiastic media” and cinephiles.