Amit V. Masurkar, director of Newton, India’s official entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 90th Academy Awards, was bitten by the film bug while studying engineering at the Manipal Institute of Technology. He got hooked to cinema from across the world at the illegal video parlours outside the campus. Masurkar dropped out of the course, and his film journey began. The big break came as the staff writer of the TV show, The Great Indian Comedy Show. Odd jobs in films kept coming. Having written many film scripts that reached nowhere, he plunged into his début film with friends for help and support. He stuck to his comfort zone — the familiar world of film strugglers in the Yari Road-Versova area in Mumbai — for the slacker comedy Sulemani Keeda.