KABIR SINGH & NEWTON, both films named on Protagonist, both the protagonists deals with internal conflicts, like too much anger and too much honesty, & their internal conflicts and personalities puts them in opposition with society and usual norms, and they have two choices either they surrender and become like them or they resist, and our men choose the latter.
Though Characters may seem similar from broader perspective ( Rigid, Unconventional, Arrogant & Honest) but their lives are depicted in completely different manner, see how:
NARRATIVE STRUCTURE: KABIR SINGH is a NON-LINEAR Storytelling narrative. Whereas NEWTON is Linear, what is that??? . Well a Linear storytelling narrative is one in which the story moves forward only and doesn’t go back in time to and forth. In nonlinear the exact opposite happens, the best example of this is 3-IDIOTS. In Mainstream filmmaking, this is considered essential to do so that your film can become more Dramatic (or melodramatic).
Background Scores & Music: In KABIR SINGH the background scores were the main highlight and were used as emotion-intensifiers. The Rock and pop music in Kabir Singh was giving the audience extra adrenaline-rush, remember that wada-waaooon-waoon-waooon in the background. The Music of the film was used to do the tonality of the scene, Like “Kaise Hua” & “Pehla Paar” to mark new/first love in Kabir life, “Bekhayali” signifying pain of a breakup, “Tughe Kitna chahne lage” to remark that Kabir still loves Preeti the most and will now only live his life with her. Even the important conversation like Kabir talking to his dad at dadi’s funeral and shiva convincing Kabir all had BGMs to make the scene melodramatic.
The exact opposite happens in NEWTON Where the film has no background scores at all even the film had important conversational scenes like Malko talking to Newton and Newton conversing with Atma Singh, no BGMs. this is what makes NEWTON so realistic because it signifies how simple is the life of newton and how simplistically rural Indian life is portrayed.
CHARACTER-REVELATIONS: In Kabir Singh, we saw no character revelations besides Kabir & every secondary character in the film was only there to reveal the side of Kabir, they lacked individuality. Shiva was there to be Kabir’s backbone Preeti too was only signifying how madly Kabir can love someone, Kabir’s dadi or dad everyone was related to Kabir and Kabir only. But, in NEWTON we saw the character as an individual identity ATMA SINGH had his motivation to save his boy’s that’s why he did a fake attack, Shambhu has only come to this village because he wanted to sit in a helicopter, the village boys explaining Shambhu & Newton about schemes to earn money there signifies their economic conditions and how they think money can be earned in this world, Malko was seen as a representation of the tribal villagers, she is explaining their plight to the officials especially NEWTON. So how the character’s inner motivation is revealed in the film is beautiful to see.
ENDING & Coincidences: In Kabir Singh, the unusual coincidence happens one after another. Kabir meeting Preeti just before leaving the college, Preeti is the one who turns out to be Kabir relative, Preeti marrying in just two days & those two days Kabir is unconscious, whenever Kabir is lost everyone founds him someway or the other, no matter where he is either in hills or in some slum areas his friends found him at right time, the actress referred to Kabir only. The ending was also very melodramatic where the baby turns out to be of Kabir and the family reunites and they lived happily ever after. Newton’s scenes were more real though there was co-incidence there as well but, it was all making sense and structured properly. The ending was simple where we saw Atma Singh as a human character spending time with his family and in the last shot Newton is seen doing his job earnestly means he hasn’t changed but has become freer now.