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The White Tiger (2021)

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An ambitious Indian driver uses his wit and cunning to escape from poverty and rise to the top. An epic journey based on the New York Times bestseller.


Ramin Bahrani


Ramin Bahrani (written for the screen by), Aravind Adiga (based on the book by)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Adarsh Gourav ... Balram
Rajkummar Rao ... Ashok
Priyanka Chopra ... Pinky Madam (as Priyanka Chopra Jonas)
Vedant Sinha ... Dharam
Kamlesh Gill ... Granny
Sandeep Singh Sandeep Singh ... Young Kishan
Tilak Raj Tilak Raj ... Tea Shop Owner
Satish Kumar ... Balram's Father
Harshit Mahawar Harshit Mahawar ... Young Balram
Mahesh Pillai Mahesh Pillai ... School Inspector
Rajinder Singh Pancharia Rajinder Singh Pancharia ... Teacher
Mahesh Manjrekar ... The Stork
Vijay Maurya ... Mukesh 'The Mongoose'
Sanket Shanware ... Kishan
Balvinder Singh Baryah Balvinder Singh Baryah ... Driving Instructor (as Balvinder Singh)

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Balram Halwai (Adarsh Gourav) narrates his epic and darkly humorous rise from poor villager to successful entrepreneur in modern India. Cunning and ambitious, our young hero jockeys his way into becoming a driver for Ashok (Rajkumar Rao) and Pinky (Priyanka Chopra-Jonas), who have just returned from America. Society has trained Balram to be one thing - a servant - so he makes himself indispensable to his rich masters. But after a night of betrayal, he realizes the corrupt lengths they will go to trap him and save themselves. On the verge of losing everything, Balram rebels against a rigged and unequal system to rise up and become a new kind of master. Written by Netflix

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Crime | Drama

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Rated R for language, violence and sexual material | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Rajkummar Rao and Priyanka Chopra's first collaboration See more »


When balram is walking in the market, a board of brand mi and a guy standing next to it wearing a brand jio t-shirt can be seen. Both the brand were not in India in 2009. See more »


Ashok: So, Balram, do you know what the Internet is?
Balram: No, sir, but I could drive to the market right now, sir, and get as many as you want.
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Written by Raghav (as Raghav Mathur), Nina Mathur, Pliers (as Everton Bonner), Lowell 'Sly' Dunbar (as Sly Dunbar), Chaka Demus (as John Taylor), Lloyd Willis
Performed by Raghav
Couretsy of Mathurmatics Records LTD.
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An 'Indian' movie clearly aimed at a western audience.
2 February 2021 | by MOscarbradleySee all my reviews

Produced by Netflix and clearly aimed at an international, or at least a western, audience Ramin Bahrani's film version of Aravind Adiga's best-selling novel "The White Tiger" is a 'modern' Indian's vision of India filtered through western eyes. It's hero, Balram, (an excellent Adarsh Gourav), is an ambitious lower-caste servant who finagles his way into a rich landlord's home as a driver before circumstances force him to take drastic action to better himself and become, as he describes it, an entrepeneur.

it's an entertaining movie crammed full of 'local colour' with an eye very much on the tourist market but it lacks depth. Themes like poverty, the caste-system and political corruption, (rife it would appear), are glossed over in favour of a thriller plot as if dwelling on these issues in any detail would detract from what is primarily 'an entertainment'. The film feels a little too "Slumdog Millionaire" when it should be "Wall Street" with Gourav as both Michael Douglas and Charlie Sheen. By the time it moves into darker territory it feels more than a little contrived. Still, it's redeemed by Gourav's outstanding performance, clearly marking him out as a talent to watch in the future.

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Release Date:

22 January 2021 (USA) See more »

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