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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 5 nominations. See more awards »





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)


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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Did You Know?


Aravind Adiga dedicated the novel "The White Tiger" to Ramin Bahrani, the Iranian American director of the movie. Turns out the two have been close friends since college. See more »


While the servant is typing to China's Prime Minister on his laptop, he states that India does not have sewage systems. Quite to the contrary, India at the beginnings of the country had one of the first attempts at a running sewer system. See more »


Balram: I was trapped in the rooster coop, and don't believe for a second there's a million rupee game show you can win to get out of it.
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Referenced in The 93rd Oscars (2021) See more »


O Murari Re
Written by Rohit k Sharma (as Rohit K Sharma)
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User Reviews

29 January 2021 | by MadamWardenSee all my reviews

This is an excellent, fun yet stunningly tragic, insight into the caste system in India. For anyone never having visited India, they would think this complete fantasy. Yet. It is incredibly real. India is an extraordinary chasm between the haves and the have nots. Don't be fooled thinking it is about wealth and poverty. It is about being a person or a slave. The majority of Indians' lives are destined to be less than human. Slaves.

This little gem of a movie covers the tragedy through the eyes of a country "mouse". A lovely villager, played superbly by Adash Gourav. A truly memorable performance.

This is a memorable movie and I highly recommend it to anyone remotely interested in India.

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Release Date:

22 January 2021 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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