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.

Director:

Ramin Bahrani

Writers:

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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Storyline

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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While the servant is being evaluated for his driving; Ashok's brother, The Mongoose, states that he will be offered 1500 rupees for a month and 2000 rupees beyond 2 months. In U.S. $, that is approximately $37 (events based in 2007) with a 33.4% raise to $48 See more »

Goofs

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 »

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Balram: [narrating] I am not a politician. There are extraordinary men who can kill and move on.
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Referenced in The 93rd Oscars (2021) See more »

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Feel Good Inc.
Written by Damon Albarn, Jamie Hewlett, Danger Mouse (as Brian Joseph Burton), and Trugoy The Dove (as David Jolicoeur)
Performed by Gorillaz
Courtesy of Parlophone Records Ltd.
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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Adarsh Gaurav shines
29 January 2021 | by vikassudSee all my reviews

Adarsh Gaurav stole the entire screen space. Even though his role was titular, he was pitched up against Priyanka Chopra and Rrajkumar Rao, both acting giants. Hence, coming out tops over them was no joke. His prowess in the acting department was refreshing to experience. Watch the movie especially for his performance.


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22 January 2021 (USA) See more »

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