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?


The music that was turned up in the car after Ashok's brother, The Mongoose, left is Feel Good Inc.- Gorillaz See more »


While Balram roams in the streets of Delhi, a Xiaomi (MI) sign can be seen. Xiaomi started operating in India in 2014, while the story takes place in the early 2000s. See more »


Balram: [narrating] The last days in my success story was to go from social entrepreneur to business entrepreneur. This was not easy. But I had an edge, I had come to Bangalore, and Mr. Ashok had told me the future: out-sourcing.
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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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An Indian story made for a western audience
23 January 2021 | by i_odinSee all my reviews

The White Tiger belongs to the class of cinema which is being told by a breed of not-so-Indian storytellers who seems to understand Indian problems. Sometimes they miss and sometimes they hit bullseye. This film is somewhere in between. If you go by the story, then you know this film is quintessentially Indian telling the story in a way so as to engage the western audience also. And by doing so, it somehow abandons that Indian audience. As an indian, there are far more superior quality cinema already made (most of them in regional cinemas) who tackles this subject with not just more sincerity but also with a heart. This film is often fails to do so and seems soulless. But having said that unfortunately AND fortunately this film will get a greater acceptance in the west because it presents the story in a way the West understands the problem. For instance, a small trivial detail might not matter to a western audience but the fact that the Stork even with his vast wealth and cultural superiority complex decides to travel in a sleeper class (or could easily be just General Class) of a train can and will erk an Indian audience. But for a Westerner that is just an exotic scene describing "how Indians travel". Same applies to the caste divide. For some foreigner the fact that one character is upper caste and the other is lower caste is enough for them to (have the illusion that they) understand India's vast cultural divide. But for an Indian that's just gross simplification.

As I said these are just trivial details but they explain so much more about the intent of the makers. Maybe it was a conscious decision but as an Indian that's just mediocre cinema.

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