I’m glad to have seen The White Tiger, and I can’t wait to see more films from Ramin Bahrani. This Indian-American author has been building a career on a solid foundation, and this is his first Western film. His direction and cast are terrific, and he delivers a strong, moving film.
Ramin Bahrani’s direction
The White Tiger is a film directed by Ramin Bahrani, an American screenwriter and director. His chop shop film was named the sixth best movie of the 2000s by Roger Ebert, and he was awarded the 2009 Guggenheim Fellowship.
The film is inspired by the novel by Indian writer Mahendra Adiga. The film adaptation was delayed for several years, but Bahrani read the early drafts of the novel and was able to direct the film. The film was extensively shot in Delhi from October to December 2019. It premiered in Las Vegas on 6 January 2021 and released in limited movie theaters in the United States on 13 January 2021. It was then released worldwide via Netflix.
The White Tiger’s plot revolves around two startling scenes, involving a drunk truck driver in Delhi. Pinky (Priyanka Chopra) is intoxicated and drives a truck on a foggy road, swerving to avoid hidden dangers. Unfortunately, she ends up hitting a little girl.
Netflix’s The White Tiger
Netflix has finally added The White Tiger to their list of movies that you can stream. It’s a book to movie adaptation and stars Rajkummar Rao, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, and Adarsh Gourav. It was produced by Mukul Deora and Ramin Bahrani. The film is based on a novel by Aravind Adiga, and it’s about a tiger named Balram.
While Bahrani demonstrates his ability to create an entertaining and intelligent film, it does suffer from a formulaic storyline. It whittles down the complexities of Balram’s life into a series of simplistic symbols, tag lines, and betrayals. As a result, there’s little room for character development. In some ways, the film is a satire, while at other times it’s a polemic.
Despite its dark tone, The White Tiger maintains the atmosphere of the novel. While Ramin Bahrani’s screenplay avoids the clichés of exotic India, it does expose the hypocrisy of modern India. The cast is solid, including Adarsh Gourav as a poor villager who finds himself at the bottom of the food chain. Rajkummar Rao and Priyanka Chopra Jonas play his father and brother, respectively.