Narrated by Balram in the form of a letter to the Chinese Premier, ‘The White Tiger’ follows the life of Balram being born into poverty in an unnamed village close to Dhanbad. We see how he rises from a mere low caste servant to a business entrepreneur through his cunning and determined nature and becomes an ‘escaped rooster’ from the ‘rooster coop’.
Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Rajkummar Rao’s first film together ‘The White Tiger’ has been released recently. Directed by Ramin Bahrani, a story based upon a novel by Arvind Adiga who has received the 40th Man Booker Prize for this novel.
“Oh I remember when I first read the early forms of The White Tiger even before Arvind finished writing it, I was impressed, ” says Ramin Bahrani, director of The White Tiger.
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‘The White Tiger’ is already being widely watched, just after 2 days of its release. Here are 6 reasons why you should watch the movie:
1, Adarsh Gourav as lead actor
How often do we see that the main character in a movie is a newcomer actor while the supporting roles are taken up by renowned actors like Priyanka Chopra and Rajkumar Rao? Adarsh Gourav, the actor who played the role of Balram Halwai, very easily took the limelight in the movie, which is not a very easy task to do when you’re working with some of the best Bollywood actors. From narrating the story to expressing his emotions in the movie, Gourav had us hooked from the very start. It’s thrilling to watch his character, Balram, go from a loyal and dutiful servant to a rebel who manages to destroy his Master’s life after he is betrayed by the same Masters whom he did his very best to serve.
2. Shows us the dark side of kids fortune in Indian villages
Ever since the good education made way into our lives, the dreams of becoming rich and successful floating in the eyes of who gets it. But what about those who don’t get it? Mainly in India, the poor people in villages and their families or kids do not get such privileges to get a good education. Even though they have the capabilities, the lack of resources becomes the greatest hurdle. The movie ‘The White Tiger’ exactly highlights the same problem. The kid Balram has the capabilities to learn, read and write but the family’s money problem had forced him to move out from school and to do hard-working chores at a tea stall. He wanted to educate himself, wanted to be a successful man, wanted to be a ‘White Tiger’, but poverty and family pressure came into his way. Above this movie highlights one more problem, the ‘poor mentality’ of the low-income families, which is a root cause of every problem that such kids have to face. Such families don’t know the value of education, afraid to send their kids away for a good education, and force them to do the same thing that their families before them asked them to do (BHED CHAAL/ FOLLOWING THE CROWD BLINDLY). In Balram’s case, he was forced too, to work like his brother and his father to provide financial support to the family. There’s so much pressure on these kids that when they are unable to live up their lives as they expected, they are disappointed beyond imagination and do something wrong when they get younger to earn some extra money. In Balram’s case, he was more of the victim and the parents/family were the culprits. Indian laws say, that all children should get essential education. But how many people or families follow this law?
3. Portrays the reality of living in poverty in our country
‘The White Tiger’ showed us that the amount of money one has does not make one a good person. Whether rich or poor, we saw characters in the movie with questionable morals. The movie brings us to a realization that the poor are constantly oppressed and used by the rich, and gave us an insight into the remote parts of the country. The poorer you are, the more you are stuck within the strings of poverty, and the harder it is to get out of it. ‘The rooster coop’, as the narrator Balram Halwai called it. It showed his struggle and journey to get out of the ‘rooster coop’, and become a man free of the clutches of poverty holding him down.
4. The actors keep you engaged
The actors in the movie have done a commendable job. Whether it was Adarsh Gourav as the poor man with his struggle to get out of the shackles of poverty, or Priyanka Chopra, as the woman who came back from America and unintentionally committed a scarring crime. Even Rajkumar Rao plays his part well as the man returning to India after studying in America. He plays a complex character, and you’ll keep wondering if you actually like his character or hate him. One line that Balram says about the ‘Masters’ in the movie, quite well represented his he feelings towards Rajkumar’s character. “Do we loathe our masters behind a facade of love, or do we love them behind a facade of loathing?”. All the actors in the movie will keep you hooked with their acting and their perfectly displayed emotions. You will experience the panic, the anger, the determination, and the guilt through the actors in the movie.
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5. Based on an Award-winning Novel
The movie is based on Aravind Adiga’s 2008, Man Booker Prize-winning novel, ‘The White Tiger’. The Netflix adaptation surely has done justice to the acclaimed novel and gave us a glimpse into the corruption and casteism in our country. The book made it to the New York Times’ list of bestsellers and Aravind Adiga became one of the only five authors in India to win a Man Booker Prize.
6. The movie keeps you hooked, and stays with you even after is ends
There are very few movies that will stay with you even after a while of watching it. ‘The White Tiger’ has a certain sort of impact on its viewers. Maybe because it is based on a very real situation of our country, or because of the dark and chilling instances taking place are enough to keep us thinking about the movie. ‘The White Tiger’ is engaging and moves at the right pace with amazing writing. Some lines in the movie are impactful and have been presented beautifully. “The moment you realize what is beautiful in the world, you stop being a slave.”, “I’ve switched sides, I’ve made it out of the coop.”.
Adiga pictures India, where he signifies the inequalities for being poor and rich, where rich lives their best and poor lives in such extremes, ‘The Light’ and ‘The darkness’. Certainly, uncomfortable at its best.
Some reviews from Twitter!:
The White Tiger deserves all the applause. Watched it in Hindi on @NetflixIndia …absolutely gripping narration. Last 40 minutes are a little stretched though.— Vishakha (@vishakhatalreja) January 24, 2021
Impeccable performance by Adarsh Gourav.@priyankachopra
The White Tiger merits an Oscar nomination; and if it does, it should win for all the reasons Parasite did. It’s that good, in my opinion.— Baawa Sayan Bajaj (@sayannotsatan) January 22, 2021
Ramin Bahrani first read an early draft of “The White Tiger,” Aravind Adiga’s Man Booker Prize-winning novel, in 2004. He told Aravind, “If this doesn’t get published, there’s something wrong with the world.” https://t.co/lPYT9EXwgv— The Academy (@TheAcademy) January 23, 2021
“In my work in the U.S., I haven’t done a dramatic part like that. So that was very exciting for me.” Says Priyanka Chopra Jonas.
“I play the role of Pinky madam, who is a first-generation immigrant in the US. She is in India with her husband, who is traveling for business. And then… life changes! Pinky madam is such a specific character, to play her unraveling in the story was such a joy”, says Priyanka Chopra Jonas.T
If you haven’t watched it yet, then go and watch it. The White Tiger is currently streaming on Netflix!