From a poor village to the Silicon Valley of India, Bangalore, The White Tiger shows the complicated journey of one of India's downtrodden.
Based on Arvind Adiga's novel of the same name, the movie starring Adarsh Gaurav, Priyanka Chopra, and Rajkumar Rao in lead roles, is directed by Ramin Bahrani and has premiered on Netflix.
The story was bound to be good since it is based on a bestselling novel. The fear was if it would be executed in the same way while being presented on screen. Let one thing be crystal clear in your heads, the movie will neither depict an inspirational journey nor will it motivate you. It has a dark and grey character that will accentuate your interest as it moves forward. Now, coming to the execution part, The White Tiger, talking of the animal, is rare to sight and is born once in many years. Taking a cue from this the character of Balram Halwai (Adarsh Gaurav) is built to be unique and as rare as a Hen's teeth. Despite being born to a poor family, he has the skills and foresight to change his dreaded fortunes. The writer picks Balram from the confines of his village and lands him as a driver to a rich couple, Ashok (Rajkumar Rao) and Pinky (Priyanka Chopra), all this without making it look unreal or superficial. With a good screenplay and a great direction, the film walks on the right path. It succeeds in realistically showing the lingual and habitual differences among the Indian rich and poor. The best thing about the 2-hour affair is that the presence of two of the best actors of Indian Cinema does not overshadow the role played by Adarsh Gaurav, who is brilliant in his part aptly supported by Priyanka and Rajkumar. It remains his film more than anyone else's.
The original audio of the film is in English, later dubbed into Hindi.
What does not work?
Nothing as such. Just the ending seems to be a little off-track and hard to believe.
A Must watch!