The White Tiger, starring Priyanka Chopra and Rajkummar Rao, is dropping on Netflix soon. Based on the 2008 novel by Aravind Adiga of the same name, the film is based upon a poor man who makes his way out of poverty. Directed by Ramin Bahrani, who has earlier directed films like Chop Shop and 99 Homes, gets words of praise from both Priyanka and Rajkummar who like his style of directing actors.
In an interview with a leading website, Rajkummar said, "I think it’s a brilliant approach. I think he loves his actors, he trusts them a lot. He knows exactly what he wants out of a scene and he gives us a lot of freedom. He wants us to explore, and he uses this word a lot: he wants us to ‘search’. He would never show you an act, like “I want it this way”, he would ask you to search for whatever he’s looking for in that scene. I think that’s a beautiful process. And he doesn’t say “action”. He would be like, “Whenever you’re ready”, which I think is so liberating."
Likewise, Priyanka added, "It was a big reason I signed the film. If I may go back a little bit, when the script first came to me from my agent, I was like, “Oh my god, this is something I want to be a part of”, even though I remember my character doesn’t have a large role in the book. So, I went in to meet him for the first time, and we met in Mumbai, I happened to be in town, he happened to be in town and he came home and we started talking. And we didn’t talk much about the movie. We talked about filmmaking and we came up with a bunch of ideas, and I just saw this thinking man who could give me an immersive experience. And I hadn’t had that for a long time. I was craving it, so my greed was just to work under his tutelage, to see how I’d be surprised and challenged, and he did just that."