Updated: January 24, 2021 17:45 IST
Rating : 4/5
Based on the Booker Prize-winning novel by Aravind Adiga of the same name, The White Tiger is a scathing commentary on the class friction in India. A poor village boy named Balram Halwai (Adarsh Gourav), metaphorically referred to as the White Tiger, doesn't bow down to his fate, or what he calls the 'rooster coup' of the Indian society, and decides to build his place in the society. His wish and ability to learn fast doesn't promise him a bright future and he ends up working at a tea stall instead of continuing his schooling from Delhi. But Balram isn't like the ones who give up easily and foresees a better future working as a driver to a wealthy, ruthless Stork (Mahesh Manjrekar). Stork's American-return son (Rajkummar Rao) and his wife (Priyanka Chopra) find their second driver in Balram, but always see him as someone who can do much better for himself in life. But as the story runs in flashbacks, we already see Balram as a wealthy entrepreneur in the present life but hiding and running from the cops in the case of murder.
Ramin Bahrani has gone for all the details, even with something that we miss in our day to day lives, Bahrani has played on those emotions pretty well. It's not easy to make a film from a novel which has already been read and loved in great numbers, after all, you know, the first impression is all that matters, but here I beg to differ. The movie runs in both the past and present world offering a bit of anticipation to the otherwise simple storyline. The scenes of slitting throats, spitting on the road, or the lewd conversations between the servants is kept real to let discomfort rule the scenes.
There is so much to take from The White Tiger, to start with, it's a very thought-provoking film. Just like the Oscar-winning Korean film, Parasite, The White Tiger is a satire, yet triggering take on the evils of society. The direction, cinematography, dialogues, acting are in tune with the plot. Overall, this Netflix film is a must-watch.