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The White Tiger Netflix review: Intriguing dark crime drama with stellar performances.

The White Tiger Netflix review
Gourav as Balram in The White Tiger Netflix l Netflix.

The White Tiger Netflix

Director: Ramin Bahrani
Writer: Aravind Adiga(novel) & Ramim Bahrani(screen play)

Streaming on: Netflix

One line movie summary

A poor guy tries to escape the Rooster Coop in order to rise up and become a new kind of master.

About: The White Tiger

The White Tiger is a 2021 American drama film directed by Ramin Bahrani, it is an adaptation of Aravind Adiga's 2008 novel of the same name. The film stars Adarsh Gourav in his first leading role, along with Rajkummar Rao and Priyanka Chopra, who also executive produced the film.

The film was released in theatres on 13 January 2021 and on Netflix on 22 January 2021. The White Tiger received positive reviews from critics who praised its direction, screenplay and performances by the cast.

Plot: The White Tiger Netflix

Balram Halwai (Adarsh Gourav) narrates his epic and darkly humorous rise from poor villager to successful entrepreneur in modern India. Cunning and ambitious, our young hero jockeys his way into becoming a driver for Ashok (Rajkumar Rao) and Pinky (Priyanka Chopra-Jonas), who has just returned from America. Society has trained Balram to be one thing - a servant - so he makes himself indispensable to his rich masters. But after a night of betrayal, he realizes the corrupt lengths they will go to trap him and save themselves. On the verge of losing everything, Balram rebels against a rigged and unequal system to rise up and become a new kind of master.


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Review: The White Tiger Netflix

Last year I read the novel written by Aravind Adiga which is one of the best novels written in India. Yet I was glued to the screen while watching this movie mostly due to the top-notch act by Gourav Adarsh and the supporting cast. Also don't miss the engaging screenplay, never heard the unique score and the story which is told. 

The White Tiger has an icy-cool, slick visual style and an unsubtle but effective running commentary about social warfare and how some who are born into a life sentence of victimhood refuse to accept that sentence, consequences be damned. It’s an uneven but memorable tale about a young man with impressive survival instincts and a conscience that shifts to fit the circumstances. The White Tiger is Dark! It shows the gritty side of class struggles. 

There are some flaws, the movie gets slow at times also Rajkumar with that accent looked fabricated. It could have been touchy too as it tells about the sensitive and dark part of the society. Still a worthy watch!

The White Tiger is unsparingly dark, violent, bright, funny and serious. 

Language: English
Release Date: 22 January 2021

“You ask 'Are you a man or a demon?' Neither, I say. I have woken up, and the rest of you are sleeping, and that is the only difference between us.”
― Aravind Adiga, The White Tiger

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