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Well-acted and beautifully made, The White Tiger distills the strengths of its source material into a grimly compelling drama. Read critic reviews

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His character's choices can be difficult to digest, but Adarsh Gourav is great in this smart, socially conscious satire, which realistically blurs the lines between good and evil. Read audience reviews

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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 (Rajkummar Rao) and Pinky (Priyanka Chopra-Jonas), who have 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. Based on the New York Times bestseller and 2008 Man Booker Prize-winning novel.

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Perrie Kapernaros
Nalneesh Neel
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Abhishek Khandekar
Assistant Commissioner
Ramin Bahrani
Screenwriter
Prem Akkaraju
Executive Producer
Priyanka Chopra Jonas
Executive Producer
Ava DuVernay
Executive Producer
Ken Kamins
Executive Producer
Paolo Carnera
Cinematographer
Tim Streeto
Film Editor
Danny Bensi
Original Music
Chad Keith
Production Design
Yasmin Sethi
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Yasmin Sethi
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  • Frustratingly naive one minute and coldly calculating the next, Gourav manages to make Balram likeable for the duration of the film. If you're looking for a Friday night movie to while away a few lockdown hours - The White Tiger is the perfect choice.

    June 17, 2021 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Any hope or salvation The White Tiger offers is laced with a drop of arsenic, and there are certainly no Bollywood dance numbers to lift your spirits.

    February 28, 2021 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Through [a] climactic nod to Naipaul's merciless depiction of underdeveloped India, no matter how many fortunate individuals might escape it, Bahrani's The White Tiger subverts the standard-issue poverty porno...

    February 6, 2021 | Full Review…
  • The White Tiger is a kinetic excursion into darkness with Balram as our charismatic guide.

    February 5, 2021 | Full Review…
  • Directed by Iranian-American filmmaker Ramin Bahrani, the film is a breeze despite some tired cliches. It ends up as an insider's take on corruption and caste and class-divides in India...

    February 4, 2021 | Full Review…
  • Balram's tale is rich and ruthless enough for both approaches, and for any country built on a premise of one class eating another.

    January 29, 2021 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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