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 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.
User Reviews: A cross between ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ (Danny Boyle, 2007) and ‘Parasite’ (Bong Joon-ho, 2019), Ramin Bahrani’s ‘The White Tiger’ roars as it expertly integrates an engrossing socio-political commentary about the rich poor divide in India with a thrilling, bitingly cynical narrative. Bahrani’s direction is clear and controlled but, unfortunately, unable to develop the screenplay to the point required for success. The cast breathes some decent life into the material at times with Adarsh Gourav leads with a highly entertaining performance.