The White Tiger is a 2021 drama film written and directed by Ramin Bahrani. The film stars Adarsh Gourav (in his first leading role), Priyanka Chopra, and Rajkummar Rao. The film was produced by Mukul Deora and Ramin Bahrani, and executive produced by Chopra, Prem Akkaraju, and Ava DuVernay. An adaptation of Aravind Adiga’s 2008 novel of the same name, the story is about Balram, who comes from a poor Indian village and uses his wit and cunning to escape from poverty.
In 2010, entrepreneur Balram Halwai emails Chinese premier Wen Jiabao, requesting a meeting, and relating his life story. He states his belief that the Indian underclass is trapped in a perpetual state of servitude, like chickens in a chicken coop.
As a young boy in Laxmangarh, Balram is offered a scholarship to a school in Delhi because of his advanced academics. He is told that he is a “white tiger,” someone born only once in a century. However when his father is unable to pay off village landlord ‘the Stork’, Balram is forced by his grandmother to work in the village’s tea stall, and he never returns to school. Balram’s father dies from tuberculosis, with no doctor to treat him.
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