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The White Tiger Movie Review: A Metaphorical Masterpiece by Ramin Bahrani

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Still of Adarsh Gourav, Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Rajkummar Rao from The White Tiger (film)
Still of Adarsh Gourav, Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Rajkummar Rao from The White Tiger (film)

Disclaimer: The White Tiger movie review by me contains no spoilers. I am only going to talk about the good and bad aspects of the film so, you can read this review carefree.

The White Tiger starring Adarsh Gourav, Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Rajkummar Rao in lead is streaming now on Netflix. The film is based on the novel of the same name by Aravind Adiga which released in 2008. This social drama by Ramin Bahrani is one of those films which needs your complete attention or you’ll miss a big plot point.

The film kicks off in an interesting manner and makes you fully focused. All the main characters were introduced within 20 minutes of the film. As you move ahead, you will see some really disturbing social events that may question your existence in the society. So, to watch this film carefree, you need an unbiased mind and clean understanding of certain things.

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The film is just 2 hours long, which makes it a good watch for anyone. The screenplay by Ramin Bahrani made the viewing experience even more engaging, I cannot take my eyes off for a second through its running time. The pace with which it started was attentively maintained throughout the film and that is a big plus point for me.

When the trailer was released, viewers liked it very much but they complained about the unnecessary and extensive use of English language in it. The film is based around Jharkhand and Delhi, so the characters need to speak in Hindi more often rather than in English to make themselves true to their background. The thing which made this language factor even more irritating was when people who were supposed to be Bihari, doesn’t have a Bihari accent at all, this made the scenes total worthless.

But the brilliant performances by the main leads overshadowed all of it. Not in my dreams, I would ever imagine Priyanka Chopra and Rajkummar Rao playing supporting roles to a newcomer. This film has erased that stereotype from the industry for sure. Both Priyanka & Rajkummar played their characters with complete honesty and perfection.

Without a doubt, Adarsh Gourav is a star in the making. The role of Balram needed some innocence and some craziness, he gave everything the character demanded. In one crucial scene, the camera was tight close to his face and he had to deliver several emotions at once. He went from happy to confused to sad to angry in a minute and all of that you can tell just by looking in his eyes.

The cinematography by Paola Carnera also impressed me a lot. The way he utilises the lighting and the set space in scenes were totally appreciable. Talking about the set designing, there were some minor mistakes which questions the timeline of the film. Those can be neglected because you can’t control everything happening in a busy space but it’s worth mentioning.

In short and simple words, The White Tiger is a metaphorical tale of an individual who jumps out of the rooster coop in time and made a life for himself independently. He is neither a hero nor a villain but a common man who dares to choose his own fate. If you have the guts to see the cruel reality of the society, then this film is for you.

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