Netflix’s The White Tiger: Priyanka Chopra Jonas explains why her new film will make you “uncomfortable”

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The trailer for upcoming Netflix film The White Tiger has just been unveiled, showing a glimpse of a story that its star, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, says “needs to be told.”

It’s not even out yet, yet people are already incredibly excited about Netflix’s The White Tiger.

Based on the New York Times bestseller and 2008 Man Booker Prize-winning novel by Aravind Adiga, the film tells the epic and darkly humorous tale of Balram Halwai, a rickshaw driver’s son who ascends from servant to self-made entrepreneur in modern India.

Here’s everything you need to know about Netflix’s much-anticipated adaptation of the book.

Netflix's The White Tiger examines two very different sides of modern-day India

What’s the plot of Netflix’s The White Tiger?

Cunning and ambitious, Balram jockeys his way into becoming a driver for Ashok and Pinky, 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,” reads the official Netflix synopsis. 

“But after a night of betrayal, he realises the corrupt lengths they will go to trap him and save themselves.”

Netflix’s The White Tiger
The film is based on the critically-acclaimed book of the same name

On the verge of losing everything, Balram rebels against a rigged and unequal system to rise up and become a new kind of master.

Cue an epic and darkly humorous tale (the film’s tagline is “eat or get eaten up”) about his ascension from poor villager to phenomenally successful entrepreneur.

Who makes up the cast of Netflix’s The White Tiger?

Newcomer Adarsh Gourav takes the lead in the film, alongside Rajkummar Rao and Priyanka Chopra Jonas. They will be joined by Aaron Wan, Perrie Kapernaros, Vedant Sinha, and Nalneesh Neel, among others. 

Ramin Bahrani does the honours as director, writer and producer.

Is there a trailer for Netflix’s The White Tiger?

There is, and it’s every inch as captivating as you’d expect. Grab a taste of the drama ahead by diving into the preview, below.

What are people saying about Netflix’s The White Tiger?

Chopra Jonas has conjured up a storm of excitement about the film after sharing her thoughts on The White Tiger via her Twitter feed.

“So proud to present the first look of The White Tiger,” she said, alongside a series of stills from the Netflix film.

“This is a story about a family and the plight of one man – Balram Halwai, played by Adarsh Gourav, one of the most talented newcomers I’ve ever worked with, and one of the most remarkable performances I’ve seen in a long time.”

Chopra Jonas continued: “Balram’s rise from a poor villager to successful entrepreneur in modern India showcases how hunger and the lack of opportunity can build and drive a human being’s animal instinct of survival.

“Rajkumar Rao, already one of the most prolific actors in India, will showcase depths very few can. The film is powerful. It will make you uncomfortable, and most importantly it will entertain you.”

Chopra Jonas also opened up about the character she plays in the film, noting: “In The White Tiger, I play the role of Pinky madam, who is a first generation immigrant in the US. She is in India with her husband, who is travelling for business. And then… life changes! 

“Pinky madam is such a specific character, to play her unravelling in the story was such a joy.”

The actor finished: “This is a story that needs to be told and it comes alive with its characters so compellingly in Ramin’s hands.”

When will The White Tiger be available to stream on Netflix?

The White Tiger will arrive in select UK cinemas and on Netflix in January 2021.

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Kayleigh Dray is Stylist’s digital editor-at-large. Her specialist topics include comic books, films, TV and feminism. On a weekend, you can usually find her drinking copious amounts of tea and playing boardgames with her friends.

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