The White Tiger is a 2021 drama film written and directed by Ramin Bahrani. The film stars Adarsh Gourav (in his first lead role), Priyanka Chopra, and Rajkummar Rao. The film was produced by Mukul Deora and Ramin Bahrani, and with executive producers Chopra, Prem Akkaraju and Ava DuVernay. An adaptation of Aravind Adiga’s 2008 novel of the same name, the story is about Balram, who hails from a poor Indian village and uses his wit and cunning to escape poverty.
Adiga published his book and decided to adapt it into a film in late 2010, with the rights sold to producer Mukul Deora, but the film was not made for a few years.
Bahrani was chosen to direct the adaptation and was eager to do so, having read early drafts of the novel even before publication. Filmed extensively in Delhi from October to December 2019, The White Tiger premiered in Las Vegas on January 6, 2021 and screened in limited theaters in the United States on January 13.
It was released globally through the Netflix streaming platform on January 22, 2021. The White Tiger received positive reviews from critics who praised its direction, script, and the performances of the cast. At the 93rd Academy Awards, the film was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay.