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The White Tiger movie review round-up: Critics call it the ‘anti-Slumdog Millionaire’

Starring Adarsh Gourav, Priyanka Chopra and Rajkummar Rao, The White Tiger is directed by Ramin Bahrani. The film starts streaming on Netflix from January 22.

By: Entertainment Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: January 6, 2021 5:51:38 pm
the white tiger reviewsThe White Tiger has received positive reviews from critics. (Photo: Netflix)

Director Ramin Bahrani’s The White Tiger is all set to premiere on Netflix on January 22. Based on Aravind Adiga’s book of the same name, the film stars Adarsh Gourav, Priyanka Chopra and Rajkummar Rao in the lead roles.

The initial reviews of the film are out and it looks like debutant Adarsh Gourav has impressed critics.

Here’s what critics are saying about The White Tiger:

The Hollywood Reporter’s David Rooney wrote in his review, “The sting of underclass payback doesn’t rival that of, say, Parasite, but the movie taps into the same simmering rage of the have-nots, shafted out of an unyielding system in a perilously unbalanced world. It could almost be considered the anti-Slumdog Millionaire.”

Variety’s Owen Gleiberman said The White Tiger is “like Slumdog Millionaire with more reality.” The review further read, “The White Tiger is a tale of beating the steepest odds, and for much of the film Bahrani is in full, boisterous command as a storyteller. He captures how a society is embodied in its smallest interactions: the way a rival driver Balram must first defeat is made vulnerable by having to hide his Muslim faith; or the parasitical cynicism of the servants Balram shares living quarters within a parking garage; or the cutthroat elitism of the Stork and his family.”

The Guardian’s Peter Bradshaw opined, “The White Tiger is a dangerous adventure of self-betterment from the teeming city streets, influenced by Adiga’s own avowed love of Dickens and Balzac, and it’s a really enjoyable story, though not without flaws.”

Indiewire’s David Ehrlich called The White Tiger “a brutal corrective to Slumdog Millionaire.” His review read, “Bahrani’s jagged sense of purpose and his street-level point-of-view allow him to attack this material with the same blunt force of Adiga’s book, and to suffuse it with the sights and sounds required to bring it all to life. Some are putrid, others intoxicating, but together they alchemize into a heady perfume of desperation that only wears off once the action slows down and shit gets real.”

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