By Arré Bench Oct. 29, 2020
The trailer of The White Tiger, an adaptation of Aravind Adiga’s award-winning novel, starring Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Rajkummar Rao, and Adarsh Gourav, promises a dark yet comedic retelling of the book. What’s annoying though is PeeCee’s accent.
This December, Netflix is bringing an adaptation of the award-winning novel by Aravind Adiga, The White Tiger, to theatres. Released in 2008, The White Tiger was a global success, offering a glimpse of a changing India as it told the story of rise of its protagonist from poverty to entrepreneurship. It reached The New York Times bestseller list as well as won the Man Booker Prize that year. The Netflix adaptation, starring Adarsh Gourav as the central character, Balram Halwai, is directed by Ramin Bahrani and will release on the streaming platform in January 2021. Alongside Gourav, the film also stars Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Rajkummar Rao. Ahead of The White Tiger’s release, Netflix released the first look via a trailer, which promised a dark yet comedic retelling of the tale.
“There is only one way to break free. . ."
Here's the teaser trailer for THE WHITE TIGER, from executive producers @ava and @priyankachopra and writer-director Ramin Bahrani, in select theaters December, on Netflix globally January 22. pic.twitter.com/RRtDUaSOq4
— NetflixFilm (@NetflixFilm) October 28, 2020
The story introduces us to Balram Halwai, a rural Indian who migrates to Delhi to become a chauffeur. Along the way, it tackles the existing class divides in Indian society, and addresses the aspirational desires of the millions of Indians who live without privilege.
Priyanka Chopra Jonas’ ‘The White Tiger’ Explores India’s Class Struggles in First Trailer https://t.co/Kv9RPn2VRQ
— Variety (@Variety) October 28, 2020
The themes in The White Tiger share a lot in common with the South Korean film Parasite, which won Best Picture at the Oscars this year. Should Netflix’s adaptation come close to Parasite’s brilliance, the platform will have a film that will be awards bait come Oscar season.
some people are calling the white tiger "parasite 2.0" EXCUSE ME??😭😭😭
— kraz (@krazZzeee) October 28, 2020
Of course, as is tradition with any project involving Priyanka Chopra these days, her accent was the subject of much scrutiny after The White Tiger trailer released.
Priyanka Chopra with her accent in The White Tiger is that Indian who goes abroad once then demands mineral watahh
— Prachi (@desiiimenniall) October 28, 2020
While on the subject of accents, people were happy with how authentically Indian the characters sounded in the trailer (with the obvious exception of Mrs Jonas).
I liked The White Tiger trailer.
Unlike in A Suitable Boy, the english here doesn't sound forced. It's not coming out as if they're mimicking an accent, but actually adapted to it.
Also, Adarsh Gaurav and Raj seem to be on FIRE.
— कथा Katha (@dhoop_ka_tukda) October 28, 2020
The trailer is so good
WHITE TIGER HERE WE COME
— TIARAOLUWA (@kuddyfreshair) October 28, 2020
Excitement for the adaptation seems to have been whipped up after the trailer’s tantalising glimpse.