There is a film dialogue of Raj Kumar – ‘We are lions and even the government does not allow to kill lions’. Nevertheless, at one time lions were hunted all over the world. Their population dwindled like the status of a muflis. Tigers are left to be counted in the world. Especially white tigers are becoming rare. Wildlife experts from around the world celebrated the birth of a female white tiger ‘Nive’ (this Spanish word means snow) recently in a zoo in Nicaragua, situated on the edge of the Pacific Ocean. Once upon a time, West Bengal and Rewa (Madhya Pradesh) were famous for white tigers. We can be proud that half of the 200 white tigers left in the world are in India. White tigers are not born easily like Allama Iqbal’s Misre ‘Badi Mushkil Se Hota Hai Chaman Mein Didawar (Kadrdaan) Pranah’. Iran-born American filmmaker Ramin Bahrani’s new film ‘The White Tiger’ brings to the screen this harsh reality in a very candid and open manner that even in India’s backward class ‘white tiger’ is very difficult. are born from. When they happen, they create their own story.
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Emphasis on emotion rather than technical grandeur
Based on Booker Prize-winning Aravind Adiga’s novel of the same name, ‘The White Tiger’ at times sounds like Saadat Hasan Manto’s impeccable tale, while at times it sounds like Dhumil’s true poems. In a poem, Foggy raises the question- ‘Why has a man sitting in a small iron shop become gold/ and a man standing in such a large field/soil?’ The film also raises similar stinging questions. Ramin Bahrani’s ‘The White Tiger’, which emphasizes emotion rather than technical grandeur in his films, is a ode to how a popular book can be turned into a likable film. Growing urbanization prepared the land of prosperity for one class, then the condition of another class, many times bigger, got worse. ‘The White Tiger’ says that there are only two classes in India – the exploiters and the exploited. Rarely among the exploited, a ‘white tiger’ is born to stand up against the exploiters.
Finding the Shortest Ways to Happiness
In the film, this ‘white tiger’ is Balram Halwai (ideal pride) of backward class who reached Delhi from Bihar village. While working as a driver with the rich Rajkumar Rao, who has returned from America, he realizes that wealth is the biggest power in the world. This power can cover every evil. Dreams of his like in big cities are crushed every day. He is not one of those who believe in ‘Jab aaye santosh dhan, saab dhan dhuri samana’. To open the way for his prosperity, he kills Rajkumar Rao and collects his wealth and flees to Bangalore. How crimes are suppressed, he has learned while working as a driver. Soon he emerges as a big businessman.
Before the climax, ‘The White Tiger’ is quite fit. Small incidents say deep things. While doing the job of a modest driver in the noble family, Balram understands that America has done all the progress it had to make. Now is the time for brown (India) and yellow (China) tigers. Rajkummar Rao’s US-grown girlfriend (Priyanka Chopra) is distraught at the poor treatment of animals in India with the poor, but this is common for her lover’s family. After a car accident with Priyanka Chopra, Balram is comfortably persuaded to take the responsibility of the accident on himself.
Thankfully, Not All Are ‘White Tigers’
By the time it reaches the last reels, the film becomes a bit weak. In one stroke, a modest driver becomes wealthy. It is also not digestible that one can become rich only through wrong methods. Millions of people are living in India with hard work, courage and honesty. What is needed is that all fake and borrowed become ‘white tigers’ for the sake of prosperity. However, before the climax, the film, with its sharp temper, deeply examines the mood of the rich and the poor, discrimination of high and low and corruption. Good work has been taken from all the artists. Adarsh Gaurav’s face in the character of a typical dehati follows him for a long time even after the film is over. Just as a particular lion is called ‘haasele-ghazal’ (gazal’s achieved) in poetry, similarly the ideal pride is the ‘haasele-film’ artist here. Yes, saw Swaroop Sampat in this film after a long time. Surprised that now she too has started abusing.
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0 movie: The White Tiger
0 Rating : 3.5/5
0 Duration : 2.07 hours
o Screenplay, Direction: Ramin Bahrani
Story : Arvind Adiga
o Photography: Paolo Carnera
Music: Danny Benci, Saunders Jurians
Cast: Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Rajkumar Rao, Adarsh Gaurav, Mahesh Manjrekar, Swaroop Sampat, Vedant Sinha, Kamlesh Gill, Vijay Maurya etc.