Priyanka Chopra Jonas has established herself as a global star and icon, balancing her act between Bollywood and Hollywood. And while Brown pride takes over when she barks in the arc lights on the world stage, it somehow feels a personal victory when she picks up projects at home. Well, it certainly felt all that more when she announced her collaboration with Netflix for The White Tiger, the official movie adaptation of Aravind Adiga’s Booker-Prize winning book of the same name. In fact, it was a mix of both when she came on-board with B-town actor Rajkummar Rao and under the directorship of Iranian-American filmmaker Ramin Bahrani. That was that and fans knew that is something worth the wait!
But here’s the good news we are almost there. In fact, Priyanka recently shared the first look from the film and curiosity is at the peak. Divulging details about the story and introducing both co-stars Rao and newcomer Adarsh Gourav, she wrote, “So proud to present the first look of THE WHITE TIGER – directed, written, and produced by Ramin Bahrani, based on The New York Times Bestseller and the 2008 Man Booker Prize-winning novel. 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. 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.”
Not just them, she also revealed details about her character Pinky Madam in the film. “In #TheWhiteTiger, 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. This is a story that needs to be told and it comes alive with its characters so compellingly in Ramin’s hands. The White Tiger, coming soon to Netflix globally,” she added in another post.
Earlier, Chopra-Jonas–who has also co-produced the movie with Mukul Deora–had opened up about what made her say yes to the project in the first place and had said, “It’s an exciting time for actors today and I’m thrilled to be a part of such a world-class project. I’ve been an admirer of Ramin’s work and am excited to see The White Tiger come to life with Netflix.”
Now, while Adiga’s book is about this self-made man from a village goes from being a servant to an entrepreneur in a city challenging a lot of formerly accepted notions of loyalty, it will be interesting to see the cast bring it to life on screen.
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