The White tiger, written, directed and produced by an associate professor Ramin Bahrani , will be released by Netflix in January. The film is adapted by Aravind Adiga his debut novel, The White tiger , published 2008. Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2008, The White tiger was a New York Times bestseller. The film trailer can be viewed Here .
Bahrani and Adiga have been close friends since college - the novel is dedicated to Bahrani - and often discuss their work. 'I remember reading previous versions of The White tiger Years before he finished, 'said Bahrani, who also thanked Adiga for most of his films. “I thought it was amazing. I've always wanted to make a movie out of it. I am grateful that he trusted me to do it. '
Set in contemporary India with sardonic undertones, the film revolves around the grueling rise of a Bangalore driver who emerges from lower Indian caste society to become a chauffeur and successful entrepreneur. The book has been compared to Richard Wright's novel Native son . The topic describes his rise through poverty and corruption in correspondence with a Chinese finance minister preparing for a trip to Bangalore to learn more about democracy.
Bahrani sees the appeal of The White tiger go well beyond India because it is a universal rags-to-riches theme. He said Deadline Hollywood that the book shares the social issues that were explored in films set in India, such as lion and Slumdog millionaire , and that he has waited his entire career for this opportunity.
'It's really about a man who just wants to be free, free to pursue the entirety of his life,' he said Weekly entertainment . 'I think that's something most of us understand now - a rigged system, opportunities that are denied, and how far we're going to go to make it in this world.'
At the head of the cast are Adarsh Gourav, Rajkummar Rao and Priyanka Chopra Jonas. Jonas, a critically acclaimed Bollywood star, was also executive producer on the film with Ava DuVernay.
Bahrani is an award-winning Iranian-American writer, director, and producer. His films premiered at the Venice, Cannes, Telluride and Toronto film festivals. In 2010 the legendary film critic Roger Ebert named Bahrani Director of the Decade. Bahrani has won numerous awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Someone to Watch Independent Spirit Award.
He has been the subject of retrospectives around the world and all of his cinematic work is housed in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. His feature films have been awarded numerous prizes, including the FIPRESCI Prize in London ( Man pushing cart ) FIPRESCI Prize in Venice ( Goodbye solo ), the Grand Prix in Deauville ( 99 houses ) and a Golden Globe nomination for Michael Shannon ( 99 houses ). Bahrani's TV movie, Fahrenheit 451 , for HBO, starring Michael B. Jordan, was nominated for 5 Emmys, including Best Movie Made on TV, and won a PGA Award for Best Movie Made on TV.
Man pushing cart (2005) and Chop-Shop (2007), Bahrani's first two films, will be released in February by the Criterion Collection and can be pre-ordered now. Bahrani’s Top Ten Films, published by the Criterion Collection, can also be found Here .
Bahrani's short documentary, Blutkin , premiered at the 2018 Venice Film Festival, where he also served as President of the Debut Film Jury. Bahrani was the producer of Alexandre Moratto's Brazilian debut film, Socrates , which has won over a dozen international awards and received three nominations for the Spirit Award 2019.
Bahrani directed and executive producer of the Treadstone pilot for the The Bourne Identity Franchise for UCP. He is producing the new film by Alexandre Moratto, 7 slaves , with Rodrigo Santoro and Christian Malheiros for Netflix and Alex Camilleri's feature film debut Luzzu made in Malta - both films are slated to premiere in 2021.