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The White Tiger

The movie is about the rise of Balram from growing up in a poor neighborhood to becoming a successful entrepreneur in Delhi. As a teenager, he manages to land a job working as a driver for Ashok and his wife Pinky, both of whom have returned from America to expand their business. I didn’t think the film is terrible, but when I think that it was an adaptation of a book that won the Booker Prize, the story had to have been told MUCH better there than in the film. I found it mostly a tedious exercise that required significant leaps of faith on my part to stay engaged. In the end, it was, for me, nothing more than a poorly executed rip-off of a Slumdog Millionaire-type story. It barely passed muster for me. (2021; 2.5 Stars)

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