'The White Tiger’: A scathing film on class divide and why it persists

'The White Tiger’: A scathing film on class divide and why it persists
CommentaryBased on the Man Booker prize-winning novel ‘The White Tiger’ by Aravind Adiga, the film shows that when one person breaks out of exploitation, another takes his place.Geetika MantriScreengrabSpoilers ahead Balram Halwai comes from a poor family in Laxmangarh, begins working as a driver for the youngest son of the landlord in the city. With unmeasured but contained rage and an unsettling devotion to his ‘masters’ (his choice of word for his employers), Balram learns the ropes, climbs up the ladder, and wrests power from his masters to seemingly break out of the ‘rooster coop’ that is designed to keep those ‘like him’ to be exploited by those like the landlord and his family. But does he really break out of it? Is he the white tiger, an exception that comes once a generation, or another man who has simply clawed to a higher place in the food chain,
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