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The White Tiger (2021 Film): Nominated for the Best Adapted Screenplay Award at Oscars

On Monday, 15th March 2021, Priyanka Chopra Jonas announced the nomination of her film The White Tiger for the Academy Awards, widely known as the Oscars. The Adarsh Gourav and Rajkumar Rao starrer is nominated for the Best Adapted Screenplay Award at the Oscars since its trending and creating news all over the world.

The much-awaited and halted movie because of the pandemic, The White Tiger, got released on Netflix on 22nd January 2021. And has topped the streaming charts on Netflix, both globally and nationally.

The movie is adapted from renowned writer Aravind Adiga’s novel, named the same as the movie, The White Tiger. The novel, which got published in 2008, hits hard at the socio-economic divide within a country. Aravind Adiga, through his novel, paints the world into two parts- Darkness and Light. Darkness resembles the lives of the people living below the poverty line, and light refers to the rich, powerful, and corrupt lavish lifestyle.

The flawless description and powerful writing of Aravind Adiga made his debut novel win the Man-Booker Prize in 2008.

The plot of both the novel and the movie revolves around the negative journey of Balram, a young man who treads a destructive path to gain freedom from the bondage of slavery.

Besides getting nominated for Oscars, the film has also bagged nominations for some other prestigious awards like BAFTA and AACTA.

In this blog, we would tell you about the film’s Individuality, The White Tiger, which led to its nomination to the Oscars.

7 Things that set apart ‘The White Tiger’ from the Typical Crime Dramas.

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1. Consistent and Impactful Use of Literary Devices:

The timing of literary devices used throughout the movie is on point and is not commonly seen in Crime Thrillers.

● The categorization of the world into people with fat and thin bellies symbolizes the distinction between the rich and the poor hits the bullseye.
And it clearly describes the usage of metaphors in the real world.

● The imaginative adaption of Balram as the White Tiger shows the individualism and uniqueness of the character.
It is the perfect example of Allegory, which is used to simplify complex things.

● The personification of a gritty character as Mongoose tells a lot about the minute writing techniques used to develop the movie’s plot.

2. Socio-economic Divide:

The virtue of staying true to the original adaption and its theme is perhaps the X-Factor that led to the nomination. Unlike other adoptions, the White Tiger sticks to the novel’s central theme, the Socioeconomic divide.

A part of the city consists of monumental buildings, the Parliament, and malls that display the affluent’ lavish lifestyle. On the other side of the coin, simultaneously, the display of slums and flea markets portrays the struggles of the underprivileged. These two facets of Delhi demarcate the line between the upper class and the lower class of India.

Furthermore, in a scene, Balram, while washing his hands, tries to use the Room-Freshener as a deodorant but puts suddenly puts it down after reading the price tag. Such incidents put forward the impact of the division on the thought process of the victims.

3. The portrayal of the character’s individuality:

The main character of the film, Balram, is the perfect example of individualism in the cinematic world. Unlike a character who is expected to be friendly and follow the stereotypical standards, Balram turns the table upside down. In contrast to his brother and family members during the screenplay, Balram chooses to get out of Laxmangarh, his village, to work and attain financial freedom.

Also, Balram’s entrepreneurial mindset shows the difference in his thinking pattern that had no adverse effect on his upbringing.

4. Sneak Peek into the Mob mentality culture:

For decades, society around has governed youth aspirations.

The mob mentality culture is depicted when Balram chooses to work as a driver while he was expected to stay in the village and work at a tea-stall. Such incidents throw a light upon the bigotry of the society around us.

An individual is treated as a frog in a well, who is expected to live in the well only and not think of the world outside it.

5. Transformation of a servant:

The purpose and process behind transforming a loyal servant to a traitor are perfectly cinematized in The White Tiger. Instead of showing one particular event that led to Balram’s transformation, the movie perfectly shows the culmination of events that led to it.

It tells its audience that it was not one single event that drove Balram to murder his master.
On the contrary, it was a series of disrespect, inhumane behaviour, lust for wealth, and a blurred vision of his future that made him kill Ashok, his master.

6. Perfect Adaptation:

The White Tiger justifies its nominations for the Best Adapted Screenplay Award in the Oscars.
It is so because the movie does not include any vague Segway for commercialization and instead follows the novel to churn out the best possible screenplay.

Furthermore, the characters’ characterization and acting are not exaggerated, which avoids any scope of the audience getting bored. Also, it justifies the title of its adaptation, The White Tiger, by making Balram’s journey a mouthpiece of Aravind Adiga.

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Written by Harsh Srivastava

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