A new NETFLIX movie called THE WHITE TIGER tells the story of how a young man raised in extreme poverty rises to become a wealthy businessman in India. It’s is an intense, cynical, very engaging movie. The main character, Balram, comes to believe that breaking out of poverty requires sly cunning hidden behind a mask of naïveté and over politeness. But at first he wants nothing more than to be a good servant to a wealthy family. When he reaches that goal, he’s happy until his employers betray him. Angry and hurt he takes his revenge. There is no truly good person in THE WHITE TIGER. Balram is a better human being than those who exploit him but only by a few degrees. At times the behavior of every major character is appalling, but the movie makes us think about how we would behave in their places. Everyone is compromised and no one is truly happy. I was reminded of the truism John Houston’s character in CHINATOWN speaks when he says. “Most people never have to face the fact that at the right time and the right place, they are capable of anything.” If you like well made movies that make you really feel something and give you a lot to think about, check this one out.
By Terry Hunter| March 14, 2021 at 1:05 PM HST - Updated March 14 at 1:05 PM