Actress Priyanka Chopra Jonas released on Friday that Ramin Bahrani’s film adaptation of The white tiger in which she stars reached number one on the service in 64 countries and would be seen by 27 million households in her first four weeks.
Ava DuVernay and Chopra Jonas are the executive producers of the project in which the latter also stars. Netflix has received a surge of awards and the viewership won’t hurt that.
Director Ramin Bahrani’s film focuses on class conflicts and this theme plays out strongly in India. Its traditions as a caste system persist despite reforms and an upward economic trajectory. Aravind Adiga’s Booker Prize-winning novel, on which the film is based, centers on a master and a servant, whom the latter has little hope of rising above his position.
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In addition to Chopra Jonas, the photo stars newcomer Adarsh Gourav as a bright youngster who learns to play the system and rise as high as a member of his class can. Bollywood star Rajkummar Rao plays the pampered son of a wealthy businessman whom young people drive and wait for. Chopra Jonas plays the wife of the son, who grew up in America and has little respect for class tradition and enslavement.
The actress released a personal statement alongside the Netflix numbers.
“It’s so moving for me to see the discovery and acceptance of this amazing brilliant story,” she wrote on Instagram. “The white tiger to be adopted by audiences all over the world is impressive. Congratulations and thanks to Aravind, Ramin, Adarsh, Raj, Mukul, Ava and everyone involved. Thank you Netflix for giving wings to our little films. “