‘The White Tiger’

Ramin Bahrani (CC ’96), Film, interviewed by Hamid Dabashi, Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies

Filmmaker and School of the Arts faculty member Ramin Bahrani (CC ’96) discusses his new film, The White Tiger — an adaptation of the Man Booker Prize-winning novel by Aravind Adiga — with Hamid Dabashi, Hagop Kevorkian Professor of Iranian Studies and Comparative Literature. Netflix describes The White Tiger as an “epic journey of a poor Indian driver (Adarsh Gourav) who uses his wit and cunning to break free from servitude to his rich masters (Rajkummar Rao and Priyanka Chopra Jonas) and rise to the top of the heap.”


Note: Please watch The White Tiger on Netflix in advance of this conversation. (It will not be screened live.)


Co-presented by the Columbia Alumni Association; Columbia Global Centers; and the School of the Arts Film Program.



Praise for The White Tiger:


“Funny, Ferocious, Burning Bright. A Sensational Star Turn by Adarsh Gourav.”

Wall Street Journal


“Addictive and absorbing.”



“Ramin Bahrani is in full, boisterous command.”



“A punchy, propulsive watch.”

The Telegraph


“One of the best movies of the year. A star-making turn from Adarsh Gourav.”



Four stars from The Times and The Guardian.