8 February 2022
Actor : Adarsh Gourav
White Tiger is a film about the Indian caste system and how difficult it is to upgrade your caste.
"The greatest thing to come out of this country ... is the Rooster Coop. The roosters in the coop smell the blood from above. They see the organs of their brothers ... They know they're next. Yet they do not rebel. They do not try to get out of the coop. The very same thing is done with human beings in this country."
As such the theme of the evening was Indian complete with indian nibbles. Trouble is what wine do you pair with spicy indian food? Ian selected a couple of white wines - Riesling and Chenin Blanc - both light and with a hint of sweetness. Ian managed to reorganise his back room to provide a new venue for the film club. It worked very well once the initial technical sound issues were resolved.
White Tiger refers to a once in a generation event (so rare is the white tiger!). In this case the White Tiger is an intelligent young Balram (played by Adarsh Gourav) who decides that he does not want to continue to live in poverty with the rest of his family and decides instead to drive for his master.
He is a good driver and servant to his master. However, he eventually realises that despite various scams to extract extra money from his unwitting master the only way to break free is to kill his master and steal as much of his money as he can. He manages to steal 4 million rupees (that is about £40k) moves to the other side of the country and set up a taxi firm called White Tiger Drivers.
"Do we loathe our masters behind a façade of love, or do we love them behind a façade of loathing?"
The film scored an excellent 76% and generated some good post film discussion.