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Live Virtual Q&A with Ramin Bahrani, Filmmaker of THE WHITE TIGER, Moderated by Actor Michael Shannon

Monday, January 25 at 7:00 PM EST

This event is free to the public. Watch live on our YouTube channel.

In THE WHITE TIGER, Balram Halwai (Adarsh Gourav) narrates his epic and darkly humorous rise from poor villager to successful entrepreneur in modern India. Cunning and ambitious, our young hero jockeys his way into becoming a driver for Ashok (Rajkummar Rao) and Pinky (Priyanka Chopra Jonas), who have just returned from America. Society has trained Balram to be one thing — a servant — so he makes himself indispensable to his rich masters. But after a night of betrayal, he realizes the corrupt lengths they will go to trap him and save themselves. On the verge of losing everything, Balram rebels against a rigged and unequal system to rise up and become a new kind of master. Based on the New York Times bestseller and 2008 Man Booker Prize-winning novel.

THE WHITE TIGER is now available on Netflix.

Photo © Lauren Weissler.
Academy Award®, Golden Globe® and Tony Award® nominated actor Michael Shannon continues to make his mark in entertainment, working with the industry's most respected talent and treading the boards in notable theaters around the world.

Most notably, Shannon garnered critical acclaim for his Oscar® nominated supporting role in Revolutionary Road, playing ‘John Givings,’ the psychologically troubled neighbor's son. Directed by Sam Mendes and adapted by Justin Haythe, Shannon stars opposite Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet and Kathy Bates. He went on to receive additional acclaim for Ramin Bahrani’s timely drama 99 Homes, co-starring opposite Andrew Garfield. Set against the backdrop of the economic crisis, Shannon portrayed ‘Rick Carver,’ a charismatic and ruthless real estate tycoon gaming the market and home banking system. He was nominated for a Golden Globe®, Screen Actors Guild®, Critics Choice®, Gotham Award® and Film Independent Spirit Award on behalf of this performance. Additional accolades include Tom Ford’s Nocturnal Animals, opposite Jake Gyllenhaal, Amy Adams and Aaron Taylor Johnson. For his performance, Shannon received an Academy Award® and Critics Choice® nomination. Shannon was also seen in Guillermo del Toro's critically acclaimed drama, The Shape of Water, a love story set against the backdrop of Cold War-era America. The film co-stars Sally Hawkins, Richard Jenkins, Michael Stuhlbarg and Octavia Spencer. The Shape of Water won the 2018 Oscar® for Best Picture, adding to its tally of 4 Academy Award wins and 13 nominations.

Michael Shannon grew up in Lexington, Kentucky and began his professional stage career in Chicago, Illinois.


“Exhilarating. A sprawling Technicolor melodrama about class and destiny set in modern-day India… steeps a classic Horatio Alger tale in kinetic 21st-century dazzle and pop.”
– Leah Greenblatt, Entertainment Weekly

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