EARNING HIS STRIPES
Forbes India|March 12, 2021
Following the success of The White Tiger, newcomer Adarsh Gourav finds himself in haloed territory of global award nominations
RUCHA SHARMA

More than a decade after Aravind Adiga’s novel The White Tiger won the Man Booker Prize in 2008, the person featured on its dedication page, Iranian American film director Ramin Bahrani, ended up helming its cinematic adaptation. And Bahrani had just one instruction for Tess Joseph, the film’s casting director while scouting for actors: “Show me your best and most real actors”.

The Netflix film, The White Tiger, released on January 22, with a cast including Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Rajkummar Rao, and Adarsh Gourav. According to an announcement by Chopra Jonas, it became the No 1 film on the platform in 64 countries in the first four weeks and was viewed by 27 million households.

What it has also done is catapult 26-year-old Gourav, a newcomer in the world of big cinema, into the nomination lists of some of the most prestigious global awards. He has been nominated for the Best International Actor-Cinema of the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Awards, is on the longlist for the Best Leading Actor category of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards, and is the first Indian to be nominated in the Best Male Lead category of the Film Independent Spirits Awards (late Irrfan Khan was nominated for Best Supporting Male Actor for his role in Mira Nair’s The Namesake in 2007).

Gourav says it feels surreal to find his name alongside the likes of Anthony Hopkins, Tom Hanks, Gary Oldman, and Chadwick Boseman. But if you ask Joseph, he had shown potential from his very first audition. “Adarsh’s very first audition had promise. He was cheeky yet naïve; he felt like he ‘belonged’ to the world. He listens, he invests in instructions but also makes brave choices when asked to do a wild take,” she says. “For the film’s voiceover, he was one of the last few actors we had tested, and we were meeting many options. When I uploaded the tapes to Ramin, I left him a note saying ‘watch this one. I liked him’.”

Continue reading your story on the app

Continue reading your story in the magazine

MORE STORIES FROM FORBES INDIAView All

‘The Middle Class Buys Dreams. The Businessman Sells Unrealistic Ones'

Anand Kumar starts the interview by setting the context. “Let’s get the math right,” says the mathematician.

4 mins read
Forbes India
April 23, 2021

The Home School of Thought

Concerns over a monotonous, formal education system coupled with edtech’s innovative approaches bolster the homeschooling proposition. But is India ready for it?

10+ mins read
Forbes India
April 23, 2021

The Big Small Question

As Byju’s and Unacademy grow at breakneck speed, what will it take for smaller edtech players to survive?

10+ mins read
Forbes India
April 23, 2021

Beating Bharat's Edtech Blues

On the other side of the billion-dollar edtech boom are children who have been unable to access the most basic forms of online education, and people who have been trying to bridge the digital divide

10+ mins read
Forbes India
April 23, 2021

Handa's New Funda: From Academy to Unacademy

How IITian Ravi Handa scaled up his seven-year-old online venture for MBA preparation, and eventually sold it to an edtech major

5 mins read
Forbes India
April 23, 2021

Six (and more) Degrees of Fakery

How inaction against the rash of fake universities across the country may be incentivising the mushrooming of more such institutions

6 mins read
Forbes India
April 23, 2021

Meet The Headmasters

Sequoia Capital has bet big on edtech, with over a dozen investments, including in industry giants Byju’s and Unacademy

10+ mins read
Forbes India
April 23, 2021

A Billion-Dollar Dream For Freshworks

Girish Mathrubootham is taking a cue from the rapid growth of Silicon Valley software startups to reach scale and velocity

10+ mins read
Forbes India
April 23, 2021

Changing How Small-Town India Shops

CityMall founders Angad Kikla and Naisheel Verdhan are building a network of micro-entrepreneurs through their app in smaller cities

10 mins read
Forbes India
April 23, 2021

Liberal Arts: A Road Less Travelled

Colleges offering these courses in India have begun to gain ground, but for them to truly shine on the global map, they must be cognisant of the country’s culture and challenges

7 mins read
Forbes India
April 23, 2021
RELATED STORIES

Living the Scheme

Born into poverty, a young man claws his way into the gilded class.

5 mins read
New York magazine
February 1-14, 2021

Pagarbook Helping SMEs with Financial and Staff Management Records

According, to a research byPag,arBook, more than 50% of the SME owners suffer every month because of the confusing financial and staff management record maintenance. This was one of the major obstacles that SME owners were unable to sort as maintaining too many books adding up to the existing hassle. Pagarbook identified this issue from the very root cause and started researching for a way out. With intense trial and error methods, rigorous resolutions to the focus group requests, adding and deleting features, addressing all the issues real time, the need for an SME solution was met.

4 mins read
SME World
March 2021

Let the music play!

Michael Ball joins Sheridan Smith for a night full of iconic musical numbers…

2 mins read
What's on TV
February 06, 2021

'I approach every role with one question how does this character impact the story? - Priyanka Chopra Jonas'

Priyanka Chopra's latest film, The White Tiger has reportedly become the number 1 most popular film on Netflix, across the world. The film stars Priyanka in a supporting role.

4 mins read
GLOBAL MOVIE MAGAZINE
February 2021

नई शिक्षा नीति-2020 विषय पर चर्चा

नई शिक्षा नीति 2020 पर गुरुवार को आदर्श माध्यमिक विद्यालय (श्याम बाजार) में एक सभागार का आयोजन किया गया।

1 min read
Samagya
January 22, 2021

Films

MOVIES ON DEMAND

2 mins read
Reader's Digest India
January 2021

Help me, Jac!

As the net closes in on drug addict Kian, the medic feels forced to reach out…

1 min read
What's on TV
January 09, 2021

YEAR OF THE TIGER

ADARSH GOURAV HAS BAGGED A BIGGIE IN THE WHITE TIGER. VEDANSHI PATHAK MEETS THE EXCITED YOUNGSTER

3 mins read
Filmfare
November 2020

TOP trousseau TRENDS

MARWAR cues you in on the bridal trousseau trends for the upcoming wedding season, be it chic fashion, bejewelled treasures, footwear or accessories.

5 mins read
MARWAR India
September - October 2020

Now, govt eyes 11-acre MLA quarters for HoD's complex

The MLA quarters site at Proposed Site Is Near New Sectt Complex

2 mins read
The Times of India Hyderabad
August 10, 2020