Ramin Bahrani directs Adarsh Gourav, Priyanka Chopra and Rajkummar Rao in this drama where a boy from India’s rural underclass inveigles his way into working for a corrupt family.
Anyone who has seen the blistering 99 Homes will know that Ramin Bahrani can make cracking cinema out of holding a mirror up to wealth and class inequalities. Here he adapts the Booker prize winning novel about India’s rigged caste system and takes in globalisation and endemic corruption to boot… It is quite a canny piece of cinema that many young film critics will compare to the grandstanding of Parasite and many older critics will notice coded queer comparisons to The Servant. Yet the great movie it reminded me most of is French prison thriller A Prophet. The rare tale of a pawn making its way daringly all the way across the board, the most precarious individual clamouring up a hierarchy. An ‘exploitation’ flick in the least used definition of the word, one where various scenes can be read in intriguingly different ways. An attractive cast and eye for incongruous detail mean this corking epic of developing world mores and bad behaviour absolutely chops.
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