Priyanka Chopra-Jonas will star in adaptation of Arvind Adiga’s Man Booker-winning novel “The White Tiger.” The Netflix film, directed by Ramin Bahrani, will also star Rajkummar Rao and Adarsh Gourav.
It is produced by Mukul Deora, and Chopra will be the executive producer. Shooting will begin in India in October.
“The White Tiger” follows the extraordinary journey of a self-made man from tea-shop worker in a village to successful entrepreneur in a big city. Murder, love and deceit are the ultimate price for ambition.
Chopra will be cast opposite Rao for the first time.
“I’m so excited to work with Ramin Bahrani and Netflix to bring Aravind Adiga’s poignant story to cinematic life,” Chopra said in a statement, news reports said. “The story’s portrayal of raw ambition,” she said. “And the extent one will go to achieve one’s goals is riveting.” According to news reports, Chopra will also be working with Netflix on the
upcoming Robert Rodriguez feature “We Can Be Heroes.” She is also set to produce and star in an untitled wedding comedy set in India that will co-produced by Mindy Kaling and Dan Goor for Universal.
Meanwhile, “The Sky is Pink,” which marks Chopra’s return to Bollywwod after the 2016 film “Jai Gangajal,” will not only premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, but will also screen at the London Film Festival and Busan Film Festival. The film also stars Farhan Akhtar and Zaira Wasim.
Directed by Shonali Bose, “The Sky is Pink” is based on the life of Aisha Chaudhary, who became a motivational speaker after being diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis at the age of 13. Wasim plays Aisha while Akhtar and Chopra are playing her parents in the film, which will hit the theaters Oct. 11.