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All cooped up: Caste in ‘The White Tiger’
‘The White Tiger’ tells the story of an Indian servant’s rise from a subsistence existence to entrepreneurial excess — a man who wrote his own ending, thanks to the fortunes of the global city. Yet, even in this tale of individual triumph, writes historian Shefali Chandra, the film powerfully demonstrates the resiliency of the caste structures that precipitated his abject origins as well as his opportunistic ascent.