New Delhi: Indian actor Adarsh Gourav has bagged the leading actor BAFTA nod for his performance in the Netflix film “The White Tiger,” the British Academy announced on Tuesday. The movie Director Ramin Bahrani, took an adaptation of Aravind Adiga's Booker Prize winning novel of the same name “The White Tiger,” which also starred Priyanka Chopra and Rajkummar Rao.
Priyanka Chopra is also the executive producer of the film along with Ava Duvernay. Adarsh plays Balram, the movie's protagonist who works as a driver for Ashok, a wealthy businessman, played by Rajkummar Rao. From being ridiculed by his employers for his underprivileged background to forcing him to take the fall for a crime he didn't commit, the film charts Balram's journey from being a driver to becoming a successful entrepreneur.
Besides Gourav's nomination in the acting category, The White Tiger has also earned a nomination in the adapted screenplay category for writer-director Ramin Bahrani.
Soon after the nominations were announced, Adarsh took to Instagram to thank his director. Taking to Instagram to share his happiness over the announcement, Gourav wrote, “Holy shit it's really happening! Thank you Ramin for trusting me to play the character that has given me more than anything I've ever experienced. Congratulations to the team for two BAFTA nominations!! Best adapted screenplay and leading actor. Congratulations to all the other nominees too!”
Even Executive producer of the movie Priyanka Chopra Jonas took to Twitter to share her happiness upon receiving the news.
What a proud moment for Indian talent with 2 BAFTA nominations for an ALL INDIAN STAR CAST!! Ecstatic for you @_GouravAdarsh, you are so deserving of this recognition, and congratulations #RaminBahrani, so well deserved.— PRIYANKA (@priyankachopra) March 9, 2021
“What a proud moment for Indian talent with 2 BAFTA nominations for an ALL INDIAN STAR CAST!! Ecstatic for you @_GouravAdarsh, you are so deserving of this recognition, and congratulations #RaminBahrani, so well deserved,” her post read. “I feel extremely proud to have been an executive producer on this movie! Let's get it!!” Priyanka Chopra tweeted.
Gourav has been nominated alongside the likes of Riz Ahmed (Sound Of Metal), late Chadwick Boseman (Ma Rainey's Black Bottom), Mads Mikkelsen (Another Round) Veteran British actor Anthony Hopkins (The Father) and French actor Tahar Rahim (The Mauritanian).
The BAFTA Awards ceremony will be held at London's Royal Albert Hall and will be aired live on BBC 1 and BBC 1 HD on April 11, 2021.