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Ramin Bahrani, ‘The White Tiger’ Director, to Reunite With Aravind Adiga for ‘Amnesty’ Film Adaptation for Netflix

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Credits: Ramin Bahrani at the premiere of 99 Homes at the 2014 Venice International Film Festival, by Alice Barigelli, licensed under CC Attribution 2.0 Generic, cropped and resized; Amazon

Ramin Bahrani, the Iranian-American filmmaker whose latest directorial The White Tiger premiered on Netflix last month, will direct the film adaptation of author Aravind Adiga’s latest novel Amnesty for Netflix, the streaming giant announced on Tuesday.

The Amnesty adaptation will be produced by Bahrani under Noruz Films banner along with Bahareh Azimi and Ashok Amritraj for Hyde Park Entertainment. The screenplay will be written by Bahrani.

Amnesty, my most personal novel, evolved in the course of discussions with Ramin over many years. It’s my attempt to dramatise the moral crisis at the centre of the story that is faced in various forms by immigrants around the world. I can’t wait to see Ramin’s interpretation on Netflix,” Adiga said in a press release.

Bahrani said, “I am thrilled to adapt Aravind’s great new novel Amnesty. I’m very grateful to partner with Netflix and my lead creative producer Bahareh Azimi once again. This novel gripped me from the first time Aravind shared a rough draft with me five years ago. I can’t wait to bring it to the screen.”

Amnesty is set in Australia and follows Danny, an illegal immigrant and a native of Sri Lanka, who cleans houses in Sydney. After one of his employers is murdered suddenly, he gains a piece of crucial information regarding the suspected killer. As Danny plays a “cat-and-mouse game” with the suspected man, he ends up in a “moral crisis” to either speak up or get deported.

Bahrani’s The White Tiger was based on Adiga’s debut novel by the same name that was The New York Times bestseller. The novel won the Man Booker Prize in 2008. Starring Rajkummar Rao, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, and Adarsh Gourav, the film is based on a poor chauffeur called Balram Halwai and explores themes of corruption, poverty, caste, loyalty, and class divide in India.

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