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The Reluctant Fundamentalist

A boldly dramatic adaptation of Mohsin Hamid’s bestselling novel, The Reluctant Fundamentalist is a thoughtful political drama wrapped in a cracking thriller, boasting a star-studded cast lead by Kiefer Sutherland (Melancholia, television’s 24), Liev Schreiber (Goon, Taking Woodstock) and Kate Hudson (Nine, Le Divorce). Mixing romance and tragedy with the classic arc of ambition thwarted, director Mira Nair (The Namesake,  Monsoon Wedding) chronicles the slow transformation of a young Pakistani man (Riz Ahmed,
Trishna, Four Lions), whose pursuit of corporate success on Wall Street leads him on a
strange path back to the world he left behind.

At an outdoor café in Lahore in 2011, a Pakistani man named Changez (Ahmed) tells Bobby (Schreiber), an American journalist, about his experiences in the United States. Flash back ten years and we find a younger Changez, fresh from Princeton, seeking fortune and glory on Wall Street. The American Dream seems well within his grasp, complete with a smart and gorgeous artist girlfriend, Erica (Hudson). But when the Twin Towers are attacked, a cultural divide slowly begins to crack open between Changez and Erica. (“How does that happen?” Erica asks of the terrorist attacks. “What makes you think I’d know?” he answers.) Changez’s dream soon begins to turn into a nightmare: profiled, wrongfully arrested, strip-searched and interrogated, he is transformed from a well-educated, upwardly mobile businessman into a scapegoat and perceived enemy. With time, he begins to hear the call of his homeland.

Ahmed gives a magnificently textured performance as the aptly named Changez, whose attitude evolves from an eager willingness to assimilate to a deep dejection with his adopted country. Ahmed and his castmates benefit from Nair’s assured direction and a superb script from Ami Boghani, William Wheeler and Hamid. Brought to the screen with both passion and insight—and brimming with profound, global implications—The Reluctant Fundamentalist thrills with the thought-provoking and timely issues it raises.


The Reluctant Fundamentalist is a well made, beautifully shot and superbly acted drama —Matthew Turner, View London

Director: Mira Nair
Cast: Kiefer Sutherland, Riz Ahmed, Kate Hudson, Liev Schreiber, Om Puri
Year: 2012
Runtime: 128 minutes
Country: India, Pakistan, USA
Language: English, Urdu with English subtitles
Distributor: Mongrel Media

Ratings: ON NR / BC NR / AB NR / SK NR / MB NR / QC NR / Maritmes NR


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