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The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2012)

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A young Pakistani man is chasing corporate success on Wall Street. He finds himself embroiled in a conflict between his American Dream, a hostage crisis, and the enduring call of his family's homeland.



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A young Pakistani man is chasing corporate success on Wall Street. He finds himself embroiled in a conflict between his American Dream, a hostage crisis, and the enduring call of his family's homeland.

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Terror has two faces. See more »


Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for language, some violence and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

3 May 2013 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Den ovillige fundamentalisten  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$30,920 (USA) (26 April 2013)


$519,535 (USA) (7 June 2013)

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The song, Bijli Aye Ya Na Aye is an Meesha Shafi's alternate version of the song Batti Aye Ya Na Aye, which is by her previous band Overload. This led to a dispute between Shafi and Overload, as to who owns the copyright of the song. See more »


In Chang's flashback to 2001, Erica takes a photo with her Canon EOS 5D, but the camera was not announced by Canon until 2005. See more »


Changez: After 9/11, you could choose your side. I had my side chosen for me.
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Featured in At the Movies: Venice Film Festival 2012 (2012) See more »


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Lyrics by Faiz Ahmed Faiz
Composed by Atif Aslam and Michael Andrews
Vocals by Atif Aslam
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Produced By Michael Andrews and Mira Nair
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A film that's less about reluctance and more about turmoil...
20 May 2013 | by See all my reviews

Off late, it seems that there's a new genre of films, both in India and in the West. As varied as they may be in their narratives, they share certain broad elements-a Muslim immigrant to the West facing the hostility and suspicion of a post-9/11 world and gradually becoming disillusioned with the once sought-after Western way of life and seeking solace in his/her own roots. 'The Reluctant Fundamentalist' is the latest addition to that particular genre and yet, unlike many of the others, it doesn't have a lot to do with terrorism. Sure, terrorism and its consequences do drive the plot to a significant extent; but above all, this is a very human story about identity, self-doubt, and internal conflict.

The protagonist Changez Khan is a man living in two worlds, and throughout the story, he is never really able to pick a side, despite his assertion that his side has picked for him. In that regard, he is perhaps the most realistic reflection of a modern Muslim youth placed in a similar situation. Without spoiling anything much, I will say that this isn't your sundry story about young people feeling victimized and turning to radicalism-this is something far more complex...something you need to see the whole movie to truly appreciate.

Riz Ahmed does a great job portraying the multi-faceted and conflicted protagonist Changez, and Liev Schreiber is brilliant as Bobby Lincoln, the enigmatic American whose conversation with Changez forms the backbone of the narrative. Less impressive is Kate Hudson as Changez's American lover Erika.

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