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The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2012)

 -  Thriller  -  3 May 2013 (Sweden)
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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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Ammi
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Ludlow Cooper
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Wainwright
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Nazmi Kemal
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Bina
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Sameer (as Imaad Shah)
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Mike Rizzo (as Chris Smith)
Ashwath Bhatt ...
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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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Rated R for language, some violence and brief sexuality | See all certifications »
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3 May 2013 (Sweden)  »

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Den ovillige fundamentalisten  »

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

Gross:

$519,535 (USA) (7 June 2013)
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Shahid Kapoor was considered for the role of Changez. See more »

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When Bobby is talking to his chief over phone, to his back, Changez & Sameer are talking to a third person. In the next shot, they are chatting face-to-face. See more »

Quotes

Nazmi Kemal: Nazmi: "Have you heard of the janissaries?"
Changez: Changez: "No."
Nazmi Kemal: Nazmi: "They were Christian boys, captured by the Ottomans at an early age. They were educated to forget their own culture and trained to be soldiers in their army. Then, as fanatical Muslims, they were set loose on the Christian countries from which they were taken."
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Featured in At the Movies: Venice Film Festival 2012 (2012) See more »

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Dil Jalaane Ki Baat
Lyrics by Javed Qureshi
Composed by Mohsin Razaa
Performed by Ali Sethi
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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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