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The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2012)

R  |   |  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)
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Junaid
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Chandrachur Singh ...
Bandy Uncle
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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)  »

Also Known As:

Den ovillige fundamentalisten  »

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

Gross:

$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 »

Goofs

(at around 6 mins) The little girl with the envelope marked "U.S. Embassy" is walking through a corridor to drop the brown envelope. As she goes down the stairs, there is a signboard in blue, with white "Hindi" text. This corridor supposedly depicts Lahore and the Lahore Press Club where the signboards would have English and Urdu texts. See more »

Quotes

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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No More Dues Aml
Written by Jerry Kalaf
Performed by This Side Up
Produced by Jerry Kalaf
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A Magnificent Film That Simply Tells The Truth
12 June 2013 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I went into the theatre not expecting it to be spectacular but I was wrong. Everything from the acting to the music composition and the dialogue was amazing. Riz Ahmed's performance was terrific. This film sheds light on America's deadly interventions in response to 9/11. A young Pakistani Muslim goes to America, gets an education and becomes successful. When 9/11 occurs, that young man's life is challenged because he is harassed by police and at the same time feeling the pain of his people. But does he become a fundamentalist and goes on a murderous spree on the invaders? Absolutely not. He remains peaceful. The reason is that there is no such thing as fundamentalism in Islam. A person who watches this film will see how peaceful Islam really is. Now that I've seen this film, I will definitely read the book.


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