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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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(eulogy in urdu), (screen story) | 3 more credits »
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Abu
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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 ...
Junaid
Sarah Quinn ...
Clea
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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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When one day changes the world forever. See more »

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Drama | Thriller

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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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El fundamentalista reticente  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

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

The first line recorded by Bobby in the tea house differs from the first line he heard on his recordings after the whole drama. A dialogue that was not recorded was heard later in that recording. See more »

Quotes

Nazmi Kemal: Have you heard of the janissaries?
Changez: No.
Nazmi Kemal: 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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References CSI: Miami (2002) See more »

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Measure of Me
Words and Music by Amy Ray (as Amy Elizabeth Ray)
Performed by Amy Ray (as Amy Elizabeth Ray)
c. Songs of Universal, Inc. on behalf of Godhap Music (BMI)
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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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