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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.

Director:

Mira Nair

Writers:

Javed Akhtar (eulogy in urdu), Ami Boghani (screen story) | 3 more credits »
3 wins. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Riz Ahmed ... Changez
Kate Hudson ... Erica
Liev Schreiber ... Bobby Lincoln
Kiefer Sutherland ... Jim Cross
Om Puri ... Abu
Shabana Azmi ... Ammi
Martin Donovan ... Ludlow Cooper
Nelsan Ellis ... Wainwright
Haluk Bilginer ... Nazmi Kemal
Meesha Shafi Meesha Shafi ... Bina
Imaaduddin Shah ... Sameer (as Imaad Shah)
Christopher Nicholas Smith ... Mike Rizzo (as Chris Smith)
Ashwath Bhatt Ashwath Bhatt ... Junaid
Sarah Quinn Sarah Quinn ... Clea
Chandrachur Singh ... Bandy Uncle
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Storyline

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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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When one day changes the world forever. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

"Changez" is a Pakistani version of Genghis, from Genghis Khan. See more »

Goofs

The military men aren't wearing Pakistan's military or militia uniform but Indian Border Security Force's (BSF) 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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Connections

Featured in Maltin on Movies: Pain & Gain (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

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 rcdude777See 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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Country:

USA | UK | Qatar

Language:

English | Urdu

Release Date:

3 May 2013 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$30,920, 28 April 2013

Gross USA:

$552,959

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,176,576
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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