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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 »
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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 ... 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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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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Terror has two faces. 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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Country:

USA | UK | Qatar

Language:

English | Urdu

Release Date:

3 May 2013 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

El fundamentalista reticente See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$30,920, 28 April 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$519,535, 9 June 2013
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

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

Wainwright: [Changez is quitting the firm] Is this about me beating you in basketball?
Changez: You're going to be a great analyst, Wainwright.
Wainwright: What are you gonna be?
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Connections

References CSI: Miami (2002) See more »

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Bol
Music and words by Peter Gabriel
Urdu vocal arrangement by Atif Aslam
Inspired by Faiz Ahmed Faiz's Poem "Bol"
Performed by Peter Gabriel with Atif Aslam
Recorded by Richard "Dickie" Chappell
Mixed by Tchad Blake
Peter Gabriel appears Courtesy of Real World Records
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A film that's less about reluctance and more about turmoil...
20 May 2013 | by sanddragon939See 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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