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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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Mira Nair

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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 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.

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Terror has two faces. 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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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

Gross USA:

$552,959

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,176,576
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Shahid Kapoor was considered for the role of Changez. 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: You picked a side after 9/11; I didn't have to. It was picked for me.
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Featured in At the Movies: Venice Film Festival 2012 (2012) 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
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...on fundementalism

Whilst it is tempting to dismiss this as just another 9/11 related tale, it goes a little deeper than one might think.

A young Pakistani whose upward path to wealth in the finance industry in New York is interrupted by the atrocities of September 11, 2001 who then becomes the Asian looking man with a beard, the centre of everyone's suspicions. The country he had come to grow so fond of, suddenly puts him in a dark corner, which raises some uneasy questions; is hatred the response to hatred, or extremism the cure to extremism? A single event, with a chain of events that followed caused him to question everything.

This is a story about two extremes. On the one hand is the religious fundamentalism which drives people to kill for the sake of dogma and blind obedience to a book whilst on the other hand lies the financial fundamentalism which drives people to gamble the livelihoods of others for the sake of individual profit maximisation and wealth accumulation. The former type of extremism is well noted and condemned, whilst the latter is noted but not so openly condemned although it is possible that it is causing more damage than religious fundamentalism. Regardless where one stands on such issues this film puts a young man in the middle of two extremes.

Changez is a conflicted soul and whilst he starts out as a financial fundamentalist, should he not swap one extreme for another? Can he realise that fanaticism is harmful no matter whichever root it has?

An interesting, and very relevant film.


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