The Reluctant Fundamentalist, based on Mohsin Hamid’s best-selling and critically acclaimed novel, will open across the UK and Ireland on May 10, 2013, released by Mara Pictures. And it is coming to selected screens in the United States.
The film, featuring an exceptional cast including Riz Ahmed, Liev Schreiber, Kate Hudson, Kiefer Sutherland and Om Puri, had its World Premiere at the Venice Film Festival, followed by screenings at Toronto, London and Doha, winning the inaugural Centenary Prize and a Silver Peacock at the Film Festival of India.
The story is a thriller told in flashback centering on a Pakistani man (Ahmed) whose promising Wall Street career and relationship with his girlfriend (Hudson) disintegrate following the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The director Mira Nair is extremely careful not to demonize the American or the Pakistani but rather to suggest how much they have in common, had politics not put them on opposite sides of the table sipping tea, but inches away from a loaded gun. Not as magnetic a presence as Ahmed, the scruffy Schreiber turns the role of the expat journalist into a complex, convincing character with solid.
Beautiful shot and the music in the film was a collaboration with an American composer Michael Andrews, layered with Pakistani songs including Qawwali singers, Urdu poetry set to music. Cutting-edge Pakistani pop, funk and rap. Vocals from Amy Ray of folk group the Indigo Girls and Peter Gabriel.
This film is highly suspenseful, and it got good reviews. This movie is a much see.