TRAILER: Mira Nair’s ‘The Reluctant Fundamentalist’ – A Political Thriller


HOLLYWOOD: PVR Pictures has released the first trailer of its upcoming film ‘The Reluctant Fundamentalist’. Directed by Mira Nair of ‘The Namesake’ fame, the film is a political thriller starring Kate Hudson, Kiefer Sutherland, Live Schreiber, Riz Ahmed, Om Puri and Shabana Azmi.

‘The Reluctant Fundamentalist’ is based on the novel by the same name by Mohsin Hamid which talks about a Pakistani man working on Wall Street.

The trailer begins with a journalist (Liev Schreiber) interviewing Khan, about the kidnapping of an American citizen where we hear Changez Khan (Riz Ahmed) saying: “Looks can be deceiving; I’m a lover of America although I was raised to feel very Pakistani.” Khan then describes how he came to the US and took a job on Wall Street, only to have his life change after the attacks on the Twin Towers.

‘The Reluctant Fundamentalist’ follows the life of a Pakistani man, who loves and lives in the US for several years before he gets caught in the throes of post 9/11 climate of the US and the turbulence it caused for many Pakistani Americans trying to figure out their identities and their allegiances. He finds himself embroiled in a conflict between his American Dream, a hostage crisis, the enduring call of his family’s homeland, and the effects that his dilemma has on the people he works with and the woman he’s grown to love.

The trailer ends with Changez Khan saying: “Yes I’m Pakistani, Yes I’m Muslim, but that’s not all I am.”

The film is produced by Lydia Dean Pilcher and opened the 69th Venice International Film Festival in August 2012. ‘The Reluctant Fundamentalist’ is set to release in April this year.