“Yes I’m Pakistani. Yes I’m Muslim. But that’s not all I am.” In The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Changez (Riz Ahmed), a young Pakistani immigrant and recent Princeton graduate, moves to New York to find success on Wall Street. But soon his pursuit of the American Dream conflicts with the strong post-9/11 atmosphere of the day. Before long, he finds himself involved in a battle between his desire for corporate success and the culture and values of his homeland. Set in five countries, The Reluctant Fundamentalist follows Changez’s journey towards personal fulfillment in the face of overwhelming extremism on all sides.
Based on Mohsin Amid’s best-selling novel of the same name, The Reluctant Fundamentalist examines the other sides of fundamentalism—both religious and economic—and vividly depicts the effects on its victims. “You say guilty people hide?” asks Changez. “So do people who feel hunted.” The Reluctant Fundamentalist opens a sort of dialogue between East and West, highlighting the fact that beyond all of the hate and fear, we all shed the same blood and tears.
Written for the screen by William Wheeler and Amir Boghani and directed by Mira Nair, this IFC Films drama/thriller will see a limited release on April 24, 2013. The Reluctant Fundamentalist also stars Kate Hudson, Kiefer Sutherland, and Liev Schrieber. Rated R for language, some violence and brief sexuality.