Wednesday, May 8, 2013

The Reluctant Fundamentalist

Director: Mira Nair

Starring: Riz Ahmed, Kiefer Sutherland, Kate Hudson, Liev Schreiber

A tense drama set post Sept 11th and spanning the next decade. Influencial Pakistani professor, Changez (Riz Ahmed) gives an interview to a journalist Bobby Lincoln (Liev Schreiber) following the kidnap of a US citizen in Pakistan. The interview is granted on the condition Lincoln listens to the whole story, which begins 10 years earlier. As a younger man Changez chased corporate success on Wall Street, working for Jim Cross (Kiefer Sutherland) in the prestigious financial consultancy, Underwood Samson. During this time he falls he falls in love with Erica (Kate Hudson) but after 9/11 things change and the young Pakistani is singled out by authorities and discriminated because of his looks. Additionally he is apprehended and humiliated before a personal betrayal that is the final straw. The older and wiser Changz must now reconcile his recent past with the beliefs of his culture amidst the chaos of the high profile abduction . The film explores profound and timely issues and thanks to great cast is well worth seeing .

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