Mira Nair's controversial adaptation of Mohsin Hamid's novel 'The Reluctant Fundamentalist' is ready to roll this week in Atlanta, New York, Istanbul and Delhi.
Interestingly, Mira has managed to get permission to shoot in Lahore where the novel is largely set.
Riz Ahmed (Four Lions, Black Gold) stars in the lead role of Changez alongside Kate Hudson (Bride Wars, Nine, Something Borrowed), Liev Schreiber (Salt, X-Men: Origins, The Manchurian Candidate) and Kiefer Sutherland (24). Also appearing in the film are Nelsan Ellis, Martin Donovan.
From India, Om Puri and Shabana Azmi who are regulars abroad but have never worked with Mira Nair, are also on board. Haluk Bilginer and Meesha Shafi also feature in prominent parts.
Commenting on The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Nair said: "My father lived in Lahore before the partition of India and Pakistan. I am inspired to make a contemporary film about Pakistan, especially in this day and age when the perceived schism between Islamists and the Western World becomes more pronounced each day. In Doha Film Institute, I have a like-minded partner who shares a common belief in this story and its ability to affect change, having supported this project from the very beginning. In this day and age to have creative freedom to make a film that is political, timely and multi-layered is a gift."
Author Moshin Hamid is often cited in the media regarding Pakistani politics and culture. He adds, "Right now in Pakistan there is a feeling of intense isolation. So this film means a great deal to me - It is a rare case of artistic collaboration between Pakistanis, Americans and Indians. It tries to humanise what too often is stereotyped. And it tries to break down the walls that separate us, to expand our sense of empathy, and to let us reconnect as artists, as people and as citizens of a shared planet."
Other team members in the film include cinematographer Declan Quinn (Monsoon Wedding, In America, Rachel Getting Married), costume designer Arjun Bhasin (The Namesake, Monsoon Wedding, Life of Pi), production designer Michael Carlin (The Last King of Scotland, The Duchess, In Bruges), and Shimit Amin as the editor.
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