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Mira Nair brings Lahore to Delhi for The Reluctant Fundamentalist

Dibyojyoti Baksi, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, April 08, 2013
First Published: 11:51 IST(8/4/2013) | Last Updated: 17:55 IST(8/4/2013)

Unable to complete the shoot of her upcoming film, The Reluctant Fundamentalist in Lahore, filmmaker Mira Nair found a novel way out and recreated it in Delhi.

Actor Imaad Shaah, who stars in the film, reveals, “Lahore looks a lot like old Delhi. Due to some production issues, we couldn’t shoot there. But the makers recreated parts of Lahore University in the Capital.”

The Reluctant Fundamentalist is based on Pakistani author Mohsin Hamid’s 2007 Booker shortlisted novel about a disillusioned Pakistani, who returns to Lahore post the 9/11 attacks.

“The crux of the film is about fundamentalism in relation to students,” adds the actor, who plays a pivotal role in the film. “My character is a teaching assistant in a college. He plays a very important role in the climax of the film, when the situation tenses up between Pakistan and the CIA,” he says.

The actor, who has been part of many offbeat film since his entry into Hindi films, says he is still training to enter the big league in Bollywood. “I do a lot of things to test myself as an actor. When it comes to acting, I push myself as much as I can. I experiment with my body and my face. Although I am a very strong believer in independent cinema, I am up for all kind of roles,” says Imaad, who isn’t sure about when The Reluctant Fundamentalist will hit theatres. Besides Imaad, the film also stars actors Riz Ahmed, Liev Schreiber and Kiefer Sutherland.

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