The Doha Film Institute has funded Mira Nair’s latest work, The Reluctant Fundamentalist. The Institute is all set to hold the Doha Tribeca Film Festival from October 25 to 29.
Adapted from Mohsin Hamid’s bestseller with the same title as the movie, the principal shooting has just begun. The story moves from Atlanta to New York to Istanbul, Lahore and Delhi.
The Reluctant Fundamentalist is an engaging look at a young Pakistani executive, Changez, dreaming of big Wall Street success in a globalised atmosphere. But 9/11 forces him to pause and ponder. He experiences an almost seismic shift in his attitude, discovering bonds and allegiances deeper than money power and even love.
Riz Ahmed (Four Lions, Black Gold) essays Changez, co-staring with Kate Hudson (Bride Wars, Nine, Something Borrowed), Liev Schreiber (Salt, X-Men: Origins, The Manchurian Candidate), Kiefer Sutherland (24). India’s Om Puri and Shabana Azmi will also appear though in brief roles.
The Reluctant Fundamentalist, a Mirabai Films and Cine Mosaic Production, marks the Institute’s first financial involvement in an independent feature, underscoring the need to encourage creative storytelling.
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 movie about Pakistan, especially in this day and age when the perceived schism between Islamists and the Western World becomes more pronounced."