By Mira NAIR


Thriller - Completed 2012

Based on the best-selling novel by Mohsin Hamid, The Reluctant Fundamentalist is a riveting thriller about the story of Changez, a young Pakistani man chasing corporate success on Wall Street in the era of globalisation.

& Awards

La Biennale di Venezia - Venice FF 2012
Out of Competition
Toronto - TIFF 2012
Gala Presentations
IFF of India, Goa 2012
Centenary Award
San Sebastian FF 2013
Film Library (not in selection)
    • Year of production
    • 2012
    • Genres
    • Thriller
    • Countries
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH, Other
    • Duration
    • 120 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Mira NAIR
    • Writer(s)
    • Ami BOGHANI, Moshin HAMID, William WHEELER
    • Producer(s)
    • Lydia DEAN PILCHER
    • Synopsis
    • Student demonstrations are raging in Lahore, as young Pakistani professor Changez Khan and a journalist, Bobby Lincoln, share a cup of tea and conversation. Princeton-educated Changez tells Lincoln of his past as a brilliant business analyst on Wall Street. He talks of the glittering future that lay before him and the beautiful and sophisticated Erica whom he was set to share that future with. But then 9/11 changes everything. Attitudes shift dramatically - his very name and face rendering him suspect. Returning to his homeland and the family to whom he is very close, he takes up a post as lecturer at the local university, a hotbed of radicalism and the new militant academia. The collegial pretense of the meeting in a Lahore teahouse, between Lincoln and Changez, slowly gives way to why the unlikely pair has gathered on a summer day --- another professor has been kidnapped by extremists, and the clock is ticking toward a deadline for his execution. Changez's family is being harassed and is in real danger. Bobby is there to listen, with an agenda of his own. As it is revealed that Lincoln is in the lions' den with the CIA, we also learn that he has a personal stake in the immediate crisis at hand. Taking us through the culturally rich and beguiling worlds of New York, Lahore and Istanbul The Reluctant Fundamentalist is an exploration of prejudice and the phenomenon of globalization that is both exhilirating and deeply unsettling.
    • Beginning of shooting
    • Sep 01, 2011