Talking to IANS, Mira Nair said, "I don't want to confuse the movie with a 9/11 story, it's more of a love story and a thriller - 9/11 is a game changer in the movie. The story is about a man who tries to find himself." She added, "I have made all kinds of films with the subcontinent in my heart, but The Reluctant Fundamentalist is my first human thriller, a coming of age story that bridges our world with America."
The film stars Britain-based Pakistani origin actor Riz Ahmed in the lead along with Hollywood biggies Kate Hudson, Liev Schreiber and Bollywood veterans Shabana Azmi and Om Puri. "It is a film like no other - an Indian director making a Pakistani film across several continents, uniting A-list of Hollywood talents with legends from the Hindi film industry, creating a modern sound that crosses borders with its Sufi qawallis, rap music, Faiz poems, and techno groove," said the director, who took five years to come out with The Reluctant Fundamentalist after her last film was The Namesake.
Based on Pakistani author Mohsin Hamid's novel of the same name, The Reluctant Fundamentalist is about a young man chasing corporate success on Wall Street and struggling between his American dream, a hostage crisis and the enduring call of his family's homeland. The 55-year-old filmmaker is also thrilled about PVR Pictures bringing her film to the continent.
Sanjeev Bijli, Joint MD, PVR Ltd., said, "PVR is committed to bring to India an eclectic mix of powerful as well as interesting movies." He added, "It's an honour to be distributing The Reluctant Fundamentalist in India and we are thankful to Mira for trusting us with her film. We are very excited about the films prospects in India and are keenly looking forward to its theatrical release."