Filmmaker Mira Nair’s latest film The Reluctant Fundamentalist is all set to open the 69th Venice film festival this month end. Mira becomes the first Indian filmmaker to get this honour. Her film Monsoon Wedding won the Golden Lion for Best Film at the Venice Film Festival in 2001.
The Reluctant Fundamentalist is an adaptation of Mohsin Hamid’s bestselling novel by the same name. The film stars Kate Hudson, Kiefer Sutherland, Liev Schreiber and British actor Riz Ahmed. A significant part of the movie has been shot in India last year substituting several Pakistani locations with parts of Delhi.
Mohsin Hamid’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist was published in 2007.
The novel uses the technique of a frame story, which takes place during the course of a single evening in an outdoor Lahore cafe, where a bearded Pakistani man called Changez (the Urdu name for Genghis) tells a nervous American stranger about his love affair with an American woman, and his eventual abandonment of America.
The novel was shortlisted for the 2007 Booker Prize. It also won an Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and the South Bank Show Annual Award for Literature.