'The Reluctant Fundamentalist' Trailer: a Pakistani in Post 9-11 America (Video)
The trailer for director Mira Nair's drama The Reluctant Fundamentalist, has debuted online -- promising a nuanced look at a Pakistani man caught in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks.
"Looks can be deceiving, I am a lover of America although I was raised to feel very Pakistani," says Changez Kahn (Riz Ahmed) in the trailer. The clip opens with a journalist (Liev Schreiber) interviewing Kahn, a Pakistani professor, about the kidnapping of an American citizen.
Kahn then describes how he arrived in America and took a job on Wall Street (Kiefer Sutherland plays his boss), only to have his life change after the Twin Towers fell. Kate Hudson is also featured as a photographer who strikes up a relationship with Ahmed.
Mohsin Hamid, the author of the novel of the same name upon which the film is based, told The Hollywood Reporter in November that the film would eschew simple notions about Americans and Pakistanis.
"Very often in the news today we get a very simple story," he said. "America is good or America is bad, Pakistan is good or Pakistan is bad, India is good or India is bad. We [the filmmaking team] all feel that part of our job was to re-complicate what has been simplified and to show complexity in a story – in which one person is neither right nor wrong."
The film has set a U.S. release date of April 26.