Doha Film Institute Comes on Board for Mira Nair's the Reluctant Fundamentalist

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Doha Film Institute Comes on Board for Mira Nair's the Reluctant Fundamentalist


Riz Ahmed stars in the Mirabai-Cine Mosaic production, which starts shooting this week.

The Doha Film Institute has come on board as a financier for Mira Nair's The Reluctant Fundamentalist.

The film started shooting this week on location in Atlanta, New York, Lahore, Delhi and Istanbul for production companies Mirabai Films and Cine Mosaic.

Nair's longtime collaborator Lydia Dean Pilcher produces.

Riz Ahmed (Four Lions, Trishna) stars as Changez, a young Pakistani man who is a successful businessman on Wall Street, but whose outlook and attitude changes after September 11th. The story is adapted by Bill Wheeler, Mohsin Hamid, and Ami Boghani from Mohsin Hamid's bestselling novel of the same name.

The cast also features Kate Hudson, Liev Schreiber, Kiefer Sutherland, Nelsan Ellis, Martin Donovan, Om Puri, Shabana Azmi, Haluk Bilginer, and Meesha Shafi.

Her team includes cinematographer Declan Quinn, costume designer Arjun Bhasin, production designer Michael Carlin, and editor Shimit Amin. Doha will send a regional team (as interns, production staff or on-screen talent) to work on the production.

This is DFI's second financial involvement in a feature, following Jean-Jacques Annaud's Black Gold, which will world premiere in Doha later this month.

Nair said: "My father lived in Lahore before the partition of India and Pakistan. I am inspired to make a contemporary film about Pakistan, especially in this day and age when the perceived schism between Islamists and the Western World becomes more pronounced each day. …

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