The Reluctant Fundamentalist★★★ 10.40pm-12.40am BBC2
Based on the 2007 novel of the same name by Mohsin Hamid, The Reluctant Fundamentalist became a film in the sure hands of Mississippi Masala and Monsoon Wedding director Mira Nair in 2012. In that time, the pertinence of the issues it raises – Muslim identity in a non-Muslim country, the insidious lure of jihad particularly to young, disenfranchised males – had only heightened. Riz Ahmed is quietly compelling as a Pakistani-born, Princeton-educated Wall Street valuation clerk whose life is turned upside down after 9/11 and he is wrongly targeted as a potential terrorist. Disenchanted, he moves back to Lahore and his formerly benign view of America is poisoned. The stakes get even higher from there. Kate Hudson and Liev Schreiber are convincing as his New York girlfriend and a US agent in Pakistan, and Om Puri typically wise as Ahmed’s father. Nair maps the changes in location and political outlook with skill, and there is much food for thought.
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