A unanimous choice of the Jury members, Mira Nair’s, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, out of numerous films, was awarded with the first Centenary Award. It was presented with a Silver Peacock, a certificate, and cash prize of Rs 10 lakh at the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) on December 1, 2012.
Based on the bestselling novel by Mohsin Hamid, the film was shot in multiple locations such Lahore, Istanbul, New York, Delhi, and Atlanta. It stars Kate Hudson, Kiefer Sutherland, Liev Schrieber, Riz Ahmed, Shabana Azmi, and Om Puri. A touching and engaging story, The Reluctant Fundamentalist revolves around a young man chasing his corporate success on Wall Street while getting himself conflicted between his American dream, a hostage crisis, and the enduring call of his family’s homeland post 9/11.
On this great achievement, director Mira Nair said,
“As a child of the hundred years of Indian cinema, and as its perpetual student, to be given this first Centenary Award is a huge honor. The Reluctant Fundamentalist is a global film, but its heartbeat is fierce desi. Shukhriya!”
Sanjeev Kumar Bijli, Joint MD comments,
“Together with our exhibition partners, we have built a unique, incremental distribution platform over the last 12 years at PVR Pictures. 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”
The Reluctant Fundamentalist was also the closing film that brought down the curtains at the 43rd International Film Festival of India, Goa. It’s slated for an April 2013 release in India. Urban Asian would like to congratulate the team on winning an award!