Posted on April 27 2013
Based on the novel by Pakistani writer Mohsin Hamid, the film tells the story of two opposing ideologies - the "fundamentalism" of the capitalists and the terrorists - by a young Pakistani man chasing the American dream.
The film "not only gave me the opportunity to make the modern history of Pakistan, but also in his bones was a dialogue with the United States," Nair said in a telephone interview from New York.
"There's very little conversation between this part of the world and the world and especially post 9/11, that the conversation has become a monologue," he said.
She saw in "The Reluctant Fundamentalist" to "the possibility of creating a bridge, creating a dialogue."
Nair said he has tried "to make a film that questions who the other or that we feel like the other and do something that is not reductionist", where one is either a good guy or a bad guy and things are black or white.
In a complicated world "we are many things.'s Not just one thing - not just Indian or American or just this or that, but we are a combination of many identities, especially in this globalized world," he said.
It is what the film is approximated by the characters of the protagonist Changez Khan (Riz Ahmed) and Bobby (Liev Schreiber), an American journalist, who talks about his experiences in the U.S. in a tea house in Lahore and that, "and the worlds they live."
"I think our film is about mutual suspicion that these two worlds have each other," said Nair. "And in understanding why there is this suspicion, as we try to explain or show in the film."
"That might be enlightening as to the understanding of how this change can occur in an individual ... to bring men to an act of terror and see in Boston," said Nair.
"I have to be optimistic," he said, but his film was only "a first step, because we are still paying the price of the reaction, this quickly reach of the reactions I've seen happen in the country post 9/11. "
Delhi, which is a twin city of Lahore, doubled the Pakistani city of filming the tea house, college and all interiors. A second unit rolled through the streets of Lahore and exteriors for four days without the actors.
"No, we do not have that problem even creating horror Lahore in New Delhi," said the director.
"The first ray of inspiration" Nair had to make a film in Pakistan was in 2004 when he first visited Lahore, where his father had studied, and was "amazed by the kind of generosity and spirit of warmth and love "he received.
"The creative sparks I saw there - the music, the paintings - in every way, full of artistic expression that certainly never associated it with or knew about what we read in newspapers of Pakistan," said Nair.
Reading "wonderful novel" Mohsin in manuscript 18 months later, he realized that as the writer "I have lived half of my life in New York City and half of my life in the sub-continent and knew both worlds inside and some not. "
Al Nair finally set out to make "The Reluctant Fundamentalist" joked Mohsin if she was doing 'Monsoon Terrorist' "because I love music, I love naach, gaana, tamasha" said the creator of films like "Monsoon Wedding", " Mississippi Masala "and" The Namesake ".
In fact, "Music is a big part of my universe breath and modern music in Pakistan is incredibly inspiring" in his interpretation of the ancient traditional sources such as Qawwali and Ghazal said.
And the poems of the sub-continent revolutionary poet Faiz Ahmad Faiz "were a great pillar of why I made the film in the first place," said Nair who has used three of his poems - "Bol ki lab Azaad hain tere" "ARZ Suno Mori" and "Dil Ki Baat Jalane".
But did you ever feel that the treatment of the film was in danger of falling into territory 'light'? "It's my way," said Nair. "For me, music is a very important part of our way of life in the sub-continent and wanted to integrate that."
And "Yes, I do not want my films to be just as heavy, type of work at home, as a conference," she said, "I do films also take you on a journey that lifts you up, get you moving, maybe shocks You. But where, hopefully, you can see yourself. "
And Iyengar Yoga helps to "move on," said Nair, who begins shooting the day with an hour of yoga practice with the team and joining the cast, "but nobody is forced to" she said.
"So the players come and go. And it just sort of promoting a sense of strength and endurance, as well as the ego is left at the door, which is a wonderful thing to be working."