The Reluctant Fundamentalist S/T

In her new film, “The Reluctant Fundamentalist,” Mira Nair, worked with American composer Michael Andrews on the original score, and then layered the film’s soundtrack with traditional Pakistani songs, Urdu poetry set to music, cutting-edge Pakistani pop, funk and rap, and vocals from Amy Ray of The Indigo Girls.

The music of “The Reluctant Fundamentalist,” represents the intertwining of old and new, of ancient and modern, which is a major theme of the movie. “Kangna,” the opening title sequence of the film, is devotional Sufi music performed by a family of 12 renowned Pakistani Qawwali singers, led by brothers Fareed Ayaz and Abu Mohammed, from Karachi.

Mira Nair also pursued the poems of the Pakistani poet laureate Faiz Ahmed Faiz, which have become the heart of many songs in the film. In her travels to Pakistan, Mira met Atif Aslam, one of the nation’s biggest pop stars. Aslam sings in Urdu on “Mori Araj Suno,” and the Los Angeles-based Andrews created the overlay of contemporary funk. Nair cast the popular Pakistani singer, Meesha Shafi, to play the role of Changez’s sister in film, who sings, “Bijli Aaye Ya Na Aaye.”
Nair notes that music is a huge part of her breathing universe and there was a huge world in this movie to explore through music.

 

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The Reluctant Fundamentalist OST

The Reluctant Fundamentalist Soundtrack

Released:
April 30, 2013
Digital

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  • The Reluctant Fundamentalist OST

    April 30, 2013

    Digital