Mira Nair's, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, a unanimous choice of the Jury members, was awarded the first Centenary Award and presented a Silver Peacock, a certificate and a cash prize of Rs 10 lakh at this year's International Film Festival of India (IFFI).
The Reluctant Fundamentalist, was also the closing film that brought down the curtains at the 43rd International Film Festival of India, Goa.
The Reluctant Fundamentalist is a touching and engaging story of a young man chasing corporate success on Wall Street.
Post September 2011 tragedy in America, he finds himself embroiled in a conflict between his American Dream, a hostage crisis, and the enduring call of his family´s homeland.
It is based on the bestselling novel by Mohsin Hamid.
The film was shot in Lahore, Istanbul, New York, Atlanta, Delhi and stars Kate Hudson, Kiefer Sutherland, Liev Schrieber, Riz Ahmed, Shabana Azmi and Om Puri.
Commenting on the 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 honour. The Reluctant Fundamentalist is a global film, but its heartbeat is fierce desi. Shukhriya!"
Sanjeev Kumar Bijli, Joint MD, PVR Limited, said: "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 is slated for an April 2013 release in India.