Blinded by the Light

Genre:  Comedy, Drama
Running Time:  118 min.
In theatres: August 16, 2019

Current rating: Rating: 4.00
based on 18 votes and 8 reviews
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Cast: Viveik Kalra, Kulvinder Ghir, Meera Ganatra, Nell Williams, Aaron Phagura, Dean-Charles Chapman, Hayley Atwell


In 1987, Margaret Thatcher is the Prime Minister of Great Britain and Javed (Viveik Kalra), a British teenager of Pakistani descent, is growing up in the town of Luton, England. He experiences much intolerence in his hometown, while being brought up by an inflexible, traditional father who doesn't understand Javed's dreams.

When a Sikh classmate named Roops (Aaron Phagura) hands him two Bruce Springsteen cassettes, he is fully immersed into the music of Springsteen. He sees parallels between what the Boss is singing and his own life in a working-class town. A poetry writer himself, Javed begins to find the courage to express himself more fully and stands up to his parents. He also decides to fly to America to see Springsteen's hometown along with his friend Roops.

Set to the music and lyrics of Bruce Springsteen’s timeless songs, Blinded by the Light is a story about courage, love, hope, family and how music has the ability to lift the human spirit. The film is inspired by a true story, based on Sarfraz Manzoor’s acclaimed memoir Greetings from Bury Park: Race, Religion and Rock N’ Roll.

Director: Gurinder Chadha
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
Producer(s): Gurinder Chadha
Screenplay: Sarfraz Manzoor, Gurinder Chadha, Paul Mayeda Berges
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  • 2 stars "It was like a musical, I did not love this movie."
  • 1 star "I am a huge Bruce Springsteen fan. This movie is a juvenile and cringeworthy “tribute”. I couldn’t take it any more about half way in and left, along with my 2 adult children who sadly said they liked Springsteen a little less after suffering through an hour of the movie. If you want to see a great film about kids escaping their dreary lives through the power of music, watch Sing Street. Same theme, same era, done infinitely better."
  • 5 stars "This was an all around good movie. Acting was superb. Loved the fact that it was based on a true story of the life of Sarfraz Manzoor and how he was inspired by Bruce!"