Blinded by the Light

Genre:  Comedy, Drama
Running Time:  118 min.
In theatres: August 16, 2019
DVD: November 19, 2019
Blu-ray: November 19, 2019

Current rating: Rating: 4.16
based on 64 votes and 26 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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  • 1 star "There is one reason a movie like this went to the big screen... it is weaponized and political. Anyone giving this movie a rating over half the stars was only capable of seeing the first level of this multi-level film. It has a message to the subconscious if the conscious mind is not aware enough to look deeper into the underlying message which is how the Mystery School Cult manipulates media. On the surface, if there were no religions in society, this movie could be rated as a 6 or 7 out of 10. But we live in a religious/political society and this was the reason for this movie’s creation in the first place. At the basis of mankinds religions we find in this movie the manipulative Mystery School Cult and the Hebrews. You will find the suppressing father of Javed Khan instructing him to do what the Jews do and even hang out with them at college. The father is Muslim and obviously did not read the second half of the Koran. The nice part of the Koran is the first half where Mohammad tries to fit in with the Jews with his new religion. But the Koran demands that if there are contradictions written into the book the Muslim must negate the prior idealism and replace it with the latter."
  • 3 stars "Bruce Springfield deserves better than this. Totally predicable "Happy Ending" flick."
  • 5 stars "I Loved this movie! Even the occasional Ballywoodish scenes were so much fun. The cast was great, the score impeccable and the timing for this storyline couldn't be more appropriate. Actually, anytime is appropriate. Just go see it!"