Blinded by the Light

BBFC 12A Certificate

(2019) 117 mins

Director: Gurinder Chadha
Writers: Paul Mayeda Burges, Gurinder Chadha
Cinematography: Ben Smithard
Production Design: Nick Ellis
Music: A R Rahman



The story of Javed (Viveik Kalra), a British teen of Pakistani descent, growing up in Luton in 1987. Amidst the racial and economic turmoil of the times, he writes poetry as a means to escape the intolerance of his hometown and the inflexibility of his traditional father.  But when his classmate Roops (Aaron Phagura) introduces him to the music of “The Boss,” Javed sees parallels to his working-class life in Springsteen’s powerful lyrics. As Javed discovers a cathartic outlet for his own pent-up dreams, he also begins to find the courage to express himself in his own unique voice.  Based on the best-selling book by Sarfraz Manzoor, directed by Bend It Like Beckham’s Gurinder Chadha, this rousing film has universal appeal for all audiences—young and old alike. Using Bruce Springsteen’s music as a foundation, this film is for anyone who felt like they don’t belong and then dared to dream!

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You’ll recognize many aspects of this true story from other coming-of-age films. We’ve seen practical dads who disapprove of passionate pursuits before, and quiet guys finally getting the girl. But Chadha just does it better. More magically. She’s also found a miracle in Kalra.  A relative newcomer with only a few credits, the actor has off-the-charts likability with the chops to match. Javed and Springsteen are the souls of this movie, and it’s a testament to Kalra’s ability and positive energy that he grabs our hearts as much as the Boss’ music does. This film will make him a star.”  New York Post

“A Technicolor ode to the power of music so deeply tender and heartfelt that it disarms even the most misanthropic critic’s instincts.”  Entertainment Weekly

Kalra’s star-making performance gets you to root for him instantly.”

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