BLINDED BY THE LIGHT IS the story of Javed (Viveik Kalra) a British teen of Pakistani descent, growing up in the town of Luton, England, 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 a classmate 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 Sarfraz Manzoor’s acclaimed memoir Greetings from Bury Park, BLINDED BY THE LIGHT is a joyful story of courage, love, hope, family and the unique ability of music to lift the human spirit.
PG-13, 118 min.
"An incandescent ode to the life force of pop music." - Variety
"This infectiously charming comedy will leave you humming Springsteen tunes for days -- and cheering when its earnest main character starts living the life he really wants." - Common Sense Media
"Gurinder Chadha’s coming-of-age drama transmutes the raw feeling of Bruce Springsteen’s music into another kind of feeling, no less raw but leavened by giddy excitement that culminates in joy." - Wall Street Journal
"Blinded by the Light is steeped in meaning, and its social turbulence feels undeniably relevant." - Firstpost
"Warm, funny and humane, this ode to Bruce Springsteen and belonging isn't content merely to revel in the music of the Boss, although it does, with vibrant, vicarious exhilaration." - Washington Post