From writer/director/producer Gurinder Chadha (“Bend It Like Beckham”) comes the
inspirational drama “Blinded by the Light,” set to the music and lyrics of Bruce Springsteen’s
“Blinded by the Light” is a joyful story of courage, love, hope, family and the unique
ability of music to lift the human spirit. The film tells 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 Bruce Springsteen, Javed sees parallels to his working-class
life in the 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.
Inspired by a true story, based on Sarfraz Manzoor’s acclaimed memoir Greetings
from Bury Park: Race, Religion and Rock N’ Roll, “Blinded by the Light” was directed by
Gurinder Chadha from a screenplay written by Manzoor, Chadha and Paul Mayeda Berges.
“Blinded by the Light” stars Viveik Kalra, Kulvinder Ghir, Meera Ganatra, Nell Williams,
Aaron Phagura, Hayley Atwell and Dean-Charles Chapman.
The story is underscored by the music and poetic lyrics of Springsteen, who gave
Chadha his blessing from the film’s inception.
Gurinder Chadha, Jane Barclay and Jamal Daniel produced the film, with Tory
Metzger, Renee Witt, Peter Touche, Stephen Spence, Hannah Leader, Tracy Nurse, and
Paul Mayeda Berges serving as executive producers.
Chadha’s behind-the-scenes creative team included director of photography Ben
Smithard, production designer Nick Ellis, editor Justin Krish, and costume designer Annie
Hardinge. The original score music is by A.R. Rahman.
New Line Cinema presents, in association with Levantine Films and Ingenious Media,
a Bend It Films Production, a Gurinder Chadha Film, “Blinded by the Light.” The film is slated
for release on August 14, 2019 and will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures.