Gurinder Chadha’s new film ‘Blinded by the light’ in cinemas from October 24

Javed (Viveik Kalra) is a Pakistani teenager who experiences racial and economic turmoil while living in Luton, England, in 1987. He writes poetry as a way to escape the intolerance of his hometown and the stubborn views of his traditional father. When a classmate and a new friend, turbaned Sikh Roops (Aaron Phagura) introduces him to the music of Bruce Springsteeen, Javed sees parallels between the singer’s powerful lyrics and his own working-class environment. Springsteen’s melodies soon inspire Javed to find his own voice and follow his dreams. The film is a coming-of-age tale about the escape route that music can provide for a suburban teenager, unfolding  a series of Springsteen-soundtracked set pieces. Gurinder Chadha uses music as the unifying power from the lens of multicultural British Asian youth and their clash about their identity with the

Javed (Viveik Kalra) is a Pakistani teenager who experiences racial and economic turmoil while living in Luton, England, in 1987. He writes poetry as a way to escape the intolerance of his hometown and the stubborn views of his traditional father. When a classmate and a new friend, turbaned Sikh Roops (Aaron Phagura) introduces him to the music of Bruce Springsteeen, Javed sees parallels between the singer’s powerful lyrics and his own working-class environment. Springsteen’s melodies soon inspire Javed to find his own voice and follow his dreams. The film is a coming-of-age tale about the escape route that music can provide for a suburban teenager, unfolding  a series of Springsteen-soundtracked set pieces. Gurinder Chadha uses music as the unifying power from the lens of multicultural British Asian youth and their clash about their identity with the older generation, in this case Jay’s relationship with his conservative father when he says ‘I thought I was British’.

Gurinder Chadha wrote the script with her husband Paul Mayeda-Burges and Sarfaraz Manzoor, a Bruce Springstein fan, who wrote his memoir in ‘Blinded by the light’, of a kid from the mean streets of Luton in Thatcheristic era of 1987, the racism, the anti-immigrant nationalism and the bullying and caught between a father who works like a slave, Javed tries to write the lyrics. In this journey, Javed discovers a teacher, Ms. Clay (Hayley Atwell), who inspires without condescending to him. In Eliza (Nell Williams), he finds a girl to set his pulse racing and share his dreams. Javed, Roops, and Eliza literally dance in the streets with Springsteen lyrics popping up on screen to create a rock fantasia that also stands as a rebuke to the racism. 

Gurinder Chadha wrote the script with her husband Paul Mayeda-Burges and Sarfaraz Manzoor, a Bruce Springstein fan, who wrote his memoir in ‘Blinded by the light’, of a kid from the mean streets of Luton in Thatcheristic era of 1987, the racism, the anti-immigrant nationalism and the bullying and caught between a father who works like a slave, Javed tries to write the lyrics. In this journey, Javed discovers a teacher, Ms. Clay (Hayley Atwell), who inspires without condescending to him. In Eliza (Nell Williams), he finds a girl to set his pulse racing and share his dreams. Javed, Roops, and Eliza literally dance in the streets with Springsteen lyrics popping up on screen to create a rock fantasia that also stands as a rebuke to the racism. 

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