Blinded by the Light

Blinded by the Light

2019 film
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Blinded by the Light

Blinded by the Light is a 2019 British comedy-drama film directed by Gurinder Chadha, inspired by the life of journalist Sarfraz Manzoor and his love of the works of Bruce Springsteen. Manzoor co-wrote the script, with Chadha and Paul Mayeda Berges. It is based on Manzoor's memoir Greetings from Bury Park: Race, Religion and Rock N’ Roll. Set in the town of Luton in 1987 Thatcherite Britain, the film tells the coming-of-age story of Javed, a British-Pakistani Muslim teenager whose life is changed after he discovers the music of Springsteen. Viveik Kalra stars in the lead role, along with Hayley Atwell, Rob Brydon, Kulvinder Ghir and Nell Williams in supporting roles.

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Produced by
  • Jane Barclay
  • Gurinder Chadha
  • Jamal Daniel
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Based on
Greetings from Bury Park: Race, Religion and Rock N’ Roll
by Sarfraz Manzoor
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Cinematography
Ben Smithard
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Justin Krish
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Release date
  • 27 January 2019 (2019-01-27) (Sundance)
  • 9 August 2019 (2019-08-09) (United Kingdom)
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Running time
117 minutes
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Country
United Kingdom
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English
Urdu
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Budget
$15 million
Box office
$18.02 million

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Malik: Listen to me, beta. I'm not your typical Pakistani father who says you must be a doctor. I'm saying... lawyer, accountant, estate agent. I'm giving you freedom, see?
  • The song Blinded by the Light was originally written and recorded by Bruce Springsteen for his debut album Greetings from Asbury Park N.J. (1973). Springsteen himself states that the most important lyric of the song is the final line: "Mama told me not to look into the sights of the sun, but mama that's where the fun is."
  • The movies is inspired by the life of journalist Sarfraz Manzoor and his love of the works of Bruce Springsteen. It is based on Manzoor's memoir Greetings from Bury Park: Race, Religion and Rock N' Roll.
  • Rob Brydon, who plays Matt's Dad, is a Bruce Springsteen fan in real life and in January 2018 surprised regulars at the Half Moon in Putney by singing a version of Thunder Road with singer-songwriter Martyn Joseph.
  • Movie title comes from Springsteen's song Blinded by the Light which was made famous by Manfred Mann's Earth Band
  • Filmed in many locations in and around Luton in the Home Counties UK

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