Interview

Sit down with 'Blinded by the Light' director Gurinder Chadha

When he was a young man growing up in a small English town, Sarfraz Manzoor could not have predicted the incredible effect that the music of Bruce Springsteen would have on his life. Manzoor wrote about his experiences in a memoir which, with the full blessing of the Boss himself, is headed to the big screen this Friday! The movie version hails from director Gurinder Chadha (Bend It Like Beckham), who joined Manzoor and star Aaron Phagura for a look inside the film. Check out the exclusive interview in the player below!

Blinded by the Light offers 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 Manzoor’s acclaimed memoir “Greetings from Bury Park: Race, Religion and Rock N’ Roll,” “Blinded by the Light” features an adapted screenplay by Manzoor, Chadha and Paul Mayeda Berges.

Also starring are Kulvinder Ghir, Meera Ganatra, Nell Williams, Hayley Atwell and Dean-Charles Chapman.

A Warner Bros. Pictures release, Blinded by the Light hits theaters August 16.


Silas Lesnick is the Senior Editor of Moviebill. He has been covering entertainment news out of Los Angeles for more than a decade. You can reach him via e-mail or on Twitter.