A trailer has been shared for the forthcoming film Blinded by the Light. The movie is reported to be inspired by the music of Bruce Springsteen. The clip is streaming below.
The film, set in the late ’80s, tells the story a young Pakistani immigrant to Britain. Newly arrived Javed is faced with the challenges of identity, family responsibilities and his burning desire to be a writer. After Javed is played the music of The Boss by a friend, his life is totally changed.
In the clip below, we see the moment when Javed hears Springsteen for the first time. Watch the promo for Blinded by the Light below.
According to UCR, British journalist Sarfraz Manzoor’s memoir, Greetings From Bury Park forms the basis for this film.
Manzoor also collaborated on the screenplay with director Gurinder Chadha, (Bend It Like Beckham). Manzoor described his personal journey:
“In the music of Bruce Springsteen, I found both hope and wisdom on how I could transcend my circumstances and make my dreams to be a writer come true. The fact that I was so affected by Springsteen’s songs shows just how powerfully music can transcend race, religion, nationality and class.”
Blinded by the Light was a huge success when it was screened at the Sundance Film Festival in January.
Springsteen wasn’t in attendance but when he did get to see the film, he said to Chadha, “Thank you for looking after me so beautifully. Don’t change a thing; it’s perfect.”
Director Gurinder Chadha remembered that her first meeting with Springsteen was brief. “I quickly pitched [Springsteen] the film we wanted to make from the book on the red carpet, and to our excitement…”.
“Bruce nodded and said, ‘Sounds good, talk to Jon,’” she said. “We then spent several years developing a script we knew had to impress Springsteen and managers Jon Landau and Barbara Carr or there would be no film without his music and blessings.”
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