Springsteen Fan Event: Blinded By The Light

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Synopsis

Javed is a British teen of Pakistani descent growing up in 1987 England. 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 an outlet for his own pent-up dreams, he also begins to express himself in his own voice. This premiere event will feature a live special feature that will accompany the film.

Cast

  • Billy Barratt
  • Ronak Singh Chadha Berges
  • Viveik Kalra
  • Lee Barnett
  • Dean-Charles Chapman
  • Kit Reeve
  • David Hayman
  • Kulvinder Ghir
  • Nikita Mehta
  • Rob Brydon

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Trivia

  • Filmed in many locations in and around Luton in the Home Counties, UK.
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Goofs

  • The American flags hanging on the airport walls are displayed incorrectly. When displayed vertically against a wall, the union (blue field) should be uppermost and to the flag's right, that is, the observer's left.
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Quotes

    • Malik: Stay away from the girls. Follow the Jews!
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This was awesome! The behind the scenes could have had a bit more heft, IMHO. BUT SO AWESOME!

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Metacritic

80
Aug 13, 2019

The heart of the film is the father-son bond, but Chadha, a filmmaker long preoccupied with the inner lives of Desi-British girls and women, also gives Javed’s sister (Nikita Mehta) a lovely reveal. If a couple of segments droop in their strict adherence to Manzoor’s biography, it’s certainly forgivable. This movie won’t blind anyone with its innovation, but it’s got plenty to dazzle and delight.

Metacritic review by Inkoo Kang
Inkoo Kang
Slate
70
Jan 30, 2019

Light is just as faithful to formula as Bend It Like Beckham and just as reliant on its lead's likability; here, newcomer Viveik Kalra radiates enough guileless enthusiasm to carry viewers past the film's rough patches.

Metacritic review by John DeFore
John DeFore
The Hollywood Reporter
70
Jan 30, 2019

While this flimsy coming-of-age drama over-relies on the Boss’s greatest hits for its emotional high points, this remains a likeable and touching story about finding your own voice.

Tim Grierson
Screen Daily