Indian British moviemaker Gurinder Chadha who already made Bend It Like Beckham in 2002 will release in September her latest movie, Blinded by the Light, a movie inspired by a true story at the crossroad between comedy, drama and biopic (of an illustrious unknown person!).
Blinded by the Light – said to be out on September 11, 2019 – stars actor Viveik Kalra as Javed, a Bruce Springsteen fan. The Boss’s music is featured all along the movie. Viveik Kalra plays opposite Dean-Charles Chapman (The Passenger, Game of Thrones…) and Rob Brydon (The Huntsman: Winter’s War, Cinderella, Shaun of the Dead…).
England, 1987. Pakistani teenager Javed (Viveik Lakra) lives in Luton, a small city in the London neighborhood that is spared no difficult social climate (unemployment, racism…). He takes refuge in writing to escape racism and the preordained destiny his very conservative father has for him. His life will change the day one of his classmates makes him discover Bruce Springsteen’s universe. Struck by the lyrics of the Boss’s song, exactly describing how he feels, Javed will have to lean how to understand his family and find his own path…
Inspired by the true story of this Bruce Springsteen fan who saw the Boss live over 150 times, “Blinded by the Light” is first and foremost a feel-good movie.
Moviemaker and co-scriptwriter uses Springsteen’s music and texts – the Boss having released his latest studio album Western Stars on June 14 – to highlight the different moments of the story of the movie.
Once Javed discovered Springsteen’s music thanks to his friend Sikh, the Boss’s song will accompany the movie. From “Dancing in the Dark” highlighting a storm, to “Promised Land” – of which Javed says the lyrics perfectly sum up his story – to the famous “Born to Run” playing several times (like the previous one), especially when the teens run away, without forgetting “Hungry Heart” or even “Thunder Road”, the greatest songs are here. And cowritten with singer Patti Smith, “Because The Night” is used for a scene in a night club and the extract is definitely too short.
Blinded by the Light depicts England in the 80’s, during the Cold War and under the Thatcher government including the racism against migrants from Pakistan. And it’s not without making us thinks about Freddie Mercury’s story as performed in the movie Bohemian Rhapsody, Mercury being born in Zanzibar.
Almost like a sing along, Gurinder Chadha chose to show the lyrics on screen.
If Springsteen’s music is essential in Blinded by the Light, the soundtrack features other music and references such as “Who wants to life forever” by Queen that Javed’s literature teacher quotes.
Blinded by the Light will delight fans of Bruce Springsteen. But you don’t have to know The Boss’s work perfectly to enjoy the movie targeting a large audience even though it has a certain advantage.