Gurinder Chadha's (Bhaji on the Beach, Bend It Like Beckham) upbeat comedy drama, is based on the memoir of journalist Sarfraz Manzoor.
Set in 1987 Luton: Javed (Viveik Kalra) is a disillusioned young British-Pakistani Muslim who, amidst the racial and economic turmoil of the times, writes poetry to escape his intolerant hometown and his inflexible father. But when a classmate introduces him to the music of Bruce Springsteen, he sees parallels to his working-class life in the 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.
Exuberant, evocative and charming, Blinded by the Light features a winning performance by Kalra backed by a wider ensemble cast that includes Rob Brydon, Hayley Atwell, Meera Syal and Sanjeev Bhaskar. With vivid musical sequences, it colourfully explores the profound impact that popular music can have – both inspiring your dreams and pushing you to realise them.
Viveik Kalra, Nell Williams, Hayley Atwell, Kulvinder Ghir