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Blinded By The Light trailer: Gurinder Chadha explores teenage angst in 1980s Britain set to the 'Boss' music

The film is based on the bestselling memoir, Greetings From Bury Park by Sarfraz Mansoor. 

Shriram Iyengar

A teenage boy fighting his own existence in a conservative Pakistani family in 1980s Britain finds liberation through the music of a rising renegade, Bruce Springsteen. Filmmaker Gurinder Chadha returns to the exploratory vision of teenage drama in her upcoming drama, Blinded By The Light. The film received rave reviews at its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival last month, leading to New Line Cinemas picking it up for distribution at $15 million. 

The trailer for the film dives into the life of Javed (Viveik Kalra), a teenager in 1980s Margaret Thatcher-ruled Britain. Born to an immigrant Pakistani family, Javed is struggling to fit in, with his conservative family on one side, and a classist Britain on the other. Struggling with his identity, the teenager turns to music, specifically rock music, as the mode of expression. The rise of Bruce 'The Boss' Springsteen, the voice of a working-class American touches a chord with the teenager who discovers his own potential for writing and poetry. 

The film is based on the bestselling memoir, Greetings From Bury Park by Sarfraz Mansoor. 

The trailer is a joyride through pop culture references of the 1980s with walkmans, posters, and denim jeans galore. Kalra seems a good pick with his balance of vulnerability and naive joy at the discovery of Springsteen's music. Chadha has previously explored a similar subculture through her film Bend It Like Beckham (2002). This one looks different with its more upbeat treatment, and perspective of a teenage boy. 

With music from AR Rahman added to the mix, this looks like an interesting feature to look forward to on 14 August.


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