How Sarfraz Manzoor's love for Bruce Springsteen's music inspired "Blinded by the Light"

CBS NewsFor Sarfraz Manzoor, the music of Bruce Springsteen is a lifelong passion. He first fell in love with "The Boss" while growing up in working-class England, and now, his story is the basis for his new movie "Blinded by the Light," in which a Pakistani teen from ...

August 17th 2019


How 'Blinded by the Light' finds common ground between Bruce Springsteen and a Pakistani-British teenager

Washington PostHer latest, “Blinded by the Light,” pulls from a memoir written by a friend, English journalist Sarfraz Manzoor, who was raised by Pakistani immigrants in Luton, a working-class town north of London. The film's protagonist, Javed (Viveik Kalra), struggles to ...

August 17th 2019


Blinded by the Light: This exuberant Bruce Springsteen musical wouldn't exist without Brexit

CNET"It's about Bruce. If you're a Bruce fan you'll see something different. And if not, you like it. You'll love it. You might become a [Bruce] fan as a result of the film." That's author Sarfraz Manzoor talking about the film Blinded By The Light which is based on his ...

August 17th 2019


How 'Blinded by the Light' Brought Bruce Springsteen's Music to the Screen for a Song

VarietyBlinded by the Light co-writer/director Gurinder Chadha knows firsthand what it feels like to be an outsider. Born in Kenya when the country was a British colony, she grew up part of the Indian/Asian diaspora who made their way from East Africa to London.

August 17th 2019


The Hero Worship of That New Springsteen Movie Knows No Limits

PitchforkBlinded by the Light should probably have been called Badlands, because it embodies the song's key lyric: “It ain't no sin to be glad you're alive.” The film, which was adapted by screenwriter and director Gurinder Chadha (Bend It Like Beckham), gleefully ...

August 16th 2019


How Bruce Springsteen Musical 'Blinded by the Light' Makes Corniness Feel Cool Again

IndieWireDays before last January's rapturous Sundance premiere of “Blinded by the Light,” director Gurinder Chadha was struggling with her decision to cut the best scene in the entire film. “It's just not going to work,” she remembered thinking. “It's too fucking corny.

August 16th 2019


'Blinded by the Light' sets uplifting coming-of-age tale to Bruce Springsteen songs

CNN(CNN) Anyone who has sung along to a Bruce Springsteen song will find a lot to like in "Blinded by the Light." But director/co-writer Gurinder Chadha ("Bend It Like Beckham") has much more on her mind in this uplifting tale, which offers a timeless and ...

August 16th 2019


Blinded by the Light: This inspiring Bruce Springsteen musical wouldn't exist without Brexit

CNETBlinded By The Light takes place in 1987 in Luton, England (think Milwaukee or Detroit in the US). Times are financially and politically hard with many people out of work and neo-facism on the rise. In the middle of all this is Javed (played by Viveik Kalra), ...

August 16th 2019


In Bruce Springsteen We Trust: 'Blinded By The Light' Preaches The Gospel Of The Boss

WBURGiven all this, one would assume that I'm the ideal audience for “Blinded by the Light,” director Gurinder Chadha's strenuously crowd-pleasing chronicle of a second-generation Pakistani teen whose obsession with Springsteen helps him find his voice during ...

August 13th 2019


Blinded by the Light (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

PitchforkThese scenes of racial discord anchor Blinded By the Light, offering a reminder that the movie isn't entirely fiction. It's a cinematic adaptation of Greetings From Bury Park, the 2007 memoir from Sarfraz Manzoor, a British journalist and documentarian, and its ...

August 13th 2019


How 'Blinded by the Light' writer got Springsteen's attention

New York PostAnd the result, all these years later, is the film “Blinded by the Light,” in theaters Friday. “My best friend, Amolak, gave me tapes of Bruce's live boxed set,” Manzoor, 48, tells The Post. “The intro to 'The River' is just him talking about growing up and going at it ...

August 13th 2019


Blinded By The Light's Gurinder Chadha on Sikhs and Springsteen

The A.V. ClubAs the director of Bend It Like Beckham, Gurinder Chadha is no stranger to making quirky but inspirational films. That's a trend she continues with Blinded By The Light, which finds a British-Pakistani kid struggling to find himself in late '80s England. He does ...

August 12th 2019


'Blinded by the Light': Good times in the 'Badlands'

Houston ChronicleThere's a scene in “Blinded by the Light,” the film opening Friday based on a true story about a young Pakistani immigrant in '80s England who becomes obsessed with Bruce Springsteen, in which it lays all of its biases bare. Javed (Viveik Kaira), a high ...

August 12th 2019