WATCH: Gurinder Chadha's next film about an Asian lad who discovers Bruce Springsteen in the 80s
By Barfi Culture Team
19th May 2019

The writer and director Gurinder Chadha has unveiled the release date of her next movie, Blinded by the Light, in the UK.

The comedy-drama is inspired by writer Sarfraz Manzoor's memoir 'Greetings From Bury Park', and his obsession with Bruce Springsteen.

Set in Luton in 1987, during the time of Thatcher’s Britain, it is a coming-of-age story about a teenager who learns to live life, understand his family and find his own voice through the words and music of Bruce Springsteen.

The film made a big splash at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year.

How did the film come about? She told Variety magazine the story earlier:

"In 2010, Bruce was attending the premiere of his film 'The Promise' in London. I was invited. I took Sarfraz as my plus one. We stood on the red carpet, hoping to take photographs with him. As he walked down, he banana-ed and walked over to Sarfraz and said, 'Man, I read your book! It’s really beautiful'."

"Sarfraz started hyperventilating. And then I ran over and sort of seized the moment and said, 'Hi Bruce! My name is Gurinda. I’m a film director. We really want to make a film of the book.' He looked at Sarfraz and me and said, 'Sounds good. Talk to Jon Landau [his manager]'."

Directed by Gurinder Chadha (Bend it Like Beckham, Viceroy’s House)
Written by Sarfraz Manzoor, Gurinder Chadha and Paul Mayeda Berges

Viveik Kalra (Next of Kin, Beecham House)
Kulvinder Ghir (Bend it Like Beckham)
Meera Ganatra (PREMature)
Nell Williams (Game of Thrones)
Aaron Phagura (Doctor Who)
Dean Charles-Chapman (Game of Thrones, Breathe)
Hayley Atwell (Avengers: Endgame) and
Rob Brydon (Swimming with Men).

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