Blinded by the Light (2019 film)

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Blinded by the Light
Directed byGurinder Chadha
Produced by
  • Jane Barclay
  • Gurinder Chadha
  • Jamal Daniel
Written by
StarringViveik Kalra
Hayley Atwell
Rob Brydon
Kulvinder Ghir
Nell Williams
Dean-Charles Chapman
Aaron Phagura
Music byA.R. Rahman
CinematographyBen Smithard
Edited byJustin Krish
Distributed by
Release date
  • 27 January 2019 (2019-01-27) (Sundance)
  • 16 August 2019 (2019-08-16) (United Kingdom)
Running time
114 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
Budget$15 million[1]

Blinded by the Light is a 2019 British comedy-drama film directed by Gurinder Chadha. Inspired by the life of journalist Sarfraz Manzoor and his obsession with Bruce Springsteen, the film is set in Luton in 1987. Manzoor co-wrote the script.[2] It premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival[3] and will be released in the United Kingdom on 16 August 2019, by New Line Cinema.[4]


The official synopsis reads "Blinded by the Light tells the story of Javed (Viveik Kalra) a British teen of Pakistani descent, growing up in the town of Luton, England, in 1987. Amidst the racial and economic turmoil of the times, he writes poetry as a means to escape the intolerance of his hometown and the inflexibility of his traditional father. But when a classmate introduces him to the music of “the Boss,” Javed sees parallels to his working-class life in Springsteen’s powerful 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."



The film is scheduled to be released on 14 August 2019.[5]


On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 93% based on 27 reviews, with an average rating of 8.14/10.[6] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 71 out of 100, based on 9 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[7]

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  1. ^ Verhoeven, Beatrice; Williams, Trey (23 April 2019). "10 Riskiest, Priciest Summer Movie Gambles, From 'Dark Phoenix' to 'Detective Pikachu'". TheWrap. Retrieved 24 April 2019.
  2. ^ Lee, Benjamin (28 January 2019). "Blinded by the Light review – Bruce Springsteen inspires mawkish misfire". The Guardian. Retrieved 29 January 2019.
  3. ^ "Sundance Unveils Politics-Heavy Lineup Featuring Ocasio-Cortez Doc, Feinstein Drama". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  4. ^ "New Line Confirms $15M Deal For Bruce Springsteen-Infused 'Blinded By The Light'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 12 February 2019.
  5. ^ Warner Bros. Dates ‘Dune’ For November 2020 & More
  6. ^ "Blinded by the Light (2019)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango. Retrieved 24 April 2019.
  7. ^ "Blinded by the Light (2019) reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 24 April 2019.

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