From writer-director-producer Gurinder Chadha (“Bend It Like Beckham”) comes the inspirational drama “Blinded by the Light,” set to the music and lyrics of Bruce Springsteen’s timeless songs, a joyful story of courage, love, hope, family and the unique ability of music to lift the human spirit.
Inspired by a true story, based on Sarfraz Manzoor’s acclaimed memoir “Greetings from Bury Park: Race, Religion and Rock N’ Roll,” “Blinded by the Light” was directed by Chadha from a screenplay written by Manzoor, Chadha and Paul Mayeda Berges (“Bend It Like Beckham”). “Blinded by the Light” stars Viveik Kalra (TV’s “Next of Kin”), Kulvinder Ghir (“Bend It Like Beckham”), Meera Ganatra (“Three Dots and a Dash,” “PREMature”), Nell Williams (TV’s “Game of Thrones,” “The Audience”), Aaron Phagura (TV’s “Informer,” TV’s “Doctor Who”), Hayley Atwell (“Captain America: The First Avenger,” “The Duchess”) and Dean-Charles Chapman (TV’s “Game of Thrones,” “Man Up”).
The story is underscored by the music and poetic lyrics of Springsteen, who gave Chadha his blessing from the film’s inception.
Chadha, Jane Barclay and Jamal Daniel produced the film, with Tory Metzger, Renee Witt, Peter Touche, Stephen Spence, Hannah Leader, Tracy Nurse and Mayeda Berges serving as executive producers.
Chadha’s behind-the-scenes creative team included director of photography Ben Smithard, production designer Nick Ellis, editor Justin Krish and costume designer Annie Hardinge. The original score music is by A.R. Rahman.
“Blinded By The Light” will be available on Blu-ray and DVD. The Blu-ray features a Blu-ray disc with the film and special features in hi-definition, and a Digital version of the movie. The DVD features a DVD with the film and a special feature in standard definition, and a Digital version of the movie.
“Blinded By The Light” will also be available on Movies Anywhere. Using the free Movies Anywhere app and website, consumers can access all their eligible movies by connecting their Movies Anywhere account with their participating digital retailer accounts.
Fans can also own “Blinded By The Light” via purchase from digital retailers beginning October 22.
The film 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 (Kulvinder Ghir). But when a classmate (Aaron Phagura) introduces him to the music of Bruce Springsteen, Javed sees parallels to his working-class life in the 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.
“Blinded By The Light” DVD contains the following special feature:
· Memoir to Movie