Blinded by the Light trailer: A young boy finds inspiration through Bruce Springsteen in 80s England
Gurinder Chadha remains one of only a few British Asian directors (Sarmad Masud is another) giving voice to southern Asian culture on these isles. In general terms, the UK film industry has a pretty disgraceful record when it comes to depicting non-white cultures in this country. When you think about how many films incorporating Asian life in the UK have been made since Chadha's Bend it Like Beckham in 2002 you soon realise the lack of opportunities made available for non-white filmmakers over here.
Blinded by the Light follows up from Chadha's engrossing India partition drama, Viceroy's House. Like Bend it Like Beckham, it gives us an insight on life for second generation Asian children, and is set during the 80s when overt racism was at its peak in the UK (overt being the key word here). Judging by the trailer, it follows a similar arc to Chadha's 2002 film, as the young protagonist struggles with his love for western music against the expectations of his family. Check out the trailer for Blinded by the Light above to see more
1987. When music fanatic Javed discovers the illustrious back catalogue of The Boss his world is turned upside down; already a creative soul his passion for music and writing is set alight by the songs of the working-class poet, whose lyrics feel all too familiar to the aspirational teenager. Yearning to escape his rundown hometown and the rules of his traditional Pakistani household, Javed finds himself caught in between two worlds and must discover if he too is Born to Run…
Gurinder Chadha (Bend It Like Beckham, Viceroy’s House) directs, with the cast starring Viveik Kalra, Kulvinder Ghir, Aaron Phagura, Hayley Atwell and Rob Brydon.
Blinded by the Light opens in UK cinemas on August 9 and US theatres on August 14.