Identity and Springsteen Converge in the Trailer for ‘Blinded By the Light’

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Blinded by the Light Trailer

Bend It Like Beckham director Gurinder Chadha returns to cinemas this year with a new film inspired by the music of Bruce Springsteen with Blinded by the Light. Springsteen himself has given Chadha his blessing in using his ample catalog of hits for Blinded by the Light, which examines themes of identity for Javed (Viveik Kalra), a British teen of Pakistani heritage who finds himself enamored with the music of The Boss. Warner Bros. have unveiled the first trailer for Chadha’s film which is set to open in theaters on August 14, 2019.

Blinded by the Light is set in 1987 as Margaret Thatcher’s reign is fading and the nation is facing economic turmoil. Amidst the moment of national uncertainty, Javed discovers the music of Springsteen which then inspires him to follow his dreams of writing despite the protestations of his parents. Co-starring with Viveik Kalra in the film are Kulvinder Ghir, Meera Ganatra, Nell Williams, Aaron Phagura, Hayley Atwell, Dean-Charles Chapman, and Rob Brydon.

You are born to run to the theater where you can be dancing in the dark when Blinded by the Light opens in theaters on August 14, 2019.

The official synopsis for Blinded by the Light:

“Blinded by the Light” is a joyful story of courage, love, hope, family and the unique ability of music to lift the human spirit.  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.  But when a classmate 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.

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