A blindingly good tale

A blindingly good tale

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Eliza (Nell Williams) Javed (Viveik Kalra) and Roops (Aaron Phagura) become the best of friends in the 2019 flick Blinded by the Light.

A fun-loving musical celebrating some of the classics of the great Bruce Springsteen also explores some real truths of what it was like to be a Pakistani living in England in the 1980s. 

Inspired by a true story, Blinded by the Light explores the journey of a young 16-year-old Pakistani boy named Javed (Viveik Kalra) who is living with his family in the industrial city of Luton in the south east of England. 

Like most other coming-of-age stories, all Javed wants to do is live each day as a normal teenager, getting to know girls and having the freedom of going to parties. 

However, this is not in the best interests of his strict Pakistani father Malik (Kulvinder Ghir) who believes Javed must work to help support the family and will be married into a life with a Pakistani woman. 

A chance encounter with a student at school by the name of Roops (Aaron Phagura) changes Javed’s outlook on life as he is introduced to the music of Bruce Springsteen. 

The lyrics to some of Springsteen’s classics such as Born to Run, Prove it All Night and of course Blinded by the Light, resonate with Javed and his world is changed forever.

This musical comedy is guaranteed to have you tapping your fingers and toes as the tunes of the great man blast through the cinema’s speakers. 

However, there are also several scenes that will bring you crashing back to reality as subjects of unemployment, poverty and racism are explored. 

Blinded by the Light is a real classic right to the end and a must watch for anyone who relishes a feel good drama. 

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars 

Rated: PG 

Distributor: Universal Pictures 

Release date: In cinemas from October 24 

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