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For more than 40 years, Bruce Springsteen has gripped the hearts of starry-eyed working-class adolescents (and adults, let’s be honest).
Blinded by the Light, a new film from director Gurinder Chadha (who also directed Bend It Like Beckham), tells the true story of one young man carving out his future with The Boss's music playing in his ears. In 1987 in the industrial town of Luton, north of London, Pakistani-British teenager Javed (Viveik Kalra) secretly writes poetry against the instructions of his traditional parents. He dreams of doing just two things: kissing a girl and getting out of his small town.
That's when Bruce comes into his life. While he was singing of a different kind of dead-end town, Bruce's cassette tapes nonetheless whir in the headphones of Javed's Walkman and propel him into a future where he can build a bridge to his ambitions, not a wall between his family and himself.
Based on Greetings from Bury Park, the 2007 memoir by journalist, documentarian and broadcaster Sarfraz Manzoor, Blinded by the Light is the latest movie by Chadha, whose work on films like Bend it Like Beckham and Bride and Prejudice chronicles the experiences of South Asian people in Britain.
We’re giving away 50 double passes to an exclusive Broadsheet pre-release screening of Blinded by the Light, on at 7pm (arrival time 6.45pm) on October 21 at Palace Como. All you need to do is enter your details below to go into the draw. The competition closes on Friday 11 October.