4 Aug 2019

Gurinder Chadha on tale behind new film ‘Blinded by the Light’

Now you might not automatically link Bruce Springsteen with Luton. But a new film, Blinded By the Light, tells the story of a young boy from Pakistan who grew up in 1980s Luton obsessed with the music and lyrics of the Boss.

It’s based on the journalist Sarfraz Manzoor’s memoir – Greetings from Bury Park. Directed by Gurinder Chadha, best known for Bend it Like Beckham it’s managed to win the backing of Springsteen himself. Krishnan Guru Murthy has been to speak to Gurinder and Sarfraz to find out why a boy from Luton fell for Springsteen in the first place.