BLINDED BY THE LIGHT REVIEW : BEAMING GLORY

BLINDED BY THE LIGHT REVIEW : BEAMING GLORY

The beginning Most of us have braved the ‘confused teen' phase! Aptly so, because life begins to transform dramatically as it delivers a man to a simple, yet a spellbinding mystery, called CHANGE! This is what I would more fittingly term as the ‘pupa phase', where the individual finds themselves with several things that could make or break them just before they emerge into a butterfly. In a nutshell, this is the time where one pine's for that unique underlying identity! Plotter's paradise Gurinder Chadha is hugely inspired by real-life stories that could simply touch one's life. This time she's picked on an interesting narrative written by Sarfarz Manzoor, from his book titled, ‘Greetings from Bury Park' (which is again is a real-life story). The narrative revolves around a Pakistani lad ‘Javed' (Vivek Kalra), who is caught in an identity crisis. He is born into a conservative Pakistani family, who very proudly resides in the elite vicinity of Luton Park. The story is premised on the mid-1980s, where Javed and his family endure the burden of racist means meted out by the Brits from time to time. This affects Javed, but in a manner that compels him to get up and fight back, rather than running away! Javed often finds companionship in Matt (Dean Charles Chapman), who protects him from these racist bigots. Javed's conservative patriarch Mr. Malik (Kulvinder Ghir), believes that he gives his family all the ‘freedom'. But while he toiled to make ends meet in a Vauxhall factory, the world around him changed hugely, and freedom acquired a whole new meaning! His eyes open, when he's laid off his job (recession). He's forced to rely on his wife's sewing abilities to support his family. The siblings, Javed, and Shazia (Nikita Mehta) get along well. They take to music to break away from the shackles of conservative ways imposed on them by their rather opinionated father. Roops (Arron Phagura) introduces Javed to Bruce Springsteen, a prominent singer from the '70s whose works leave a positive imprint on Javed's mind. Springsteen's lyrics are beyond the realms of romance. It takes a man on a journey to find oneself. The music helps Javed discover the writer in him! Ms. Clay (Harley Atwell) helps Javed write better by urging him to be more original. With practice he finds himself. Ms. Clay, also gets Javed to work at ‘Herald' (a prominent daily), giving him the recognition he deserves. But Mr. Malik is very against what Javed is up to. He just wants his son to educate himself to become a good businessman (or a gold-digger perhaps). Eliza hugely supports Javed, explaining to Javed's family what he is capable of! In a nutshell, its all about fighting towards your dream. Crew ‘Ed' up! Gurinder Chadha has not only directed the film, but has added to the production value, and also to the dialogues. The music is relatable a foot-tapping especially if you can grove to the retro beat. A.R. Rehman gives the original score. James Barclay and Jamal Daniel have worked wonders on the production, successfully transporting viewers to the '80s! Ben Smithard's photography could leave one pleasantly surprised at certain instances; especially when the highway becomes the metaphor for growth. Justin Krish has managed to keep the elements well in its spot with the postproduction. All in all, a perfect one-time must watch.

RATING 3/5


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