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BLINDED BY THE LIGHT – A Fan’s Dream – Now Playing In Theaters

♪♪ – First day, start at
the top and stay there. If you want to succeed,
study hard. [chatter] Stay away from the girls! ♪ Don’t… ♪ – My name is
Sarfraz Manzoor and I wrote the book,
“Greetings from Bury Park” which is the inspiration for,
“Blinded by the light.” It’s a story about
my teenage years when I was lucky enough to
discover Bruce Springsteen, who’s lyrics inspired me to
pursue my dreams. – I want to be a writer
but my family is stuck in another century. – Writing isn’t a job,
I need you to do more. – I was always
interested in writing, it just didn’t
seem possible. – I’m really sorry.
Who’s that? – The boss.
– Who’s boss? – The boss of us all. ♪ Everybody’s got
a hungry heart… ♪ – I first met Sarfraz when
he had written and article about Bruce Springsteen in
the paper and I was like, “Wow, here’s another Asian
person who likes Springsteen, that’s really unusual.” – Tell me about the boss. What does he know
about our world? – Bruce, the direct mind to all
this true in this shitty world. – It was Springsteen that
affected why I do what I do. So, I wanted to write a book
which was a tribute to the power of his
music and how it can change somebody’s life. Better in mind,
that was in 2007. – He showed me a very
early copy of it and I said, “This is great.” “This isn’t a movie
cause it’s a memoir but I know how to
turn it into a movie.” ♪ I’m just living in
a dump like this… ♪ – I could feel it
all right here. It’s like Bruce knows
everything I’ve ever felt. – I said, “There’s
no way this film is going to happen without,
Bruce Springsteen’s blessing.” As luck would have it, I was
invited to the premiere of, “The Promise” and
Bruce was coming. – Rather than
inviting her husband, we were both there together. – As he approached,
he saw Sarfraz and there aren’t many Pakistanis
with afros in the front row of Bruce concerts. He recognized him
and he walks over. – How you doing? – The book was really beautiful.
– Thank you. – We should have
a chat about it. I wanna make a film of it. – Okay.
– And I’m the director. [chatter] Your kids really love my movie.
– They do. – The next thing we had to
do was write a script that Bruce would like. – This was 5 years, from 2012. – After the script
went off to Bruce, it was very nerve-racking
because we didn’t know if he even remember us. – I get phone call and
its Gurinder and she said, “We just heard from, Bruce.”
“What did he say?” – He said,
“I’m good with this, go for it”” ♪♪ – It’s like the most crazy
thing in the world to have somebody who’s music utterly
defined and shaped you. Tell you that he has spent
time reading your story. – When you hear the
music that speaks to you, it makes your life change. – My poems,
they’re not brilliant, but their mine. – This a crazy dream. In my head I was thinking,
kid from a Pakistani background. Loves an unlikely hero,
helps change his life… a sort of thing
could possibly make a film and then we actually did it. ♪♪ – The story of,
“Blinded by the light” is to say dreams
can come true. – It’s about hope and
how do we change our lives for the better. ♪ Cause tramps like us ♪ ♪ Baby we were born to run ♪ – Bruce sings about not
letting the hardness of the world stop you from letting
the best of you slip away. – Purpose of your visit? – I’m going to see Bruce
Springsteen’s home town. – I can’t think of
a better reason to visit the United States and to see
the home of “The Boss.” ♪♪


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  2. Batt Man Author

    Lol we need a modern Pakistani tale from bury park with the drug dealers and gangs in Luton modern day. These ends are crazy I live near bury park and a few guys I’ve known have been stabbed to death or shot. It’s kill or be Killed out here.

  3. rosalita sandy Author

    Bruce songs make a real difference in the lives of his fans giving (at least) more strength and joy at any time and in any circumstance and everywhere (Bruce songs resonate/touch the lives internationally). He is a source of great and positive inspiration. Thank you Bruce. Thank you Gurinder and Sarfraz to share this experience.

  4. Patricia Sullivan Author

    Even though I'm an 'old woman' now, I MUST see this film. I've just read Sarfraz Manzoor's article in the Telegraph Magazine and rushed to my desktop to find out more about it.Such an amazing story. Bruce Springsteen played a concert in Ireland at Slane Castle in 1985. It was a sell out. He loved Ireland and the Irish loved him.

  5. sajidkhanmahmood Author

    Amazing movie well written and acted i read the book 10 years ago and still have it. There was a discrepancy in the film in the scene where Javed attends a daytimers disco with his sister. I used to go to the daytimers discos and although the music is accurate the dancing style was a not correct.

  6. gavrilo pricip Author

    WTF? is Indian guys getting infatuated with shitty classic pop rock a whole actual genre in movies now ????? first "Yesterday" now this ???? …..really whats next a guy named Jaggy Sing into REO speed Wagon ?


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