Gurinder Chadha and Sarfraz Manzoor on ‘Blinded by the Light’

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Journalist Sarfraz Manzoor and filmmaker Gurinder Chadha at KCRW. Photo by Amy Ta.

When ‘Bend It Like Beckham’ filmmaker Gurinder Chadha set out to make a movie based on journalist Sarfraz Manzoor’s coming-of-age memoir about the profound effect of Bruce Springsteen music on his life, she had one small problem. The movie couldn’t work without Springsteen’s songs. So when Chadha and Manzoor had the opportunity for a few seconds of face time with The Boss on a red carpet, they took their shot. Chadha and Manzoor tell us about the unplanned pitch that set in motion their new movie ‘Blinded by the Light,’ which includes no fewer than 19 Springsteen songs.



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