London: British Indian filmmaker Gurinder Chadha’s new film set in 1980s England against the backdrop of popular American singer-songwriter Bruce Springsteen’s songs will hit cinemas across India next week. ‘Blinded By The Light’, which first screened at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year and bagged a mega worldwide distribution deal, will release in India on Wednesday following a successful opening in the UK and US. The film is a coming of age story based on the memoir ‘Greetings from Bury Park’ by British Pakistani author Sarfraz Manzoor and set in his hometown of Luton, near London. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka “Sarfraz was a journalist but had not written for the screen, he really wanted to have a go so I gave him several one on one tutorials in my house and the screenplay process began,” recalls Chadha, the award-winning director behind ‘Bend It Like Beckham’ and ‘Bride and Prejudice’. “In the book I found that he often stayed away from getting to the real nubs of disagreement with his father or with members of his community, which was totally understandable. So, my job was always to push him and to try and get closer to the truth because drama is conflict,” she says. Also Read – Salman Khan remembers actor Vinod Khanna The result was ‘Blinded By The Light’, which tells the story of a British Pakistani teenager named Javed who learns to live life, understand his family and find his own voice through the words and music of Springsteen. The plot seeks to portray the South Asian immigrant experience in Britain during the era of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and the impact of unemployment as a result of severe economic austerity of the period. “Bruce’s lyrics are very much part of our screenplay and we use his songs in a great narrative way. The lyrics drive the narrative somewhat. The film is not a musical but a film with music, rooted in reality where you hear the cast singing along to songs but not as professional singers more like their characters would,” explains Chadha. And Springsteen himself joined the team on the red carpet in his hometown of Asbury Park, New Jersey, earlier this week for its US premiere, having given his blessing to the project a few years ago. The film’s producer Jane Barclay says, “The idea of the hybrid musical’ evolved over time, though the music was always key, as was the use of Bruce’s lyrics to drive the narrative. The songs were worked into the script very cleverly. “Gurinder is skilled at bringing just the right emotion and truth to a scene so was really able to work the lyrics in with just the right tone and narrative beats.” The India release next week will complete the comedy-drama’s international journey, named ‘Blinded By The Light’ after one of Springsteen’s popular tracks.
New Delhi: The Delhi Police on Monday said that they have busted a gang of extortionists including two women who used to cheat people by impersonating as officials of Crime Branch. Police identified the accused as Jyoti (33), Deepak Kumar (33) and Poonam Sethi (43).On September 15, one complainant reported at Subhash Place police station that some persons are trying to extort money by impersonating themselves as officials of Crime Branch. A team of Subhash Place police station nabbed the three accused from the office of a jeweller in Netaji Subhash Place. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderDeputy Commissioner of Police (north-west) Vijayanta Arya said that the accused persons were trying to blackmail and extort the complainant introducing themselves as “Officials of Crime Branch”. They were demanding Rs. Five lakh from the complainant by threatening him to ruin his business reputation. Adding further DCP Arya said that the accused Deepak was under debt. He came into the contact of Poonam Sethi through the social platform and started committing the crime. “Jyoti is the wife of accused Deepak. His husband Deepak told her about the lady Poonam Sethi and asked her to join him in committing a crime to earn easy money for livelihood,” said DCP Arya. The 43-year-old Poonam Sethi started blackmailing and extorting people by impersonating as an official of crime branch using the name of her own organization named National Crime Intelligence Bureau. Four mobile phones, two identity cards in which press and National Crime Intelligence Bureau were printed, recovered from the possession of accused.