Holly on Hollywood
“Blinded by the Light”
by Holly McClure
BLINDED BY THE LIGHT takes place in 1987, when crazy colored hair, weird clothes, wild music and politics, dominated the culture. Javed (Viveik Kalra) is a teenager who loves to write poetry and dreams of becoming a writer after being encouraged by his teacher, Ms. Clay. His goal is to attend college away from his small-town Luton, England, and become a writer to escape where he’s lived all his life, with his strict and traditional Pakistani parents. When his friend Roops (Aaron Phagura) introduces Javed to “The Boss” – he immediately connects with his lyrics and develops a new identity and excitement about life, based on the songs that inspire him.
The PG-13 stands for some mature themes about family, culture, political slurs, some language, Father-son issues, teens kiss and lots of music. This is a coming-of-age story based on Sarfraz Manzoor’s memoir. Kalra gives a powerful performance of a teen in angst about his life, love, school and family. But it’s his redemptive speech in the end that is inspiring and brilliantly brings the story full-circle for all ages. I wish EVERY pre-teen and teen could see, “Blinded By The Light”! I applaud this unique, well-written, witty story, with the best of Bruce Springsteen’s music and creative scenes that introduce the lyrics into the script, with a few Bollywood song and dance numbers thrown in for fun!
~Holly On Hollywood~
Holly McClure is a multimedia personality with a career that spans over 20 years in the entertainment industry. Her background as a film critic, film and television producer, creative writer, filmographer, radio and television host, author, and pundit for family values, has established her media expertise and made her a recognized advocate for family-friendly entertainment. Holly was the first ‘family film critic’ syndicated in over 365 newspapers by The Orange County Register. Her “Holly on Hollywood” movie reviews have been featured on various media outlets and can now be seen on Uplift TV, Parables movie channel, and thelaundrymoms.com.
In 2002, Holly was asked by Mel Gibson to film the behind-the-scenes interviews for “The Passion of the Christ”. She produced a one hour special, “The Making of The Passion of the Christ”, that aired on TBN and ION. She has since produced numerous press features for various films (The Passion Of The Christ, Do You Believe, Dancer and the Dame, God’s Not Dead, The Frontier Boys, etc.) and is listed on IMDB .
Holly is a charter member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association and serves on the advisory boards of The Dove Foundation and The Parents Television Council. She is a proud mother, grandmother and mentor, passionate about supporting and creating life-changing entertainment!
For more information visit Hollymcclure.com or IMDB.com