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Wednesday
Aug142019

Ep438: Brilliant Disguise w/ VIVEIK KALRA!

Today, The Kicking the Seat Podcast welcomes back Nick Allen of RogerEbert.com for a look at one of the year's very best films, Gurinder Chadha's Blinded by the Light. The film centers on a teen named Javed (Viveik Kalra) living in South East London during the 1980s.

He struggles with his traditional Pakistani family while having no success with girls and trying to figure out what he wants to do with his life. When a classmate slips him a Bruce Springsteen tape, Javed's life turns upside down. Blinded by the Light is a funny, uplifting, and emotional coming-of-age story that might just save this sorry, sorry summer.

Ian and Nick get into the film's highs and lows, and talk about the vast gulf between Chadha's "based on a true story" adaptation and author Sarfraz Manzoor's equally excellent autobiography, Greetings from Bury Park, which inspired the film.

But before this spoilerific chat, you can enjoy Ian's interview with star Viveik Kalra, conducted back in May right before the brilliant young actor appeared at the Music Box Theatre for the Chicago Critics Festival!

Episode 438 is needs a love reaction. C'mon, now, baby, give it just one look!

Show Guide:

Intro Music: 0:00 - 0:14

Intro: 0:14 - 2:14

Viveik Kalra Interview: 2:14 - 25:22

Intro Ct'd: 25:22 - 27:16

Blinded by the Light Trailer: 27:16 - 29:39

Blinded by the Light Discussion: 29:39 - 1:08:51

Outro Music: 1:08:51 - 1:09:25

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