Red-carpet pitch to The Boss

Blinded By The Light stars (above, from left) Nell Williams, Aaron Phagura and Viveik Kalra.
Blinded By The Light stars (from left) Nell Williams, Aaron Phagura and Viveik Kalra.PHOTO: WARNER BROS PICTURES

British-Indian film-maker Gurinder Chadha proposed an idea to Bruce Springsteen at the launch of a film in 2010, resulting in Blinded By The Light

You have a great movie project about how a rock star's music turned a super fan's life around.

But it would never get off the ground unless you get the star's permission to use his music. So, how do you reach out to a legend like Bruce Springsteen and not have him think you are just another obsessive fan or, worse, stalker?

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 15, 2019, with the headline 'Red-carpet pitch to The Boss'. Print Edition | Subscribe