Soca Star Machel Montano stars in the movie “Bazodee”
In Bazodee, Anita Panchouri (Natalie Perera) is a devoted daughter who’s about to marry a wealthy suitor to save her father’s business, falls for a poor soca musician in carnival time Trinidad and Tobago, and must choose between following her heart into an unexpected, impassioned romance or destroying the dream her visionary father is building for a better life.
The movie premiered in Port of Spain as part of this year’s Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival
Machel Montano plays a soca performer whose flagging music career is rekindled after he finds himself in a forbidden romance with an East Indian girl set to marry the son of one of her father’s business associates. It’s the first foray into acting by Trinidad’s foremost soca star, but the role wasn’t much of a stretch, he says. “This character I play, Lee De Leon, he decided to go away to seek world fame and become internationally known, and he didn’t really succeed at that, so he came back home despondent,” Machel says. “That has happened to me maybe about three times in life.”
A light drama set against the backdrop of Trinidad Carnival Bazodee breaks out into musical sequences and stars legendary Indian actor Kebar Bedi, but don’t confuse it with a Bollywood movie. “We call it Triniwood,” says director Todd Kessler. “It’s got a much more real, less glossy style than Bollywood.”