I was provided press passes to the Bazodee movie premiere in exchange for my honest opinion.
A state of confusion; a state of love
Last week Soca lovers along with men and women within the film and Caribbean entertainment industry gathered at the Play Station Theater witnessing Caribbean history for Bazodee the movie premiere. Bazodee is a Bollywood-like Caribbean musical and the first movie released by Serafini Pictures and Machel Montano’s own Monk Pictures. As a first-generation Trinidadian-American, it was exciting to see people “like me” on the big screen. Here are my five reasons everyone should support Bazodee the movie.
It’s a Cute Film
Bazodee is musical dramady about two people from different backgrounds finding love through a common interest: MUSIC. It will make you laugh, steups (kiss your teeth) or have ‘wha de jail is dis?’ (OMG) moments, but the movie overall shows how music inspires and unifies people.
Soca music (originally the SOul of CAlypso and according to Machel Montano, the SOund of the CAribbean) and a few Indian folk songs are played and sang throughout the film. The main character Lee (played by Machel) shows variety in his character’s musical style by playing the ukulele, African and Tassa drums. If you’re a soca fan, you will sing and whine to pretty much every tune.
Exposes Viewers to Trinidadian Culture
From the Red-Band maxi taxi and seeing familiar streets throughout the movie, I was hyped! Bazodee is set around Carnival, one of (if not the biggest) cultural celebrations in Trinidad and Tobago. The movie gives viewers a taste of j’ourvet, the streets of Port of Spain during Carnival time and the connection Trinidadians have to it’s African and Indian roots.
It’s Caribbean Made
Bazodee is not a Caribbean-like film featuring actors with bad accents saying “mon” after every sentence. It was written by Claie Ince, a Barbadian, filmed in Trinidad and Tobago and provided work for locals to be extras and crew members.
Being totally biased here, but seeing one of my favorite Soca artists in a movie was all kinds of awesome. Machel has been performing since the age of 7 and is a global ambassador for Soca Music. For him to be cast as a lead in a Caribbean film is a huge accomplishment and a treat for fans to see.
More about Bazodee the Movie
Anita Ponchouri (Natalie Perera), the dutiful Indian daughter of a deep in debt businessman (Kabir Bedi) is about to marry a wealthy Londoner (Staz Nair) when a chance encounter with local Trinidadian singer, Lee de Leon (Soca music star Machel Montano in his film debut) sets things askew. In search of a muse, de Leon agrees to perform at the engagement party for both families. Unable to deny their mutual attraction, and with the excitement of Carnival approaching, Anita must now choose between the answer to her family’s financial prayers and the possibility of real love. Set on the vivid, colorful twin islands of Trinidad and Tobago, and pulsing with the sensuous dance rhythms of soca music, BAZODEE is a new style Bollywood musical with a distinctly Caribbean island flavor.
Make sure to check out Bazodee showing in theaters August 5
See the trailer for the film below