Magazine article Screen International

Soca Superstar Machel Montano Charms Ttff Crowd with 'Bazodee'

Magazine article Screen International

Soca Superstar Machel Montano Charms Ttff Crowd with 'Bazodee'

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Machel Montano, who rose to fame years ago as a performer of soca, an up-tempo fusion of African calypso beat and Indian dholak drumming, stars as a down-at-heel musician who falls for an Indian businessman's betrothed daughter during Carnival.

"I'm proud of our film," Montano told the audience at the Movie Towne multiplex in Port Of Spain prior to the screening of Bazodee. "I was also very proud and impressed with the local talent in Trinidad & Tobago. From every single department I can think of, all excelled."

He said screenwriter-producer Claire Ince first approached him with the story nearly a decade ago. "After nine years and falling in love with this script I must say it was a labour of love."

Appropriately enough the West Indian word 'bazodee' approximates to 'disoriented' and in this case applies to the dizzying power of love.

The film stars London-born newcomer of Sri Lankan descent Natalie Perera as Montana's love interest and Bollywood stalwart Kabir Bedi as her on-screen father. …

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