Watch the Trailer for Machel Montano’s Bollywood-Style Feature Film “Bazodee”

September 3, 2015

Words by Marcha M. Johnson


We’ve been hearing for a while about a feature film starring the King of Soca Machel Montano and now concrete evidence of Montanoโ€™s Bollywood-style silver-screen debut has surfaced on YouTube. A tale of star-crossed lovers attempting to maintain a forbidden love affair during Trinidad’s Carnival season, the film, which has its world premiere at Trinidad’s famed Globe Theatre on Sept. 23 as part of this month’s Trinidad + Tobago Film Festival, is appropriately named Bazodee. For those of you who may not be familiar with the term, Bazodee refers to the inability to think straight, a sense of confusion, or simply a sudden onset of inexplicable stupidity that almost seems out of oneโ€™s control. You might have experienced this after engaging in an impromptu and lengthy slumber after a long work day, or, in the case of the movie, in conjunction with a strong dose of tabanca. (For more context, just refer toIron Bazodee” , the 2000 road hit from Barbados’ Square One featuring Soca Queen Allison Hinds)

What seems to be a modern-day West Indian mash-up of Romeo and Juliet and Mississippi Masala with a bit of Bollywood (it also stars Bollywood actor Kabir Bedi), Bazodee is directed by Todd Kessler, who just happens to be one of the creative minds behind the Nickelodeon childrenโ€™s series, Blue’s Clues.

Are Kesslerโ€™s directing chops good enough to assist the king of soca with a successful crossover into the world of acting? Only time will tell, but for now check out the trailer below.