Local Film Bazodee Achieves Unprecedented Success with US-wide Release
For the first time, a Trinidad and Tobago film will be shown in 250 screens in 40 markets across the United States with release dates in the Caribbean, United Kingdom and Canada as well the rest of world being announced within the next few weeks.
Bazodee, starting local soca superstar Machel Montano in his film debut and British actress Natalie Perera, is a new style Bollywood musical with a distinctly Caribbean island flavor. 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 (Machel Montano) 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.
At a meeting of film industry stakeholders held recently at the Trinidad and Tobago Creative Industries Company Limited (CreativeTT), Susanne Bohnet, producer and distributor for the movie explained, “Bazodee has what a good mainstream film has; it has good emotional connectability, it has relatable characters, the chemistry between the male and female lead is amazing, the storyline is believable; it is a storyline that is a topic all over the world.”
Also speaking at the meeting was Chairman of the Trinidad and Tobago Film Company (FilmTT), Camille Selvon-Abrahams who emphasized the important impact of this film on the industry and the country as a whole. “Like other locally made films supported by FilmTT, for example, Girlfriends Getaway and Play the Devil, Bazodee will promote Trinidad and Tobago in a highly positive way on a global platform. This is a movie about our culture and it touches on so many sectors that are crucial to our economic growth and development – tourism, music, fashion, arts, to name a few,” Selvon-Abrahams explained.
She also added, “I do believe that local filmmakers have embraced the idea of independent filmmaking and though this is extremely challenging, it shows that the filmmakers are not totally dependent on government assistance in this time of economic uncertainty. Local filmmakers are doing their art and that’s always a good thing.”
Bazodee will premiere in New York on 27th July, 2016 at the Playstation Theatre in Times Square. It will then be released throughout the US on 5th August, 2016. Visit www.BazodeetheMovie.com to view the official trailer.