BAZODEE a new style Bollywood musical with a distinctly Caribbean island flavor releases in theaters nationwide this Friday, August 5. Legendary actor Kabir Bedi stars in this hotly anticipated film delivering a very different kind of role.
Anita Ponchouri (Natalie Perera), the dutiful Indian daughter of a deepindebt 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) sets things askew. In search of a muse, de Leon agrees to perform at the engagement party. 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 islands of Trinidad & Tobago and pulsing with the sensuous dance rhythms of soca music, BAZODEE is a new style Bollywood musical with a distinctly Caribbean island flavor.
This description sounds straight from a Bollywood potboiler, right? Except that it’s not. This is the premise of “Bazodee,” a soca (a genre of Caribbean music)infused Bollywoodstyle international film starring acclaimed Indian actor Kabir Bedi, British actress Natalie Perera, IndianRussian actor Staz Nair, and Trinidadian soca singerrecord producersongwriter Machel Montano. This global star cast was directed by American filmmaker Todd Kessler (“Bloodline”).
This grand visual narrative with a distinctly Caribbean island flavor, which unfolds on the vivid, colorful twin islands of Trinidad and Tobago, saw its international premiere in New York at the PlayStation Theatre, Times Square, July 27.
“Bazodee,” a Trinidadian slang, which translates to a state of dizziness or confusion often used with regards to love or infatuation — will remind people of India and all things Indian, said the actor who starred in the 1983 James Bond film, “Octopussy.”
The film, which showcases the unique and distinct cultural identity of the island of Trinidad and Tobago, is also loaded with sequences reflecting the cultural similarities between the island nation and India. This intersection of music and culture, Bedi said, made the whole filming experience extra special.
The prolific actor, who has worked in theater, movies and television spanning three continents and in several languages, is also awaiting the release of the Ashutosh Gowarikerdirected epic adventureromance film, “Mohenjo Daro.” The film, set in the ancient city of Mohenjo Daro, Sindh Pakistan, in the era of the Indus Valley civilization that dates back to 2600 BC, and which stars Hrithik Roshan in the lead role, casts him in a pivotal role. Bedi, who plays Maham, a despot who rules Mohenjo Daro using uninhibited force and violence, is making quite an impression on the audiences in the trailer of the film.
“I have a very powerful and strong role in the movie,” Bedi said. “It’s a great film. I want people to see ‘Bazodee’ and then see ‘Mohenjo Daro.’ I want two weekends from them. Each will be a very different experience and entertaining experience.”
Bedi, last seen in a cameo in the Shahrukh Khan starrer “Dilwale,” told IndiaWest that theater in Canada and films in Italy have kept him busy all this while, adding that he will be seen in an Italian film, the details of which he could not reveal at the moment.
Talking about his role in “Mohenjo Daro,” Bedi said, “It’s the first big role that I am doing in a while. And I really saved myself for that. I got a lot of smaller offers that I wasn’t interested in. But this was a role I could really get my teeth into. I am very happy with the role and the film.”
Since 1982, Bedi has been a voting member of the prestigious Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which decides each year’s Oscar nominees and winners. He is also the recipient of the highest ranking civilian honor by the Italian Republic and was bestowed the title of “Cavaliere” (Knight) of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic.
“Bazodee” hits theaters in the U.S. Aug. 5 and “Mohenjo Daro” releases Aug. 12.