Keeping up with the Kandasamy’s (EN)

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Jailoshini Naidoo as Jennifer Kandasamy and Maeshni Naicker as Shanti Naidoo
Jailoshini Naidoo as Jennifer Kandasamy and Maeshni Naicker as Shanti Naidoo

Love thy neighbour… but don’t get caught! Durban-based comedy in the cinemas from March.

From the producers of Hard to Get and Happiness is a Four Letter Word, comes the two-sided, family-engaged-comedy affair, Keeping Up With The Kandasamy’s, directed by Durban filmmaker Jayan Moodley (White Gold) and produced by Helena Spring and the late Junaid Ahmed.

Madhushan Singh as Prishen Naidoo
Madhushan Singh as Prishen Naidoo

Described by Moodley as a “love letter to Chatsworth”, Keeping Up With The Kandasamy’s was filmed on location in Chatsworth, Durban, South Africa, and stars Jailoshini Naidoo (Eastern Mosaic, Lotus FM) and Maeshni Naicker (Broken Promises) as the matriarchal rivals of neighbouring families, whose young adult children become romantically involved, and despite their best efforts to keep them apart, they are forced to acknowledge that in the end “love will always prevail.”

Mariam Bassa as Aya Kandasamy
Mariam Bassa as Aya Kandasamy
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“Shanti Naidoo (Maeshni Naicker) is a typical Type-A personality. Always on the move, going out of her way to please people, and overcompensating for her perceived inadequacies by continually cooking up a storm in the kitchen. Her life would be just fine, except that her neighbour Jennifer Kandasamy (Jailoshini Naidoo), always seems to hold the upper hand.

Mishqah Parthiephal as Jodi Kandasamy
Mishqah Parthiephal as Jodi Kandasamy

“When Jennifer realises her daughter Jodi (Mishqah Parthiephal) is in love with Shanti’s son Prinesh (Madhushan Singh), she is determined to break them up. But to do that she has to enlist her rival’s help. Together the two women scheme and plot, recruit prospective partners and generally interfere with their kids wherever they can,” says Spring.

The cast also comprises, among others, Mishqah Parthiephal, Madhushan Singh, Mariam Bassa, Rajesh Gopie, Koobeshen Naidoo and Neil Govender.

Maeshni Naicker as Shanti Naidoo
Maeshni Naicker as Shanti Naidoo

Keeping Up With The Kandasamy’s was produced in association with M-Net and the DTI, with distribution by Ster-Kinekor Entertainment and will be released in cinemas nationwide on 3 March 2017.

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