The popular film, Keeping up with the Kandasamys, has raked in a remarkable R1.6 million at the box office on opening weekend (3 March 2017), with an attendance of nearly 30 000 people. The film opened at number 3 on the Top 10 after Logan: The Wolverine and Fifty Shades Darker.
Keeping up with the Kandasamys was produced by the award-winning duo, Helena Spring and the late Junaid Ahmed (who sadly passed away in November 2016).
“Seeing the feel-good impact of Keeping up with the Kandasamys on audiences, as it celebrates family values with humour and laughter, has been a wonderful experience and I’m both thrilled and thankful for the tremendous support cinema goers are giving the film. Even though the film celebrates Indian culture and identity, the characters remain relatable across all racial and cultural lines, connecting with the audiences own familial experiences,” says Spring.
This rib-tickling, two-sided family comedy affair, was directed by Durban filmmaker Jayan Moodley (White Gold) and co-written by Moodley and Rory Booth.
“This film has something for everyone. The universal story of neighbourhood rivalry, our desperate need for acceptance and the climb for perceived societal success, is something which touches everyone the world over. At the end of the day we can all recognize our quirks and foibles and the funny side of the weird, wonderful and strangely competitive world we live in,” adds Moodley.
Keeping up with the Kandasamys promises audiences some truly funny laughs about families, relationships and neighbourhood-envy.
The film was produced in association with The National Film and Video Foundation, The Kwazulu Natal Film Commission, M-Net and The DTI , with distribution by Ster-Kinekor Entertainment.
It features music by Kyle Deutsch and The Parlotones. The film is currently showing at selected theatres nationwide.