It’s the film everyone is talking about at the moment and after floods of positive reviews came in (read mine here), Keeping Up With The Kandasamy’s enjoyed a very fruitful opening weekend at cinemas across the country. The film has raked in a remarkable R1.6 million at the box office on its official opening weekend (3 – 5 March 2017) and was the third most-watched film after Logan: The Wolverine and Fifty Shades Darker.

Over 30 000 people flocked to cinemas to watch the hilarious local comedy and the cast and crew are overwhelmed by the fantastic response the film received. “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,” producer Helena Spring says.

Writer and director Jayan Moodley adds “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.” In fact, Moodley has already been inundated with requests for a sequel – something the cast is eager to get on board with.

The film stars Jailoshini Naidoo and Maeshni Naicker 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. Shanti Naidoo, played by 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, played by Jailoshini Naidoo, always seems to hold the upper hand. When Jennifer realises her beautiful tomboy daughter, Jodi, played by Mishqah Parthiephal, is in love with Shanti’s son Prinesh, played by Madhushan Singh, – a sensitive medical student, she is determined to break them up. But in order to do that she will have to enlist her rival’s help.

The film is a fantastic piece of work. Support local and head to your local cinema this week to watch Keeping Up With The Kandasamys. You won’t be disappointed.

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