In 2017, Keeping Up With The Kandasamys became a hit making over a whopping R16 million at the local box office. After the incredible success of the film, a sequel was a no-brainer and next week, Kandasamys: The Wedding releases in cinemas around the country.
The sequel follows on from the first film and kicks off with Prishen Naidoo getting ready to propose to his neighbour and lover Jodi Kandasamy. After she says yes, the preperations for what promises to be the wedding of the year begins.
However, like in the first film, mothers Shanti and Jennifer have some grand ideas on how the wedding should take place – and, naturally, their ideas are entirely contradictory. The film takes a close look at the week before the wedding and all the hilarious and dramatic chaos that comes with it.
During the film, each character does a tremendous amount of growth as they come to terms with the once-rival families coming together as one. One of the major storylines sees Shanti struggling with the idea that there will be another woman in Prishen’s life and her obsession with her son’s affection causes major drama for Prishen and Jodi. Meanwhile, Jennifer learns yet again that meddling in her daughter’s life has some big consequences and starts to trust Jodi to make her own decisions in life. Meanwhile, Aya is thrilled to see her granddaughter marry the man of her dreams but a demon from her past could potentially threaten Jodi’s big day – and she takes matters into her own hands to make sure that doesn’t happen.
Lead characters Jailoshini Naidoo and Maeshni Naicker effortlessly slot back into their roles as Jennifer and Shanti. This time, however, while they continue to bicker over literally everything, you can see the love they have for each other which is a refreshing change from the sheer hatred they had in the first film. Both actresses give world-class performances and captivate audiences from the very first to the very last scene.
The sequel also shines a brighter light on Madhushan Singh and Mishqah Parthiephal’s relationship and the cracks that show just before their big day. Both actors showed a tremendous amount of growth since the first film and really help audiences connect with Prishen and Jodi’s characters and range of emotions they go through as they get ready to say their ‘I Do’s’.
Like in the first film, Mariam Bassa, who plays grandmother Aya, gives a stellar performance. She is the main source of comic relief in the film and has crept into the hearts of so many with her wit and humour. She will have you laugh out loud and blush at the same time with her hilarious, and dirty, jokes. She adds such a happy-go-lucky feeling to the film which is something really special. This time around, we learn more about Aya’s past and unearth some important reasons why the Kandasamy family dynamic is as is.
In many communities, mothers form an incredibly close bond to their sons and when their big day does arrive, it is hard for them to let them go into the arms of another woman. It’s something so many of us can relate to which is why this film has a universal appeal – despite being about an Indian family.
What makes this film so special, however, is that it is so proudly Indian. The South African Indian community is thriving and it’s great to see its impact flowing into mainstream media. Not only is ‘Kandasamys: The Wedding’ a celebration of Indian culture, but it’s also educational for other South Africans to get a deeper knowledge of the ins and outs of what goes into an Indian wedding.
‘Kandasamys: The Wedding’ packs a punch when it comes to its charm and humour and is the perfect follow-up to the first film.
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