Well-known and popular Durban-based filmmaker Junaid Ahmed has died after suffering a stroke two weeks ago. He was aged 57.
Having received numerous awards for his work, Ahmed’s recent production Happiness is a Four-Letter Word soared to success after it was released earlier this year. In its third record-breaking week on the cinema circuit, it raked in more than R7 million at the box office.
A graduate of the University of Durban Westville, Ahmed has been the driving force behind many locally and internationally produced films and documentaries. At the time of his death, he was working on his latest film, Keeping Up With The Kandasamys.
Directed by Jayan Moodley and filmed in and around Durban, the movie is set to be released in March, 2017. The cast includes well-known theatre personalities Jailoshini Naidoo, Koobeshen Naidoo, Maeshni Naicker and Rajesh Gopie as well as Mishqah Parthiepal, Madhushan Singh, Neil Govender and Mariam Bassa.
For more information on Ahmed’s achievements visit Omeshnie Naidoo’s article published in the Daily News on March 9, 2016, at http://www.iol.co.za/dailynews/opinion/local-film-maker-hits-right-notes-1995296