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Thursday, April 18, 2019


(The cast at the premiere in Durban on April 10, 2019.)

The much-anticipated Kandasamys: The Wedding, directed by Jayan Moodley opened ahead of time in 41 cinemas around South Africa on Thursday April 18.

The sequel to the highly successful Keeping up with the Kandasamys, which was South Africa’s number one movie at the box office in 2017, opened a day earlier than usual scheduled releases, due to the unprecedented demand from the movie’s fans, and in time for the holiday weekend.

The rib-tickling family comedy, a proudly Durban production, is produced by Durban-based African Lotus Productions, and stars Jailoshini Naidoo, Maeshni Naicker, Koobeshen Naidoo,  Yugan Naidoo, Mishqah Parthiephal, Madhushan Singh and Mariam Bassa.

Scripted by the dynamic writing duo Rory Booth and director / co-producer Jayan Moodley this highly entertaining and hilarious Kandasamys: The Wedding is South Africa’s very own "big fat Indian Wedding", packed with colour, character and comedy.

Centred around the forthcoming wedding of Jodi and Prishen (Mishqah Parthiephal and Madhushan Singh), the mothers Jennifer Kandasamy (Jailoshini Naidoo) and Shanthi Naidoo (Maeshni Naicker) try to push their own agendas for the “big day”. Their subtle (and not so subtle) yet always hilarious antics, recognisable by anyone who has ever had a wedding, create a delicious, rollicking comedy, with husbands adding a foil to an approaching potential pre-wedding melt-down.

Of course, the wonderfully funny Mariam Bassa as Aya, Jennifer’s whacky mother-in-law adds to the merriment, with her crazy one-liners and off-the-wall quirks. And fans of Arsevan (Rushil Juglall), will be pleased to know that he gets more facetime in the sequel.

Keeping up with the Kandasamys took local audiences by storm when it released in 2017 becoming SA’s number 1 film in 2017 earning a massive R16.3 million at the Box Office with a 12-week run in cinemas.

 “We cannot thank our audiences enough for their incredible support. Keeping Up With The Kandasamys drew thousands of patrons to cinemas nationally, and while it was a story out of Chatsworth, its universal appeal was enjoyed by the greater South African audience which was wonderful to see. As a filmmaker you want your film to have that reach and for your audience to identify with it. I really think that Kandasamys: The Wedding will again speak to people. We have a phenomenal cast who bring this story to life. The pictures are beautiful, the story is entertaining, full of vibrancy and fun, it will make you laugh and it will make you cry. There’s something in it for everyone.”

The principal funders for the movie are the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Mnet and the KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission. 

The cast will meet fans at the following Durban malls over the long weekend

April 20: Musgrave Centre, 11h30 to 13h30
April 20: Cornubia Mall, 15h00 to 17h00
April 20: Ballito Junction, 18h30 to 20h30
April 22: The Pavilion Shopping Centre, 12h00 to 14h00.