Comedy a wonderful tribute to Chatsworth
actress, voice-over artist and Shanti, played by Maeshni Naicker.
When Jennifer realises her beautiful tomboy daughter, Jodi (Mishqah Parthiephal), is in love with Shanti’s son Prinesh (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.
Shanti Naidoo (Maeshni Naicker) is a typical Type-A personality – always going out of her way to please people, and overcompensating for her perceived inadequacies by continually cooking up a storm in the kitchen. Together the two women scheme and plot and generally interfere with their children’s lives wherever they can.
This light-hearted and entertaining story is supported by an array of other colourful characters, including well-known South African theatre actor, playwright and director Rajesh Gopie, who stars as Shanti’s husband; Durban comedian Koobeshen Naidoo, who plays Jennifer’s husband; Neil Govender, who plays Jodi’s friend Marlin; and Mariam Bassa, who plays Jennifer’s elderly, no-nonsense, ever-critical motherin-law.
Moodley said she wanted to pay tribute to the former Group Areas Act community.
“I loved shooting this film on location in Chatsworth. It’s an iconic place, like District Six or Soweto. It’s vibrant, lively and spirited, and I believe we have managed to not only capture its idiosyncrasies but also its heart and soul (in a way) that will make global audiences fall in love with it too,” said Moodley.
The official trailer for Keeping Up With the Kandasamys racked up over 32 000 views on YouTube and 75 000 and counting on Facebook.
“We’re ecstatic with the support we’ve been getting from fans around the country. Even with the challenges we had making the movie, everyone stepped in and helped wherever they could. We are truly blessed, and hope the movie satisfies a large audience,” she said.
The film features music by Kyle Deutsch and The Parlotones. will
Director Jayan Moodley with the cast of Keeping up with the Kandasamys.