Com­edy a won­der­ful trib­ute to Chatsworth

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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.

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