Home­grown com­edy rakes in R16m

Weekend Post (South Africa) - - NEWS -

HOME­GROWN com­edy Keep­ing Up With the Kan­dasamys con­tin­ues to break the bank, hav­ing raked in a whop­ping R16-mil­lion at the box of­fice.

The movie gives view­ers a glimpse into an age-old feud be­tween two neigh­bour­ing fam­i­lies – the Kan­dasamys and the Naidoos.

Af­ter years of con­stant fight­ing, the two ma­tri­archs join forces to split up their chil­dren, who have fallen in love.

The Kan­dasamys opened at cin­e­mas across the coun­try on March 3 to much ac­claim.

Di­rec­tor Jayan Mood­ley con­firmed that the show had raked in just over R16‚3-mil­lion af­ter 12 weeks on cir­cuit.

“It’s truly an in­cred­i­ble feel­ing. The sup­port from view­ers has been noth­ing short of amaz­ing‚” she said.

“As film­mak­ers we ex­pose our­selves as there is al­ways a lit­tle part of us in our sto­ries.

“This kind of en­cour­age­ment spurs us on to tell more sto­ries. Most lo­cal films are only screened for be­tween three and four weeks‚ so for The Kan­dasamys to make it to 12 weeks is a big thing.”

The film­maker said the suc­cess of the movie was a big step for the lo­cal in­dus­try as a whole.

“I think we’re fi­nally start­ing to build an in­dus­try in our beau­ti­ful coun­try, telling dif­fer­ent sto­ries from di­verse cul­tures,” Mood­ley said. – Kar­ishma Thakur­din

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