Durban comedy hitting SA funnybones

Jailoshini Naidoo and Maeshni Naicker in Keeping Up With the Kandasamys
Jailoshini Naidoo and Maeshni Naicker in Keeping Up With the Kandasamys

South African produced comedy movie Keeping Up With the Kandasamys has raked in more than R4-million at the box office in less than two weeks.

The side-splitting comedy‚ which was filmed in the heart of Durban‚ tells the story of the long-standing rivalry between two families, the Kandasamys and the Naidoos.

After years of feuding, they join forces to break up the romance between their adult children who have fallen in love and, in the end, the families have to settle their differences.

The movie‚ which was released in cinemas across the country on March 3‚ has raked in a whopping R4 049 418 to date.

According to its producers, more than 76 000 people have flocked to cinemas to watch it.

Director Jayan Moodley said the success of the film at the box office would hopefully open more doors for cast members and the team.

“This success means that we are indeed building an industry in our province‚ in our country. It also means the success paves the way for other filmmakers to follow their passion and make it happen‚” she said.

Moodley described the response to the movie as a “special and treasured feeling”, and said it was overwhelming to watch it come to life.

She made her director’s debut with The Kandasamys.

The film was produced by Helena Spring and Junaid Ahmed‚ who died in November‚ and was directed by Jayan Moodley.

The cast includes Jailoshini Naidoo‚ Maeshni Naicker‚ Mishqah Parthiephal‚ Madhushan Singh‚ Rajesh Gopie‚ Koobeshan Naidoo‚ Mariam Bassa and Neil Govender.

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