Keeping up with the Kadasamys is a complete hit at the box office


The popular film, Keeping up with the Kandasamys, raked in a remarkable R1.6 million at the box office on its opening weekend, 3 March, with an attendance of almost 30 000 people.

The movie was produced by the award-winning duo, Helena Spring and the late Junaid Ahmed who sadly passed away in November last year.

“Seeing the feel-good impact of Keeping up with the Kandasamys on audiences, as it celebrates family values with humour and laughter, has been a wonderful experience and I’m both thrilled and thankful for the tremendous support cinema-goers are giving the film,” said Spring.

“Even though the film celebrates Indian culture and identity, the characters remain relatable across all racial and cultural lines, connecting with the audiences own familial experiences.”

This rib-tickling, two-sided family comedy affair was directed by Durban filmmaker Jayan Moodley and co-written by Moodley and Rory Booth.

Read Keeping up with the Kandasamys premiere

“This film has something for everyone,” said Moodley. “The universal story of neighbourhood rivalry, our desperate need for acceptance and the climb for perceived societal success is something which touches everyone the world over.

“At the end of the day, we can all recognise our quirks and foibles and the funny side of the weird, wonderful and strangely competitive world we live in.”

The film was produced in association with The National Film and Video Foundation, The Kwazulu-Natal Film Commission, M-Net and The DTI, with distribution by Ster-Kinekor Entertainment. It features music by Kyle Deutsch and The Parlotones, and is currently showing at selected theatres nationwide.

“I loved shooting this film on location in Chatsworth. It’s an iconic place such as 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 that will make global audiences fall in love with it too, over a barrel full of laughs,” said Moodley about her debut film.

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Marnelle Greyling

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