Movie Review: ‘Kandasamys The Wedding’ is pure cinematic alchemy!

SOUTH AFRICA: The crazy families of Chatsworth are back after two years and trust me when I tell you the wait has been worth it.

Where it all began

The moment I saw the trailer of the first installment, I knew there was something amazing about to happen to the South African movie scene, especially for the Indian community. I can vividly recall the evening we leaked the trailer in 2016 onto Indian Spice social media platforms. The explosion of views, engagement and dialogue went through the roof reaching 500K users in a matter of just a week was amazing to experience.

As much as there have been many other movies that could attest to representation of the South African Indian identity, I can honestly say that the ‘Kandasamys’ certainly is the Kohinoor diamond of SA Indian movies to date.

No matter what your ethnic background may be – whether you’re South African or not – this movie is one that speaks to the heart of South African audiences made by South Africans and IS the one movie that showcases the identity of the South African Indian.

What to expect from the ‘Kandasamys’

A splash of Bollywood is a must in this installment where you see lead actors Jodi (Mishqah Parthiepal) and Prishen (Madhushan Singh) seal their love story with a big fat Indian wedding!  

Kandasamys: The Wedding‘ is packed with colorful tones and issues that affect every mother and daughter. The world-class performance of each actor is genuine & appealing in every sense of the word.

Irrespective of their role being a cameo, lead or supporting role; this amazing cast have placed their heart and soul into this labor of love giving you a sense of pride of being a South African Indian.

The movie sparks your thoughts on your very own relationship dynamic and also hints on how to deal with challenges.

The dilly mothers of #KTW essayed by Maeshni Naicker and Jailoshini Naidoo will leave you shell-shocked with their antics. Relatable and fun bringing out the feel of every mother who’s out to ensure her child is happy – is the target of these two characters!

My favorite ‘Aiya’ (granny) reprised by Mariam Bassa who you will remember for her condom munching scene from the first movie & Rushil Juglall as Arsevan leave you in stitches!

Funny fact: Mind you that condom scene had to be shot 18 times, yes Bassa had to chomp 18 condoms! If you missed that scene watch below

It’s cinematic alchemy that the writers, Rory Booth and Jayan Moodley have achieved, scoring a Hashim Amla sixer with this sequel. I would not be surprised that there is a third installment in the near future!

The verdict

These South African actors, the production crew and everyone associated with ‘Kandasamys’ have invested their heart and soul with the aim of bringing you what you want – your identity and culture on the red carpet!

This gem of a movie is genuinely smart, hilarious and touching packing world-class entertainment with soul!

Your money will be well spent on this movie, leaving you walking out with a smile on your face and beaming with pride to be South African.

Rating: 9/10

Movie: Kandasamys: The Wedding
Cast: Jailoshini Naidoo, Maeshni Naicker, Mishqah Parthiepal, Madhushan Singh, Yugan Naidoo, Koobeshen Naidoo and Mariam Bassa
Screenplay: Jayan Moodley and Rory Booth
Director: Jayan Moodley  

The principal funders for the movie are the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), M-Net and the Kwazulu-Natal Film Commission.

Watch the trailer here

About Naufal Khan

Naufal Khan was the Publisher at ADISHAKTI MEDIA and the editor-in-chief of the South African Indian news service Indian Spice. Khan was former Sunday Times journalist and also an occult fiction and non-fiction writer with several published titles.