In this latest instalment of the movie series by esteemed director, Jayan Moodley, the now familiar family story takes the storytelling up a notch. Not only does this light, local and lovely film deal with topical societal issues but also sees the Kandasamy-Naidoo family relationships grow since we first met them 10 years ago.
“Yes, it’s been ten years since we started KUWTK, and can you believe that Mishqah and I have done five films together since then,” says lead Madhushan Singh, who plays Prishen Naidoo. His on-screen wife, Jodi, is played by Mishqah Parthiepal.
Starring Jailoshini Naidoo, Maeshini Naicker, Koobeshen Naidoo and Yugan Naidoo, the Kandasamy’s is a series of comedy-drama film centred on best friends, Jennifer and Shanthi, played by Jailoshini and Maeshni. The two previous movies have seen the leading ladies at war over their children (Singh and Parthiepal) dating, then reconcile, plus some hilarious wedding-drama.
Now best friends again, the two are due to go on a fun-filled family holiday to celebrate Shanthi’s 50th birthday, when an unexpected and uninvited guest triggers the start of a mid-life crisis. A roller coaster of emotions is about to be unleashed as the two couples’ frailties of their relationships are exposed.
Jodi and Prishen’s story is also central, with the newly-weds on the receiving end of family pressures. It means, the young duo are up close and personal for this movie.
“It was interesting shooting those intimate scenes, not only because we were in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, but also because the cameras are up in your face at the same time and you need to make it all look natural and romantic,” laughs Parthiepal.
It is a family movie, so don’t expect overly steamy scenes but the couple did share a lot of intimate moments, in line with the newly-weds storyline.
Singh adds: “It’s actually really funny, because we had six crew, including Jayan directing, under the sheets with us. So they say ‘be a little louder’, ‘move the sheets again’, ‘more of this or that’ etc, but we just laugh about it. Luckily we are very close and comfortable with each other so it was really easy and fun to shoot.”
The duo say they are a team on set, and in life. “Our lives have been intertwined for a decade now and it helps that we’ve grown up together on camera and in reality. We’re really good friends,” says Singh.
He says the two know each other well – that she has three moods “tired, hungry or needs to go to the bathroom” for instance – and that they both need time alone, especially preparing for the more emotional scenes (SPOILER: There are many tear-jerking moments in this movie, along with laughs).
Trippin’ with the Kandasamys and marriage
Parthiepal, who is married, says it is “genuinely such a warm relationship and we spend time together off set, with our respective families. And I’m always giving him relationship advice but it’s just not working,” she laughs.
This third part of the Kandasamys’ trilogy examines the institution of marriage and explores the ingredients of strong and meaningful relationships, whilst guaranteeing the fun and laughter that audiences look forward to.
Parthipal adds that the movie has touched on a number of societal taboos in this iteration and that younger generations as well as older ones will appreciate seeing the stars work through them and bring them to light.
- Trippin’ with the Kandasamys, which is set to release on June 4, was shot exclusively in locations in Durban and on KwaZulu Natal’s South Coast
- Watch the trailer here:
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By: Lem Chetty