Kandasamys: The Wedding

2019

3/5
Kandasamys: The Wedding

Summary

Kandasamys: The Wedding revolves around the forthcoming wedding of Jodi (Mishqah Parthiepal) and Prishen (Madushan Singh), but the mothers of both bride Jodi and the bridegroom Prishen, Jennifer Kandasamy (Jailoshini Naidoo) and Shanthi Naidoo (Maeshni Naicker) attempt to push their own demands and agendas for the big Wedding Day.

Production: African Lotus Production Studios, M-Net, Ster Kinekor

Direction: Jayan Moodley

Starring: Jailoshini Naidoo, Maeshni Naicker, Madhushan Singh, Mishqah Parthiephal, Ugan Naidoo

Release Date: 18 April 2019

Genre: Romance

Run time: 127 min

Rating: 3/5

Review

The sequel to the country’s highest-grossing locally made movie in 2017, Keeping Up with the Kandasamys, Kandasamys: The Wedding picks up with the love-struck Prishen Naidoo (Madhushan Singh) and Jodi Kandasamy (Mishqah Parthiephal) a few years after they’ve completed their studies, and they’re a week away from celebrating their big fat Indian wedding.

However, like in the first film, mothers Shanti and Jennifer have some grand ideas on how the wedding should take place – and, naturally, their ideas are entirely contradictory. The film takes a close look at the week before the wedding and all the hilarious and dramatic chaos that comes with it.

During the film, each character does a tremendous amount of growth as they come to terms with the once-rival families coming together as one. One of the major storylines sees Shanti struggling with the idea that there will be another woman in Prishen’s life and her obsession with her son’s affection causes major drama for Prishen and Jodi. Meanwhile, Jennifer learns yet again that meddling in her daughter’s life has some big consequences and starts to trust Jodi to make her own decisions in life. Meanwhile, Aya is thrilled to see her granddaughter marry the man of her dreams but a demon from her past could potentially threaten Jodi’s big day – and she takes matters into her own hands to make sure that doesn’t happen.

The sequel also shines a brighter light on Madhushan Singh and Mishqah Parthiephal’s relationship and the cracks that show just before their big day. Both actors showed a tremendous amount of growth since the first film and really help audiences connect with Prishen and Jodi’s characters and range of emotions they go through as they get ready to say their ‘I Do’s’.

Like in the first film, Mariam Bassa, who plays grandmother Aya, gives a stellar performance. She is the main source of comic relief in the film and has crept into the hearts of so many with her wit and humour. She will have you laugh out loud and blush at the same time with her hilarious, and dirty, jokes. She adds such a happy-go-lucky feeling to the film which is something really special. This time around, we learn more about Aya’s past and unearth some important reasons why the Kandasamy family dynamic is as is.

 

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