Local film does Durban proud

Mishqah Parthiephal and Madhushan Sing on location on Durban’s beachfront during the shooting of Keeping up with the Kandasamys.

THE anticipated South African film, Keeping up with the Kandasamys, premiered to an audience of almost 600 people recently and opened to the public last Friday.

The film is directed by Jayan Moodley and produced by the late Junaid Ahmed and Helena Spring.



It was filmed at a variety of locations in Durban including the Woodhurst Hall, the beachfront, BMW Supertech in Edwin Swales Road, Chatsworth Hospice, various parks, Wilson’s Wharf and Bangladesh Market.

“The film is a truly home-grown Durban product,” said Toni Monty, head of the Durban Film Office, the eThekwini Municipality’s film industry development unit.

It was written by Durban’s Rory Booth and Jayan Moodley and stars Durban actors Jailoshni Naidoo and Maeshni Naicker with Mishqah Parthiepha, Madhushan Sing, Rajesh Gopie and Koobeshen Naidoo and a host of local actors and extras in the cast totalling almost 500 from Durban.

“It is particularly poignant for us in the local film industry, as Durban-based producer, Junaid Ahmed, passed away in November last year during post-production of this film. It is a fitting swan-song for one of our own, who contributed hugely to the growth of the local industry through tireless efforts to nurture and encourage home-grown talent.”

Lloyd Mackenzie

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