Earlier this year, I watched Namaste Wahala (2021), a rom-com about an Indian & Nigerian couple that was nice. Following that, I looked for similar movies and I came across this one – Kandasamys: The Wedding (2019) – a sequel to Keeping Up with the Kandasamys. It follows two Indian families in South Africa whose children Prishen and Jodi Kandasamy are getting married to one other and the wedding runs into choppy water due to the ego clash between the two mothers. This film is available on Netflix and scores ‘Raw’.
The film has a simple story. The Naidoos and Kandasamys are neighbours, with the latter richer than the former. Prishen Naidoo and Jodi Kandasamy are in love with each other and they are getting married. In the days before the wedding, unexpected problems crop up, derailing the plans. I liked the way Director Jayan Moodley has made a realistic film that the audience can easily relate to. There are no villains or fights; just two families and the dynamics between them. I haven’t been to South Africa and it was surprising to me to see a large thriving Indian community who even after several generations are able to retain their homeland religion, tradition & culture.
The cast has been selected with care. When they nearing a breakup, Madhushan Singh as Prishen and Mishqah Parthiephal as Jodi express their feelings without any overacting. The two mothers Maeshni Naicker as Shanthi Naidoo and Jailoshini Naidoo as Jennifer Kandasamy have played their characters convincingly. Overall, a feel-good film that is enjoyable but not much to remember.