Trippin’ with the Kandasamys 2021 Movie review
The Kandasamys franchise first gained global attention in 2017, when the first film in the franchise, ‘Keeping Up With The Kandasamys’ became the highest-grossing South African film worldwide in 2017. The similarities with the Kardashian show title probably helped!
If you’d like to catch some more films from South Africa in the vein of the Kandasamys franchise, you may enjoy ‘Seriously Single’. Let’s meet the cast of the third installment of the franchise, ‘Trippin’ With The Kandasamys’.
Jailoshini Naidoo who plays the rather snobby Jennifer Kandasamy about the success of the franchise says, “The Kandasamy themes are so universal. From the experiences to the characters. Everywhere you go in the world, you have mothers who interfere in their children’s lives. Overprotective mothers, mother-in-law problems, insecurities- everyone in the world can identify with a mother-in-law problem and annoying neighbors.” Naidoo is best known for her roles in the Kandasamy franchise which has included ‘Keeping Up With The Kandasamys’, ‘Kandasamys: The Wedding’ and now ‘Trippin’ With The Kandasamys’. However, the actor who has also dabbled as a TV and Radio presenter and comedian is also known for her role in the TV series ‘ Strike Back’.
Maeshni Naicker plays Jennifer Kandasamy’s former rival turned best friend Shanthi Naidoo. Maeshni just like Jennifer is an overbearing mother who puts her feud with Jennifer aside when their children fall in love. Maeshni plays the perfect foil to the prim and proper Jennifer, with her tell it like it is personality. Maeshni Naicker may have impeccable comic timing, but she seems to have a knack for horror as well. Other than the Kandasamys franchise, Maeshni is known for the horror film, ‘The Curse of Highway Sheila’.
Koobeshan Naidoo plays Jennifer’s husband Elvis Kandasamy. Koobeshan Naidoo’s career has largely included his films in the Kandasamy franchise. Prior to starring in ‘Keeping Up With The Kandasamys’, ‘Kandasamys: The Wedding’, Koobeshan starred in the dramedy ‘Nothing But The Truth’ which focusses on how a man tries to plan his brother’s funeral, when it emerges he wasn’t the man everyone thought he was.
Mariam Bassa has won rave reviews for her portrayal as Jennifer’s mother-in-law, who has the audience in splits with her wry comments. The Kandasamys franchise seems to be Mariam Bassa’s breakout role, which makes her performance all the more praiseworthy.