Saturday, 19 June 2021

Trippin' with the Kandasamys (2021)

Genre - Comedy/Family/Drama
Director -Jayan Moodley
CastMariam Bassa, Maeshni Naicker, Jailoshini Naidoo, Koobeshan Naidoo, Yugan Naidoo, Madhushan Singh 
Duration93 minutes
Watch It on - Netflix

My View

So, Netflix suggested this movie to me on a lazy Sunday afternoon. With masala dosa and sambar dancing in my tummy, the last thing I wanted to watch was something where my brain was required. From the face of it, the movie promised lot of humour and fun! However, only after finishing the movie did I realise that I had accidentally watched the sequel of the famous South African movie series without watching the previous parts! But even if you start with the latest part like me, the warmth of the Kandasamys will make you feel like you have known them all this while.

The plot is pretty simple and relatable to the Indian context. Neighbour cum friends, Jennifer and Shanti are facing the midlife crisis. With their children almost out of the nest and husbands taking them for granted, Jennifer and Shanti had been struggling to get the spice in their married life back. That's when they decide to take a romantic vacation with their husbands. Shanti's 50th birthday was the perfect occasion!

Soon they realise that the vacation they were hoping to rekindle the romance in their life turns out to be a grand family reunion, as their carefree husbands had secretly invited the children and mom in law!

To add fuel to the fire, Shanti's hubby Preggie invites his sister, Baby to accompany them to the vacation. While Preggie justifies the intrusion as his way of helping his sister get over a heartbreak, the bold and beautiful Baby is hardly a deserving candidate for anybody's pity. To Jennifer's horror, Baby is almost always hitting on her husband Elvis, who seems to be enjoying all the attention! 

As if uncaring husbands and a sarcastic mother in law wasn't enough, all hell breaks down on Jennifer and Shanti when Baby announces she is moving in with them for good.  

That's when Jennifer and Shanti wage a secret war against Baby to save their marriages and sanity.

The movie then goes through waves of humour, drama and overwhelming emotional moments. 

Almost all characters, go crazy and silly for their age, including Jennifer's mother in law, who can't hold back her double meaning statements and addiction to gambling. The only sensible characters are Shanti's son Prishen, and his wife and Jennifer's daughter Jodie who, on the face seem like the perfect couple, but deep down are struggling with the agony of the failure to conceive!

There are moments that will make you go LOL, and then there will also be moments that are meant to be funny but fail in tickling the funny bone. 

Like all Indian movies, all goes well towards the end even here, the viewers do feel a bond with the crazy yet strong willed Jennifer and Shanti. How they end up making their husbands realise their worth is well, for you to watch. 

Overall, a good time pass, light hearted comedy. The song towards the end is supposed to be inspired by the big budget Bollywood movies, but rather looks funny, half baked and can be conveniently skipped. 

Now that I have discovered this South African brand of movies, I look forward to spending another lazy afternoon with one of Kandasamys older movies!

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