A slapstick hit, but no Oscar

2011-11-28 00:00

FUNNY how often we judge a movie’s potential success based on our own expectations and yet this is not always a true indicator. Broken Promises — the Final Insult, is probably one such flick.

It offers ridiculous humour, a fairly straightforward plot and not your finest performers, although this was never the intention.

There is a market for slapstick in Durban, and given the various communities, probably a small fortune waiting to be made. Kumaran Naidu, director of the television series of the same name has made it to the big screen, and judging by a thunderous applause at the end of the premiere last Wednesday night, it’s bound to be a hit, among Indians anyway.

The oldest Indian dilemma is probably that of the daughter-in-law versus the mother-in-law and in most Indian households there is a similar tale.

In Broken Promises that mother-in-law is Amsugi (Kogie Naidoo), who faces a challenge from a new potential daughter-in-law who is highly educated and extremely wealthy. She is in well over her head, trying to outwit and outsmart this newest Tamil daughter-in-law, Vimla.

They are joined by Smoking Bommi (Rani Pillay), the compulsive eater, Saras (Maeshni Naicker), the conservative well-dressed Kamla (Roshni Moodley), girl chaser Reuben (Neel Pillay) and a host of new faces.

Besides plenty of entertainment from the actors, the soundtrack to the film will get you jiving along and features well-known local artists De’monique, LX Seth and Ramesh Hassan, who actually performs a song in the film as part of a dream sequence of one of the characters.

Broken Promises 3 will never win an Oscar, but it is nevertheless entertaining. Catch it at Ster-Kinekor Gateway in Umhlanga.

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