Broken Promises 4-Ever’ the fourth instalment in the ‘Broken Promises’ franchise by well-known award-winning director, producer, and scriptwriter, Kumaran Naidu, opens in cinemas on 27 July 2018.
The film follows the antics of the Padayachee family and all the favourite characters from the previous movies, Amsugi, Reuben, Saras, Bommi, and others are back.
“’Broken Promises 4-Ever’ is a modern take on the dysfunctional family,” says Naidu. “The ‘Broken Promises’ franchise always deals with issues between the mother-in-law and daughter-in-law, which is typical for most Indian homes, and indeed many homes in general. There can never be harmony. I decided to reboot the franchise, keeping the same concept but reversing the roles. The focus is now on the relationship between father-in-law and son-in-law. It also looks at issues between Hindis and Tamils, and between people from different religious backgrounds. Many people will be able to relate to this story as they wonder what the solution will eventually be for a poor couple who basically have everything working against them.”
Amsugi’s (Kogie Naidoo) grandson, Mandoza (Theshen Naicker), is desperate to get married. But he is afraid of making the mistakes his father Reuben (Neel Pillay) made when he met Mandoza’s mother. However, Mandoza is rejected by Skye (Kajol Sewgobind), his girlfriend, as she feels that he needs to ask her father, Kallan (Kumaran Naidu), for permission. Skye is also concerned that they are rushing into things as she has not yet met Mandoza’s family.
A trip to Durban takes place, with everybody excited to receive Mandoza. Unfortunately for him, all his plans to make a good impression on Kallan go down the drain. On top of that, Kallan is not happy about Skye being involved with a non-Christian.
As usual, Amsugi starts her antics again, just as she once did with Natasha, Mandoza’s mother; she not only tells Skye that they need to start preparing for the couple’s wedding, but she also tells her exactly how she should be doing so. Unfortunately for her, Amsugi does not realise that the headstrong Skye is not one to be trifled with.
Naidu shot the film in Verulam, Phoenix, Tongaat and the Durban CBD, holding open auditions for the cast.
“When I cast, I normally have open auditions, allowing anybody, and everybody to showcase their talent,” he says. “I then adapt a specific person to suit a role, or even rewrite the role to suit the person. I believe that the community have great hidden talent and that they need some mentoring to shine in the spotlight. More than 100 people auditioned for the various roles, so we were spoilt for choice. We look for people who can do more than learn the script – we want to see real emotions, the drama and the quirky traits and skills that will add a new dimension to the movie.”
“The Broken Promises films have been extremely popular with audiences who love the crazy comedy of Kumaran Naidu’s approach to storytelling,” says Helen Kuun, MD of Indigenous Film Distribution, which is distributing the film in South Africa. “Although the story revolves around an Indian family, this movie is for a South African audience, and speaks to everyone who has ever had family troubles.”