KNOWN FOR her witty interpretation of the typical Indian mother-in-law character in the Broken Promises series of films, Kogie Naidoo has impressed audiences all over South Africa.
Now she makes a return to the big screen as Granny in ‘Kings of Mulberry Street’, the charming and hilarious new film by Judy Naidoo, in cinemas from 28 June 2019.
Set in the early 80’s, the film tells the story of two young Indian boys who have to find a way to overcome their differences and unite in order to defeat the bullying local crime lord who’s threatening their families.
“Kogie plays Granny with all the humour and warmth that we have come to expect from one of South Africa’s favourite actors,” says Naidoo. “She was the obvious choice for the role and is every bit as mischievous as the two young boys and just as street smart.”
Naidoo has been bringing love, fun and laughter to her many fans across South Africa for close on 60 years. Her passion for acting started at age 11 when her parents introduced her to the stage.
“My family was deeply involved in arts and culture and my mother was a Tamil schoolteacher who wrote several plays. That was how I started ageing and I’ve never looked back,” says Naidoo.
She has appeared in theatre productions, radio dramas and movies. She believes she owes her success to her parents and family.
Naidoo has had the pleasure of working with many great local artists like Krish Swamivel, Parry Govender, Maeshni Naicker, and the late Swamivel Pillay and Mahavishnu Naidoo. She claims to have learnt much from working with these artists.
At 71, the warm, bubbly and gifted artist is still at the top of her game
Kogie has appeared in several acclaimed films, including ‘Florida Road’ (2010) and ‘Broken Promises’ (2003), ‘Broken Promises 2’ (2007), ‘Broken Promises 3’ (2011) and ‘The Curse of Highway Sheila’ (2014), and ‘Broken Promises 4 – Ever’ (2017).
She is most well-known for her role as the dreaded mother in law ‘Amsugi’, which she has played in the ‘Broken Promises’ films.
‘Kings of Mulberry Street’ will be distributed in South Africa by Indigenous Film Distribution.
It opens at cinema near you from June 25, 2019.