Mishqah Parthiephal stars in South African Indian Blockbuster
When it comes to prime time television and the South African film Industry, Mishqah Parthiephal has fast become a household name. Mishqah, who plays the role of ‘Vania’ in the most popular Soapie in the country ‘Skeem Saam’ or ‘Kris Laurenson’ in ‘Snake Park’, has just landed a leading role in the much anticipated international cinematic release ‘Keeping Up with The Kandasamys’.
Mishqah could not be more privileged to be working with the heavy weights of the film industry – which would not be possible without the association of the National Film and Video Foundation. “I heard there was an audition for a huge feature film in Durban. I knew this was an opportunity i couldn’t miss out on, so i jumped into my car and drove 6 hours from Jhb to DBN for the auditions. I guess I nailed it, because i was offered the role a few weeks later.”
Mishqah plays Jodi – “We are very similar in many ways. She’s a strong young woman who isnt afraid to tell people around her what’s in her heart. She’s kind and gentle and very loving. We are even similar in the way that we dress. We both live in shorts and sneakers! But saying that I can not wait to experience the journey that she will take me through. She has such a beautiful soul, and I can not wait to learn from her.” Mishqah explains.
Keeping up with the Kandasamy’s is produced by Helena Spring who is the winner of a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Television Movie, for Yesterday (directed by Darrel Roodt) British Academy Television Award for Best Single Drama for Red Dust.
“I think that Keeping up with a Kandasamys is a beautiful story that reflects true Durban Indian culture, I can’t wait for the world to see it.” says Mishqah.
The movie will be released in March 2017.
Mishqah in the making:
Mishqah has a wealth of film experience, having starred in the 2010 epic ‘White Gold” which told the story of how Indians came to South Africa. After Mishqah starred in White Gold, her outstanding performance caused a ripple effect in the film industry and she has subsequently acted in several films that followed. Her most recent film “Paraya” premiered at this years’ Cannes Film Festival. By the looks of things, Mishqah is ready to take on the world, with Keeping Up with Kandasamy’s marking her second international film release at such a young age. When Mishqah isn’t on a film or soapie set, her time is spent shooting TV commercials. You may recognise her from the Nedbank, Varsity College, Discovery, first for women or Perfect Touch advertisements.
With such an impressive track record, it’s clear that Mishqah Parthiephal has been making all the right moves – her transition from the ‘Small Screen’ to the ‘Silver Screen’ has been effortless and fluid and we can’t wait to buy a ticket to see her in Keeping Up with the Kandasamys.
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