“As an actress, you go to many auditions and do your best, but you have no expectations. For newbies, it can derail their performance in the initial days.
Smith creates a charming, unassuming, care-free, drily funny character so you see why Linda is attracted to him, but you don’t quite see why he likes her, other than the fact that everyone agrees she is pretty.
The film starts with some appalling, stereotypically misogynistic behaviour from the guys at Linda’s workplace and you understand her initial stand-offish demeanour, but Uys never gives us a glimpse beneath the carefully cultivated, blandly vanilla persona of Linda.
“With me based in Durban, auditions for TV and films don’t come around frequently.
I went for the audition, got a call two weeks later to say I’m on the shortlist and then, last month, was told they loved me for the part. It is common knowledge that soaps, with the exception of M-Net’s The Wild, are shot with multicams.
But in South Africa, especially the movies, is more progressive.
“In Jozi, I played one of four characters living in a commune – it had nothing to do with me being Indian.
“But acting doesn’t have to be a struggling profession – there is scope for actors.
You just have to work really hard.” While Bhagwandeen is grateful to be making inroads in the TV sector, as has Krijay Govender (Isidingo), Sorisha Naidoo (Scandal) and Leeanda Reddy (Isidingo), she hasn’t forsaken her love for theatre and dancing.
To date, she has impressed in an array of dance pieces, musicals such as Chalo Cinema, Bombay Crush, Sophiatown, Thunsil and Jimbo, to highlight just a few. I had a choice between a dance production and 7de Laan and chose the latter because it was a new and exciting adventure.
But I don’t want to lose touch with my love for dance and theatre.
• Kajal Bhagwandeen debuts on SABC2’s 7de Laan on March 12.