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Malamaal Weekly (2006)

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Lilaram sells lottery tickets and one customer has hit the jackpot but dies of shock upon finding out that he has won. Now, Lilaram wants all the money, and so does everyone around him.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paresh Rawal ...
Lilaram 'Lila'
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Balwant 'Balu'
Riteish Deshmukh ...
Kanhaiya - Chokhey's son (as Ritesh Deshmukh)
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Sukhmani 'Sukhi'
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Baj 'Bajey' Bahadur
Asrani ...
Chokhey
Shakti Kapoor ...
Joseph
Arbaaz Khan ...
Jayesh Agarwal
Innocent ...
Anthony Joseph Fernandes
Sudha Chandran ...
Thakurain
Rasika Joshi ...
Mary
Priyanshi
Sona Nair
Bineesh Kodiyeri
Ravindranath
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Storyline

Laholi is a small village in India whose inhabitants are poor, simple-minded, and are used to their lives being controlled by the dictatorial Landlord, Thakurain, and her brother, Baj Bahadur. Although Lilaram is the one with the highest educational qualifications, he is unable to secure any job. He decides to make a living selling lottery tickets, especially the Delhi-based Malamaal Weekly, but is barely able to make ends meet. Then one day he finds out that one of his lottery tickets is a winner. He concocts a scheme with his wife, which involves pawning her pet goat with the Thakurain, getting people together for a feast, so that he can get their tickets back - all in vain. Then he finds out that the only one who was absent was the town drunk, Anthony Fernandes. When he goes to Anthony's house he finds him dead, happily clutching his winning lottery ticket. When Lilaram tries to take the ticket from Anthony's hand, another villager, Balwant, happens to come by, both of them ... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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10 March 2006 (India)  »

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Opening Weekend:

$57,415 (USA) (17 March 2006)

Gross:

$204,612 (USA) (24 March 2006)
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Trivia

Several reviewers consider this film to be very similar to Waking Ned Devine (1998). Both films are set in a small remote village, involve a man winning the lottery and dying of shock with the winning ticket clutched in his hand, two people conspire to take the winnings, the conspiracy expands to involve the whole village, and a single villager attempts to reveal the conspiracy but dies in a car accident. However director Priyadarshan claims it is "totally and absolutely original". See more »

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Remade as Bhagyalakshmi Bumper Draw (2006) See more »

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Yeh Ajooba
Written by Sai Barve
Composed by Uttank Vora
Performed by Mahalakshmi Iyer and Javed Ali
Courtesy of Universal Music India
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i can't stop laughing!
17 May 2011 | by (China) – See all my reviews

I finally watched "waking ned devine", it was not as funny as I expected. I have to say that I love this one much better.

Here is what I wrote a few weeks ago.

I didn't know that this movie was a remake of the English movie, but it didn't diminish how funny this movie is. The storyline fits with the specific Indian village setting pretty good.

I had to rewind quite a few times just to watch those funny scenes again. It is a comedy, not a history movie, so there is no need to check the facts to see if they are correct or not.

"Chup Chup Ke" was the first Indian comedy that I have seen, I rated that one a 9. I also rated this movie a 9. Those actors were pretty good, and their facial expressions are priceless.

I truly enjoyed it very much. I may watch it again after a few years to have another good laugh.


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