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Malamaal Weekly (2006)

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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Lilaram 'Lila'
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Balwant 'Balu'
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Kanhaiya - Chokhey's son (as Ritesh Deshmukh)
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Sukhmani 'Sukhi'
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Baj 'Bajey' Bahadur
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Chokhey
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Joseph
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Jayesh Agarwal
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Anthony Joseph Fernandes (as Innocent)
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Thakurain
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Mary
Priyanshi
Ravindranath
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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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Opening Weekend:

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

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$204,612 (USA) (24 March 2006)
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The film was remade in Telugu as Bhagyalakshmi Bumper Draw and in Kannada as Dakota Picture. Priyadarshan himself remade the film in Malayalam as Aamayum Muyalum. See more »

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Remake of Waking Ned Devine (1998) See more »

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If a dead man wins a lotto ticket, who will the money go to?
12 March 2006 | by See all my reviews

This movie is worth watching- that is if you want the time to pass and if you're bored out of you're mind. It was quite humorous, but not very memorable. I think this movie would have been excellent if only it was cut about an hour or so, because it really did drag on.

The characters were brilliantly casted, and the acting was very well rehearsed. But honestly, this movie isn't worth three hours of you're time. It's unique, because the whole plot isn't some sappy love story, but the again it really does DRAG ON.

I'll say that one more time to make myself clear. This movie really does DRAG ON.

Watch this if you're bored out of you're mind, and want to see something humorous, but not "memorable humorous." I mean, after the movie ends, you won't be like "Oh, ha-ha! I remember when so-and-so did that- classic!" You're reaction will more be like "huh. That was not too bad. What's for dinner?"


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