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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'
Ritesh Deshmukh ...
Kanhaiya - Chokhey's son
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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)

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$204,612 (USA) (24 March 2006)
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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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Written by Nitin Raikwar
Composed by Uttank Vora
Performed by Vaishali Samant
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Just a knock off of a much better movie
14 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

For some reason I think this probably violates some sort of copy-write law. This is the exact same plot line as an Irish movie made in 1998 called Waking Ned Divine.

Similarities such as holding a dinner to find the winner; discovering the actual winner has died from shock after discovering he's won; and bringing the town together to trick the lottery official. The similarities in plot line and characters are too close to be coincidence.

Watch Ned Divine before calling this movie hilarious and original. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0166396/


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