Malamaal Weekly (2006)

 ●  Hindi ● 2 hrs 20 mins

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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 compromise and decide to share the one crore prize. They decide to toss the body in the river. Then Kanhaiya, who wants to marry Lilaram's daughter, Sukhmani, comes by, he overhears, and is also made a partner. Kanhaiya is asked to dispose off the body, which he does. The next day when Lilaram telephones the lottery office, he is told that Anthony had already phoned in his winning number. Lilaram, Kanhaiya, and Balwant rush to get Anthony's body back, which they find perched on a tree, as Kanhaiya had not done a good job. They take the body back and it is there that they are met by Anthony's estranged sister, Mary, who also knew about the winning ticket. After a few clarifications, Mary, her husband, and her child are also made partners. Then the sky literally falls on them when they find several village businessmen, to whom Anthony owed money, assembled in front of the house to collect their dues. They too are inducted as partners and then begins the trial of convincing the Lottery Inspector, Jayesh Agarwal, that Anthony is alive. Watch hilarious chaos unfold when Baj Bahadur, who also wants to marry Sukhmani, finds out about the winning lottery ticket.
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Cast: Om Puri, Paresh Rawal, Reema Sen, Riteish Deshmukh

Crew: Priyadarshan Nair (Director), Sameer Arya (Director of Photography), Uttankk V Vorra (Music Director)

Rating: U (India)

Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance

Release Dates: 10 Mar 2006 (India)

Hindi Name: मालामाल वीकली

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Did you know? 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". Read More
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as Balwant/Ballu
as Lilaram/Leel
as Sukhmani
as Kanhaiya
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as Jayesh Agarwal
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as Chokheylal/Kanhaiya's Father
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as Bajbahadur/Baje
as Mary
as Joseph
Supporting Actress
as Karamkali

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Film Type:
Feature Film
Language:
Hindi
Colour Info:
Color
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
Stereoscopy:
No
Music Label: Universal Music India
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Music Director: Uttankk V Vorra
Playback Singer: Javed Ali, Mahalakshmi Iyer
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Music Director: Uttankk V Vorra
Lyricist: Nawab Arzoo
Playback Singer: Karsan Sargathia
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Music Director: Uttankk V Vorra
Lyricist: Nitin Raikwar
Playback Singer: Vaishali Samant
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Music Director: Uttankk V Vorra
Lyricist: Nitin Raikwar
Playback Singer: Javed Ali, Shreya Ghoshal
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Music Director: Uttankk V Vorra
Playback Singer: Javed Ali, Mahalakshmi Iyer
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".

The film was remade in Telugu as "Bhagyalakshmi Bumper Draw" and in Kannada as "Dakota Picture".

The storyline has similarities with "Waking Ned Devine".
Movie Connection(s):
Remade as: Bhagyalakshmi Bumper Draw (Telugu)