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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.

Director:

Priyadarshan

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Manisha Korde (dialogue), Priyadarshan (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

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

India

Language:

Hindi

Release Date:

10 March 2006 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Hauptgewinn See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$57,415, 17 March 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$204,612, 26 March 2006
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Trivia

The film was rated poorly by most critics in India but was a surprise hit among cinema-goers. See more »

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Remade as Bhagyalakshmi Bumper Draw (2006) See more »

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Sun Mere Mitwa
Written by Nawab Arzoo
Composed by Uttank Vora
Performed by Karsan Sargathiya
Courtesy of Universal Music India
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One of the funniest movies I have seen in a long while
29 April 2006 | by sashamiSee all my reviews

This movie is one of the best I have seen coming out of India. It has a very complex plot that is very well put together. The acting is top notch. The movie is also one of the funniest I have seen in a long time. It made me laugh and laugh and laugh. Highly Recommended !!! Someone wrote that it is inspired by another movie. Most movies have been inspired by some other movie or story. The movie is set in a small and very poor village in modern day India and is about a lottery ticket reseller whose customer wins 1 crore rupees. The man dies of happiness but not before he has told his estranged sister and half the village. What follows is a riot of side splittingly funny events as the lottery ticket reseller tries to keep it a secret and in the process make some money.


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