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Starring: Ritesh Deshmukh,Paresh Rawal,Om Puri,Shakti Kapoor,Rakhi Sawant,Reema Sen,Rajpal Yadav,Sudha Chandran,Asrani
Director: Priyadarshan
Music: Uttankk V.Vorra
Producer: Sahara One,Percept Picture Company

Malaamaal Weekly

Malamaal Weekly is about the struggles and survival of people in a small town. Plagued by poverty, bad harvests and a monster of a moneylender called Karamkali, the people in this town are barely able to make ends meet. Lilaram, one of the town's inhabitants, earns a meager source of income through his business of selling Malamaal Weekly Lottery Tickets. One day, while watching TV at a local tea stall, he learns that one of the tickets he had sold has in fact won the One Crore Rupees Bumper Prize. As most of the other villagers don't own a TV and are illiterate, Lilaram knows that he is privy to this information. The question is how to find that one ticket from the 105 he's sold. An idea hits him!

Lilaram (Paresh Rawal) is one of the town's inhabitants who earns his daily bread by selling Malamaal Weekly lottery tickets. But one fine day, whilst watching television Lilaram learns that one of his lottery tickets sold won the one million prize.

As most of the villagers don't own a TV set and are illiterate, Lilaram knows that he is privy to this information. The question is how to find that one ticket from the 105 he has sold. An idea hits him. Lilaram throws a party: A virtual festivity for the people who are fighting to survive. Lilaram, already debt-ridden, manages to host this party at the expense of his one last asset -- his goat, who is treated like a child by Lilaram's wife. Now, the party is only for his 105 customers on the condition that they bring along their tickets as an invite to the celebrations. As luck would have it, all turn up except one --Anthony [Malayalam actor Innocent], the drunkard. Lilaram decides to pay him a visit. On reaching Anthony's house, he finds Anthony dead in front of the TV. Too shocked on hearing about his victory, Anthony is dead, with the lottery ticket still in his hand.

Music -- there's just one song in the film [filmed on Raakhi Sawant] -- and it's strictly okay. Cinematography [Sameer Arya] is of standard. Dialogues are the highpoint of the enterprise. In fact, a few one-liners have the required punch to create the desired impact. Editing is loose. Paresh Rawal, who has become a fixture in Priyadarshan's movies, is average here. Om Puri hams, Riteish Deshmukh is wasted, and Sudha Chandran and Rajpal Yadav don't come across as tyrant thakurs.

On the whole, Malaamaal Weekly - sorely failed.

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