'Malamaal Weekly' is a realistic comedyMar 8, 2006 IANS
New Delhi, March 9 (IANS) After several star-packed comedies like "Hungama", "Hulchul" and "Garam Masala", director Priyadarshan is ready with another one this Friday titled "Malamaal Weekly".
So far he has been remaking his Malayalam hits in Hindi. But this one boasts of an original script and realistic situations.
Shot in a real village, "Malamaal Weekly" tries to examine social problems with humour. The film is set in a small town plagued by poverty, bad harvests and a moneylender. The people in this village are barely able to make both ends meet.
In this village lives Lilaram (Paresh Rawal), the only educated man who earns his livelihood by selling Malamaal Weekly Lottery tickets. One day he learns from a TV report that one of the tickets he had sold has won the Rs.10-million bumper prize.
As most other villagers are illiterate and don't have access to TV Lilaram decides to track down the winner and his mind starts working overtime.
He throws a party for the 105 customers on the condition that they will bring their tickets as an invitation to the celebrations. As luck would have it, all of them turn up except Anthony, the winner.
Disappointed, Lilaram decides to pay him a visit. On reaching Anthony's house, he finds him lying dead in front of the TV set. What follows from thereon is a roller coaster ride of unusual events with surprising twists and turns.
Om Puri's antics in the role of a milkman called Balwant, who tries to keep his servant Kanhaiya (Riteish Deshmukh) away from his daughter Sukhmani (Reema Sen), adds more humour to this laugh-riot.
The film also stars Shakti Kapoor, Rakhi Sawant, Rajpal Yadav, Sudha Chandran and Asrani.
Priaydarshan has shot the film in a village and most of the characters are real too.
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