Priyadarshan resurfaces with Malamaal
It's total paisa vasool, writes Diganta Guha.View pics|?Malamaal  close to reality?india Updated: Mar 11, 2006 13:28 IST
Cast: Paresh Rawal, Om Puri, Riteish Deshmukh, Reemma Sen, Rajpal Yadav, Sudha Chandran, Shakti Kapoor and Arbaaz Khan
Director Priyadarshan is back in form. The simple humour that we usually associate with his films,Hera Pheri and Hungama to mention a few,resurfaces in Malamaal Weekly.
There are no stars, but who needs them if there is a tight script and powerful actors like Paresh Rawal, Om Puri, Rajpal Yadav and Riteish Deshmukh.
Malamaal Weekly is a laugh riot with substance. The premise is simple, money can make you change. The story is set in a village where making two ends meet is next to impossible for its inhabitants.
The winning of a lottery by a man who dies soon after he gets the good news makes the villagers greedy. The director also exposes the fallacy that all villagers are innocent. There’s a romantic angle too (Riteish and Reemma), a villain (Rajpal), a small item song featuring Rakhi Sawant but it’s also neatly packaged. The absence of any other song also makes it watchable. Perhaps, Priyadarshan has learnt his lessons from
Keeping up with times is okay but you need to bank on what you are good at.
Performance wise, Paresh Rawal as the lottery ticket seller is outstanding, to say the least. He is ably supported by Om Puri. However, the director hasn’t put the film entirely on their shoulders. They are in two pivotal roles but the director has given equal footage to everyone, including Shakti Kapoor who gets to play a small but substantial role after a long time.
Malamaal is close to reality: Priyan
Every film teaches something: Riteish
Both Riteish and Reemma are talented and look great together. Riteish is getting his due as an actor and Reemma is an actor to look out for. She exudes elegance and has the right get up. Hopefully, she will get noticed after
However, the film is not without flaws. The end stretches. Rajpal is a bit stereotyped at times. And what was Arbaaz Khan doing in the film? Perhaps, Priyadarshan could have got someone else for the role of the lottery instructor. Was his a special appearance?