“Waking Ned Devine” opens with the news that someone in the Irish hamlet of Tullymore (population 53–uh, 52) has won the National Lottery. Who could it be? The locals, who have lived in one another’s pockets for years, snoop and gossip, and seize upon the slightest deviation from habit as proof that someone expects a windfall. But there are no leads, and finally in desperation a chicken supper is held, at which the winner will perhaps be revealed. No luck.
But one person doesn’t attend the dinner: Ned Devine. Alas, since Ned Devine is dead, the money will be recycled back into the kitty for next week’s drawing.Right? Not on your life.
Jackie and Michael hatch a plan to fool the visiting official from Dublin, who after all has never laid eyes on Ned in his life (few have, outside of Tullymore). Michael will impersonate Ned. The whole town will of course have to be in on the scheme, and so Jackie and Michael draw up an agreement in which their friends and neighbors will join in the deception and share in the prize. [Waking Ned Devine]
That was the review of the British film, Waking Ned Divine. Now here are snippets from Priyadarshan’s interview on his new movie Malamaal Weekly
In the film, Paresh Rawal is the one who has sold the ticket and he knows that one is the winning ticket. So he is trying to find out where the ticket is. So he has a party in the house with a nautanki. The idea is to check everybody’s ticket. The nautanki is a part of the party.
Paresh and Om Puri have an equal role in the film. Both of them are trying to cheat a lottery company. The whole village is holding a secret. The movie revolves around a chain of events. The end of the film is a full slapstick change. I’m sure that anybody who loves a cartoon will love this film. [‘I’ve to say a big sorry to Salman, I let him down’]
In the movie Thanmatra, the character Rameshan Nair, played by Mohanlal catches Alzheimer’s disease and starts forgetting common things. In Kerala this syndrome is now known as Rameshan Nair syndrome.
In the interview Priyadarshan adds that this movie is not a remake like most of his other Hindi movies. He has forgotten to mention the inspiration from England, like how he forgot to mention how Vandanam was inspired by Stakeout or Kakkakuyil was inspired by A Fish called Wanda. Seems like Priyadarshan too has got the Rameshan Nair syndrome.