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IANS
10/13/2004 12:00:00 AM

PriyadarshanHis brand of comedy has worked its magic at the box-office so far but his forthcoming film, MALAMAAL WEEKLY, will see comedy specialist Priyadarshan introduce a new form or ?realistic comedy?.  ?Most of the characters in my comedies have always been an exaggerated lot but this one will have characters for real like the local milkman, the barber, the butcher and the shoe-maker. The film is definitely a laughable one but a realistic one, but people may just get the impression that they are watching humor in an art film,? Priyadarshan says. In fact, he has decided to make this a permanent feature of all his situational comedies in the future. ?I have always stuck to clean comedies and have resorted to double-meaning dialogues in my films to draw audiences but I now intend to make my comedies as natural as possible, the kind that was once witnessed in Hrishikesh Mukherjee films. I am sure it will click with the audiences because the appreciation for quality comedy films has undergone a sea-change. The audiences of today definitely don?t enjoy buffoonery in films,? he says.

MALAMAAL WEEKLY also has another first to his credits in Priyadarshan?s comedy genre. The film is not a re-make of one of his favorite Malyalam hits and happens to be the first among his new series of original stories. ?It is a purely original story not made in any other language so far. Besides it is the first village comedy made by any film-maker so far,? he says.

MALAMAAL WEEKLY tells the story of a poor farmer in a drought-stricken village who sells lottery tickets to eke out a living and realizes that one of the tickets he has sold has won the first prize of Rs 1 crore. The hilarious story unfolds as he diplomatically traces the lottery recipient and manages to get the ticket back.