Gaali Sampath

Gaali Sampath (transl. "Wind" Sampath) is a 2021 Indian Telugu-language survival drama film directed by Anish Krishna from a screenplay written by Anil Ravipudi. The film stars Rajendra Prasad, Sree Vishnu, and Lovely Singh while Tanikella Bharani, and Satya play supporting roles. Prasad and Vishnu play a father-son duo. Music is composed by Achu Rajamani. Released on 11 March 2021, the film was a commercial failure at the box office.[2]

Gaali Sampath
Gaali Sampath poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byAnish Krishna
Screenplay byAnil Ravipudi
Mirchi Kiran (dialogue)
Story byS. Krishna
Produced byS. Krishna
Harish Peddi
Sahu Garapati
CinematographySai Sriram
Edited byB. Tammiraju
Music byAchu Rajamani
Imagespark Entertainment
Shine Screens
Release date
  • 11 March 2021 (2021-03-11)[1]


Sampath, a Radio Jockey whose ambition is to be an actor, loses his wife and his voice in an accident that occurred on a rainy day. As he can only make blowing noises, he is nicknamed "Gaali Sampath". Years later he lives with his son Suri who's a trucker with respiratory problems. Suri falls in love with the village head's daughter. He convinces the chief by assuring him that he would only marry his daughter if he is capable of settling in life. He gets 5 Lakh rupees cash from a bank manager with a promise that he would return the money in a week and store it in a cabinet.

Sampath gets a chance to participate in a competition, but he has to pay the guy who booked the slot to give up his chance for 5 lakh rupees. Sampath asks his friend who is in love with the chief's daughter, who tries to sabotage Suri's marriage by asking Sampath to create a ruckus so the chief would cancel their marriage. Sampath not knowing that his son loves her beats the chief and reports to his friend who betrays him.

Sampath takes the money in the cabinet with hopes to repay his son after winning the competition for prize money of 8 Lakhs. He acts as a mime unable to feed his baby due to poverty. The audience is moved by his performance. On the same day, his son feels betrayed by his father for sabotaging all his plans and leaves the house. Sampath, depressed tries to curse the rain for taking away everything perfect in his life and slips to fall into a deep well and is knocked out of consciousness. Sampath overhears his son telling him that he is better on his own and tells everyone that his father is better dead than alive. Sampath after hearing this desperately tries to kill himself.

Suri meanwhile learns the real intentions from his father's friend, upon learning what his father had to sacrifice for his well-being, he begins searching for his father. Desperate, he stops near the well where the chief asks Suri to stop searching for Sampath and marry his daughter to move on with his life. Suri refuses and speaks highly of his father, upon hearing this Sampath motivated tries to get out of the well.

As he makes progress with items he finds inside the well, he nears the brim of the well only for it to start raining and him losing his grip to fall down. Meanwhile, Suri goes into a panic attack and loses his breathing, while Sampath starts cursing the rain he finds out that the rain facilitates him to swim to the top and get out of the well. Although injured, he provides medication to Suri and passes out of exhaustion from his attempt to escape the well. After a few days, Sampath wins the first prize in the competition and uses the money to repay Suri's debt along with helping him buy a new truck. On the same day when it starts to rain instead of cursing it, he starts to dance and enjoy the rain showing his new take on life.



The film was announced in October 2020. Later, the film was launched and muhurat shot was done on 16 November 2020 at Ramanaidu Studios in Hyderabad, India.[3] Principal photography of the film began in the same month of November. Most of the scenes were shot in Uttarandhra region of Andhra Pradesh.[4] S. Krishna wrote the story and co-produced the film while Anil Ravipudi scripted the film and supervised the direction department.[5][6]


The film was theatrically released on 11 March 2021.[7] Later, Gaali Sampath is released digitally though Aha and Amazon Prime on 19 March 2021.[8]


The Indian Express critic Gabetta Ranjith Kumar stated that the characterisation and Rajendra Prasad's portrayal of Gaali Sampath are the positive aspects of the film.[9] Y. Sunitha Chowdhary of The Hindu felt that film was not engaging enough and wrote "Loud characters become a liability in this survival drama."[10]

A reviewer from the The Hans India gave a positive review for the film, writing that "Gaali Sampath is a first of its kind attempt in Telugu cinema and has been executed perfectly."[11] Jalapathy Gudelli in his review for Sify concluded that "Rajendra Prasad’s strong performance and Sree Vishnu’s acting are the only good parts. Lame writing and old-school narration have diluted the emotional angle of the film."[12]


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  2. ^ "పాపం 'గాలి సంపత్' అప్పుడే ఓటీటీ బాట!". Sakshi (in Telugu). 17 March 2021. Retrieved 18 March 2021.
  3. ^ "'Gaali Sampath': Sree Vishnu starrer goes on floors in Hyderabad - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 25 January 2021.
  4. ^ "Sree Vishnu and Rajendra Prasad shoot for Gaali Sampath at Araku - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 25 January 2021.
  5. ^ "Anil Ravipudi turns screenplay writer for Sree Vishnu's next Gaali Sampath - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 25 January 2021.
  6. ^ "'Gaali Sampath' a bagful of comedy, emotions". Telangana Today. Retrieved 27 February 2021.
  7. ^ "Jathi Ratnalu and Gaali Sampath to hit screens on March 11 - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 25 January 2021.
  8. ^ "'Gaali Sampath' makers announce OTT premiere date within a week of its theatrical release". Republic World. Retrieved 18 March 2021.
  9. ^ "Gaali Sampath Movie Review: Rajendra Prasad is the saving grace of this film". The Indian Express. 11 March 2021. Retrieved 18 March 2021.
  10. ^ Chowdhary, Y. Sunita (11 March 2021). "'Gaali Sampath' movie review: Not engaging enough". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 18 March 2021.
  11. ^ "Gaali Sampath Movie Review & Rating {3.25/5}". The Hans India. 11 March 2021. Retrieved 18 March 2021.
  12. ^ "Gaali Sampath review: A middling father-son story". Sify. Retrieved 18 March 2021.

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