Onbathu Kuzhi Sampath

Onbathu Kuzhi Sampath is a 2020 Indian Tamil-language village based romantic drama film written and directed by Ja. Raghupathy. It is produced by 80-20 Pictures and stars Balaji Maharaja, Nikhila Vimal, and Appukutty.[1] The film began production in 2016, but was delayed and released in 2020.[2] The film is based on Onbathu Kuzhi, a village game that involves marbles.[3] Balaji Maharaja plays a man who is an expert at the game while Nikhila Vimal portrays a village woman.[3] Nikhila Vimal shot for this film while shooting for Vetrivel and Kidaari.[4] The film released on Regal Talkies, a TVOD app. on 15 August 2020. This is the first Tamil feature film to be telecast on a pay-per-view model.

Onbathu Kuzhi Sampath
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Film poster
Directed byJa. Raghupathy
Produced byGK Tirunavukarasu
Ranjit Kumar Balu
Written byJa. Raghupathy
StarringBalaji Maharaja
Nikhila Vimal
Music byVa Charlie
CinematographyR. Kolanchi Kumar
Edited byDheena
80-20 Pictures
Distributed byRegal Talkies
Release date
  • 15 August 2020 (2020-08-15)
Running time
127 minutes


The story begins in Trichy and shows Sampath working in a quaint workshop and heads back to his village with loads of money in his hand to get married to his ladylove Vasanthi. The narration is in flashback mode. Sampath a major headache to the villagers whiles away his time playing the 9 hole marble game, drinking and creating nuisance. His life changes when Vasanthi, who normally doesn’t speak to anyone in the village starts a chance conversation with him. This one reason was enough for Sampath to fall in love. This love was naturally un-welcome. To impress her lady love and her family he tidies himself and step into her home to ask her hand. Vasanthi’s family is flabbergasted and blames & doubts Vasanthi for the development. To make her family believe that she isn’t party to his act she decides to do what her family asks her to do. In front of villagers during the village festival she insults Sampath. Sampath is taken aback and feel insulted and locks himself within the four walls of the home. He even attempts for a suicide but stops at the last moment as he thinks this act of his would hurt Vasanthi more. Sami is worried with this development and not able to see his friend in this state confronts Vasanthi. Vasanthi is now moved by this and feels sorry for her act, the act which saved her and her family prestige but spoiled the prestige and reputation of Sampath. She speaks to him and makes him come out of the depression and now both fall in love. To give Vasanthi a decent life and make her parents accept their love Sampath decides to leave the village and move to the city to earn money. They both hide their love with themselves. Sampath leaves the village alone leaving back Vasanthi. The flashback ends and Sampath visits his home after two years. He is asked about the whereabouts of Vasanthi. Sampath is shell shocked. What happened to Vasanthi forms the climax. On the day of parting, Durai sees Sampath and Vasanthi together and this angers him. He hits her with the torch and this blow takes Vasanthi’s life. On hearing the commotion neighbours knock the door. Vislatchi opens the door and says her daughter has eloped with Sampath, this she does to safe guard the family’s honour and prestige. They cremate Vasanthi’s body in the back guard. This truth surfaces. Sampath starts living with the thoughts of Vasanthi.



The songs are composed by Va Charlie.

Song Singer Lyricist
"Pangali" Velmurugan, Belliraj Na. Muthukumar
"Ennenna Idhayathile" Harish Raghavendra Na. Muthukumar
"Oppari" Belliraj Na. Muthukumar
"Kaada Mutta" Prasanna, Padmalatha Karthik Nettha
"Oppari" Belliraj Kanmani Gunasekaran


The film was scheduled to release on 24 July 2020 before the release was delayed to 15 August 2020, hence coinciding with Indian Independence Day.[5]


The Times of India gave the film a rating of one-and-a-half out of five stars and noted that "For most parts of the film, his characters remain generic and we are hardly surprised by their actions".[6] The Hindu Tamil Thisai praised the performances of the lead cast, but criticized the lack of romantic scenes needed for films in the romantic genre.[7] Dinamalar gave the film a rating of two-and-a-quarter out of five stars.[8]


  1. ^ "ஒன்பது குழி சம்பத்". maalaimalar.com. 17 July 2020.
  2. ^ "A Big help to small films". The Hindu. 14 November 2016. Retrieved 18 August 2020.
  3. ^ a b Raghavan, Nikhil (7 May 2016). "ETCETERA" – via www.thehindu.com.
  4. ^ "Vineeth Sreenivasan to play the hero in 'Aravindante Adhithikal'". Sify.
  5. ^ Kumar, Pradeep (6 July 2020). "CV Kumar: Regal Talkies can guarantee fair share of revenue to Tamil film producers" – via www.thehindu.com.
  6. ^ "Onbathu Kuzhii Sampath Movie Review: An earnest but dated melodrama" – via timesofindia.indiatimes.com.
  7. ^ "முதல் பார்வை: ஒன்பது குழி சம்பத்". Hindu Tamil Thisai.
  8. ^ "ஒன்பது குழி சம்பத் - விமர்சனம் {2.25/5} : ஒன்பது குழி சம்பத் - ஆழம் குறைவு - onbathu kuzhi sampath". cinema.dinamalar.com.

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