Onbadhu Roobai Nottu (English: Nine-rupee banknote) is a 2007 Tamil drama film directed by Thangar Bachan, based on Bachan's own same-titled novel. It depicts the tragic life and fall of Madhava Padayachi, a simple villager, played by Sathyaraj, and his family. Also starring Archana, Nassar and Rohini in supporting roles, the film was released on 30 November 2007 to high critical acclaim.
Madhava Padayachi (Sathyaraj) narrates his life to a young man who saves him from shame. He goes to his home village by a bus and feels for Madhava Padayachi who was a rich farmer long time back in his village. Madhavar, as he is fondly called, his wife Velayi (Archana) and their three sons live a happy life in their village. He is an honest and hard working farmer who will do anything for others. And he is well respected by everyone in the village. Velayi is his strength but the others in the family do not approve of his nature especially in money matters.
However, Dhandapani (Shivasankar), a close relative, instigates Madhavar's children and makes them to speak harshly to their father. This deeply hurts Madhavar and he leaves his home along with his wife. Madhavar goes to his good old friend Hajabhai (Nasser) and his wife Kameela (Rohini) and accommodates himself in their house. Hajabhai was helped by Madhavar in his bad times in the past. But an unforeseen incident makes Madhavar to leave Hajabhai's home and he sets off on a long journey that recalls his past years of his life. Rest of the film shows his journey as an old man and how fate plays its role.Sathyaraj as Madhava Padayachi
Archana as Velayi
Nassar as Hajabhai
Rohini as Kameela
Sivashankar as Dhandapani
The film was launched in February 2004 and progressed slowly through production.
Behindwoods wrote:"Thankar Bachan has all elements of his creative genius and is sure to make an impact as a masterpiece among true movie lovers.Onbadhu Roobai Nottu is sure to find favors among true movie buffs and would entice great circulation especially among people who love films as passionately as any art form.The film may find good patrons among women and is sure to represent Indian cinema in many of the international film festivals."
Malathi Rangarajan of The Hindu wrote "Thankar Bachan’s films follow certain laudable norms.‘Onbadhu Roobai …’ is another such. Satyaraj’s admirable underplay ought to catapult him to the National Award bracket straightway. You cannot forget this Madhavar for a long time to come."
Indiaglitz wrote:"Thankar Bachachn is one of the rare filmmakers in Tamil industry, who believe in story rather than stars or fanfare. He has chosen a strong story and selected the cast accordingly. His handling of the stars and execution of the scenes are praiseworthy."
Rediff wrote:"If movie critics' words are taken seriously by the mandarins in the Union Information and Broadcasting Ministry and those in their panel to choose the best actor, anyone having watched Onbathu
would undoubtedly vote for Sathyaraj as the best actor at the national level."
Best Actor Award for Sathyaraj at VIjay Awards given by STAR Vijay group.