Mr. Sampath – The Printer of Malgudi

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Mr. Sampath - The Printer of Malgudi
Author R.K. Narayan
Country India
Genre Novel
Publisher Eyre
Publication date
Media type Print
ISBN 978-1-4000-4477-1
OCLC 64574159
823/.914 22
LC Class PR9499.3.N3 A6 2006b
Preceded by The English Teacher
Followed by The Financial Expert

Mr. Sampath – The Printer of Malgudi is a 1949 novel by R. K. Narayan. It was adapted into the films Mr. Sampat (Hindi, 1952) and Miss Malini (Tamil, 1947). They were the only collaborative film scripts of his novels that R. K. Narayan involved himself with; they were produced under the famous Gemini Studios banner.

Critical Reception[edit]

Mr Sampath (Hindi) is one of the films featured in Avijit Ghosh's book, 40 Retakes: Bollywood Classics You May Have Missed


Mr. Sampath – The Printer of Malgudi keeping with R.K;'s novels has a very simple storyline. As ever, R.K. elevates the novel with his captivating characterization and scintillating storytelling, not to mention his deft diction.

There are a few business relations that demand two people work so closely that it may easily turn into an intimate bonding of hearts. A doctor and nurse, director and actor, opening batsmen in a cricket team, and an editor and a printer. To bring out the journal The Banner, Mr. Shrinivas, the editor, and Mr. Sampath, the printer, have to work together. The two entirely contrasting good-hearted characters forge a great partnership that makes The Banner the cynosure of all eyes in Malgudi.

However, a situation arises and they have to temporarily discontinue the journal. Not to lay idle, they join hands with a film-making company where they have to trace varying paths, with their special bond still very deep. A love affair with the actress of the movie makes life difficult for the daring and over-ambitious Sampath, while the ethnic and ethical Shrinivas has his problems of over-responsibility, too. Some sour incidents in the studio force Shrinivas to quit and revive his Banner with another printer, a thing that doesn't seem to bother Sampath caught entirely in the charm of the heroine. But Sampath comes back after the loss of the lady, his family, his wealth, fame, and peace. The story ends in a gripping manner when he confides in his good old friend Shrinivas. And as one expects from a novel by R.K. Narayan, you finish the story with a very heavy heart.