Last week , we witnessed the Farhan AKhtar’s Toofan which showed the making of a champion while this week’s release is yet another boxing tale involving the clash of clan during the 70’s era.
Sarpatta Parambarai introduces us to the world of boxing when people of Madras were crazy about the sports during the 70’s era. However, for Sarpatta and Idiyappa clans, it was more than the boxing – it was the pride of making clan win in the ring.
Directed by Pa Ranjith (Kabali and Kaala), the very first scene of Sarpatta Parambarai when the factory workers leave everything the moment alarm triggers announcing the beginning of the boxing event shows the culture and the mania that has gripped the people of Madras for the challenging sports. We are immediately introduced to the character of Kabilan who is passionate about boxing but never get the chance to prove himself. As the coach of Sarpatta gets the challenge from the rival clan after the defeat, he choses Kabilan who work tirelessly to bring down the undefeated champion Vembuli. Like other boxing flicks, Sarpatta Parambarai also shows how the once popular Kabilan gets shadowed under wrath of revengeful act, alcoholism and petty crime. Despite all odds, he makes a comeback and does it best with the a crucial boxing climax scene. I also loved the fight scene between Dancing Rose (Shabeer Kallarakkal) and Kabilan which is brilliantly choreographed that you want to keep watching it again and again.
Sarpatta Parambarai does suffer from duration which is close to 2 hours 53 minutes that does not favor the momentum it builds up initially. Also, the screenplay suffers with a predictable climax, though saved by a good punch in the end. However, the beautiful art direction by T Ramalingam and astonishing camera work by Murali G. transforms you the world of Madras during the 70’s era along with superb background score by Santhosh Narayanan.
Sarpatta Parambarai is enhanced with a very good characters performances. Arya as Kabilan steals the show and performs the role as it was tailor-made for him. Ditto for Pasupathu who plays Kabilan’s coach, Dushara Vijayan as Mariamma and John Vijay as Daddy who brings value to the boxing drama.
Overall, Sarpatta Parambarai is probably one of the best sports drama ever to come out in Indian Cinema which gives a knockout performance. Excellent 3.5/5.
The boxing drama is produced by Neelam Productions and K9 studios and is currently streaming on Amazon prime.