SARPATTA PARAMBARAI MOVIE REVIEW
Actor Arya starrer ‘Sarpatta Parambarai’, a sports drama directed by Pa Ranjith is one of the long awaited films in Tamil cinema and the film is all set for release. Just like most recent films which have found a way in the OTT space, this film will also release on a popular OTT platform on July 22, due to the restriction on theatre during the COVID-19 pandemic situation.
The film made as a full-fledged action-packed action film. Produced by Ranjith’s Neelam Productions and K9 Studios.
The film has Arya in the lead and Dushara Vijayan as the heroine. The film revolves around a clash between two clans in North Chennai.
Film will be showcasing the boxing culture that existed in the North Madras in the 80s.
He is revered like a god by Kabilan (Arya), whose mother has wielded humiliation like a weapon to dissuade him from learning boxing. She has her reasons — Kabilan’s father Munirathnam was a celebrated boxer but was forced to take to crime to make a living. The life in crime cost Munirathnam his life. Kabilan’s mother now holds the sport responsible for her husband’s death. She fears that if Kabilan becomes a boxer, his skills will also be misused by criminals.
Boxing, however, is in Kabilan’s genes and in his destiny.
Sarpatta Parambarai is more than just a story about Kabilan and his passion for the contact sport. It is about the challenges of growing up in a tough neighbourhood where people don’t hate you because of what you do, but because of who you are.
Ranjith’s storytelling is also reflective of the turbulent political period in the country’s history and the earth-shattering changes that it ushered in. The entire first half of the film plays out under the shadow of the Emergency imposed by the then Indira Gandhi government. In the second half, the focus shifts to the stormy politics of Tamil Nadu.
Rangan who arrested and sent to jail on account of his association with the DMK party. When he gets out of jail, he sees MG Ramachandran has broken away from the mothership and has started his own political party. When Rangan goes home, he sees a picture of MGR hanging on a wall. His son Vetriselvan (Kalaiyarasan) has become a follower of the political leader. The divisions in personal relationships now appear more wide and deep. Ranjith’s screenplay is replete with keen observations and subtle but powerful narrative jolts.
Besides Ranjith’s engrossing screenplay, the mainstay of the film is boxing matches. The director does a remarkable job in setting up energetic fight situations, which usually involves the pride of one man or a clan. Even the action that takes place inside the ring is entertaining and feels authentic, unlike anything we have seen in Tamil movies.
The Conclusion: SARPATTA PARAMBARAI MOVIE REVIEW
However, towards the final act, Ranjith runs out of tricks. The training montage and the emotional depth of the act feel highly derivative of everything that the director has done in the previous two acts.
The climax doesn’t achieve the emotional high of the interval sequence, which is something of a shock.
Sarpatta Parambarai is arguably the best boxing film in the history of Tamil cinema. It is because the bar for combat sport films set by Ranjith’s predecessors was quite low. In a way, Ranjith has broken new ground in the genre by simply trying to be mindful of the sport he’s dealing with.
He has tried to show boxing as authentically as possible. Sarpatta Parambarai isn’t a giant leap for the genre, but it takes first baby steps in the right direction.
Sarpatta Parambarai is streaming on Amazon Prime Video.