Sarpatta Parambarai Movie Review
A splendidly narrated boxing drama that is led by Arya’s terrific performance.
Story & Narration
Technical Aspects & Music
It is time for director Ranjith to return to his strengths in style, as he brings out a largely gripping drama in Sarpatta Parambarai, a well-written and well-presented drama that has boxing at its very core and does justice to almost every character in the mix. The level of research that has gone into the film is evident on screen, as the period getting is on the money and has an enjoyable vibe to it too, which makes it an entertaining and engaging film to watch.
Sarpatta Parambarai shifts the focus onto the boxing rivalries in the 70s between the Sarpatta Parambarai and the Idiyappam Parambarai, who are at loggerheads with the presence of talented boxers on both sides. The film tracks the growth of Kabilan (Arya), a man who works at a factory, who changes paths and wins himself the love of his people, only to be piled up with challenges at every turn.
The first half of the film showcases the rise of the character and how he goes on to become a trusted boxer, while the second half travels with his fall and his redemption in the field.
Ranjith’s storyline is basic, but he makes sure that his storytelling pattern has lots of intriguing elements that keep us invested in the proceedings. The film moves on from one boxing event to the other, intertwining the emotional connect and the drama between the gangs together, and does a great job in putting down its social commentary as well.
Arya delivers a very good performance in the lead role, contributing a big chunk of the film’s output and owning the action sequences with his well-chiseled physique and confident outlook. This is another good show from the actor, who is ably supported by the entire supporting cast who all come up with superb performances that are tough to nitpick at.
The cinematography and the art direction in the film are of great quality, bringing in the period setting very organically and not making it look in a filmy fashion. Santhosh Narayanan’s outstanding score makes him continue his track record, with a lot of interesting themes and the Neeye Oli track lighting it up.
On the whole, Sarpatta Parambarai is easily one of Ranjith’s best works as a filmmaker, and it brings forth some solid boxing sequences making it one of the neatest sports dramas in Tamil cinema in the recent past. Do see it. Sarpatta Parambarai Movie Review by Siddarth Srinivas