Sarpatta Parambarai; a movie beyond boxing thrills

Meghna K

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Sarpatta Parambarai

The latest directorial venture Sarpatta Prambarai of Pa Ranjith, starring Arya, excels in its treatment of two parallel storylines. Ranjith had cautiously intertwined a plot of sports action movie with the Tamil folklife of 1970s. The trend of creating movies on the pride of Tamilians over their clan or culture is being received well. Though the first half of the movie has been built on the emergence of Kabila as a fine boxer who takes up the responsibility of reviving his boxing clan, the second half offers a different perspective to the audience.

Sarpatta Parambarai manifests the Tamil sensibility that can embrace the outside culture without ruining their own tradition. This is how, boxing, a sport introduced by the coloniser later emerged to be a matter of honour for several groups in many regions of Tamil Nadu.

Tamil movie industry is always keen to address the social and political turmoil of the state. Similar issue has been taken up by Ranjith in Sarpatta too. Even though a clan of boxers is desperate to protect their own repute, the caste based biases separate them. It brings insecurities in the so called upper class when a person they looked down upon ascends to success and fame.

Recently many movies including Pariyerum Perumal and Karnan were acclaimed for voicing against casteism. Among them, Pariyerum Perumal set a benchmark as it depicted the savagely cruel face of casteism, by still remaining hopeful.

The characters played by Arya, Pashupati, Dushara Vijayan, John Vijay and Anupama Kumar outstood with their performances. The character of Dancing Rose also turned out to be interesting. Apart from vengeance and social stigmas, the story unravels heart touching bonds among some characters beyond blood relations.

The film was also successful in recreating the past through both setting and by incorporating the sociopolitical milieu of a period in which national emergency existed. Ranjith has shelved his Hindi language biopic on Birsa Munda to start the work of Sarpatta Parambarai.

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