What is the story about?
The story of Sarpatta Parambarai is set in 1975, where a constantly popping rivalry between the Sarpatta and the Idiyappam gangs is underway. Arya plays Kabilan, a man who has grown up watching Rangan (Pasupathy) train his students for the game of boxing, trying their best to take down the Idiyappam Parambarai and their skilled boxers. As his team of boxers begin to fall down, Rangan has no other choice to lend a choice to Kabilan, who proves his worth through an in-house duel. But what happens later isnt a road that is smooth as silk.
It’s time to celebrate Ranjith’s return to form, as the director pulls up his socks and returns to his strengths through this intense, rooted drama where each character has a story of their own. The film is packed with well-written moments, superbly staged scenes, a good range of emotions and four boxing sequences that simply breathe fire. Ranjith ensures that he does a good load of research so every scene of his is carefully sketched out, and adheres to the mood so well that the audience have no room to lose their attention on the proceedings. Sarpatta Parambarai is equally balanced with its emotional weight and elevation sequences, which help it big time in making it an engaging film on the whole.
It has been long since a director has made perfect use of Arya’s skills, physique and his plus points, and boy Ranjith has done a solid job in bringing the actor’s best to the fore. Arya’s innocent act in the beginning of the film takes a long transformation step by step, with his character being fully established only at the end. Pasupathy is the next in the list, bringing up a terrific performance in a character that is tailor-made for him. The characters around Arya, such as his mom Anupama Kumar, wife Dushaara, friends Santhosh Prathap and Kalaiarasan as well as the adversaries in John Kokken and Shabbir are excellent altogether. In this list, Kalaiarasan and Shabbir (Dancing Rose) deserve a special mention for carrying out their roles superbly.
Music & Other Departments
Santhosh Narayanan once again contributes an international score for the film, with the song Neeye Oli being the backbone of the proceedings. The musicality that he brings in for the film is supreme, be it the songs or the background score. On the other hand, the cinematography of the film is neatly done, falling in line with the period setting and the backdrop.
Arya’s top-tier performance and Ranjith’s watertight narrative make this a good watch, even though it runs for 3 hours.
The film slows down a bit in the second half and follows a tried-and-tested path.
Did I enjoy it?
Yes. This film had a lot going for it and comes out as a punchy sports drama.
Do I recommend it?
Yes. Sarpatta Parambarai is one of the neatest films to come out in recent times, and is a great return to form for Ranjith.