The high-octane sports drama packs some serious punch (literally) with boxing as its epicentre.
The much-anticipated period sports drama, directed by Pa. Ranjith, featuring Arya, John Kokken, and Pasupathy in prominent roles, hit the screens recently via Amazon Prime Video. The film, centred on boxing, depicts the tale of two famous English boxing clans from North Madras in the 70s, who compete and fight against one another in a clash of power, pride, and egos.
To play and look at their parts perfectly, the actors who portray boxers had to go through extensive training and intensive physical workout sessions. In the process, the actors developed a distinct style and technique for their characters, similar to those of real-life boxers. Die-hard boxing enthusiasts will absolutely love the film, because they may be able to spot some similarities between the characters’ methods and actions that remind the viewers of their favourite boxing superstars.
1. Kabilan (Essayed by Arya) - Muhammad Ali
Arya plays the role of the feisty and determined Kabilan, the lead protagonist of the movie. Known for being a fitness freak and intense workout sessions, Arya is also a proclaimed fan of boxing and apparently has been training for the past two years himself.
For this movie, Arya is said to have taken inspiration from Muhammad Ali, known as probably the greatest ever boxer of all time. Apart from boxing, the character also draws various parallels with Ali’s own life. Here’s a bonus piece of trivia: The title song of the movie features one of the most Muhammad Ali phrases - "float like a butterfly, sting like a killer bee".
2. Vembuli (Essayed by John Kokken) - Mike Tyson
John Kokken plays the role of Vembuli - the one guy who everyone is vying to defeat at least once. He is virtually unbeatable and is extremely menacing. For his role and technique, Kokken is said to have been inspired by none other than Mike Tyson, as this character matches his rough and aggressive spirit.
Known as one of the greatest heavyweight boxers of all time, Tyson had an incredibly powerful aura about him, and an equally great sporting legacy that celebrates him as one of the greatest. Kokken not only took inspiration from his technique but also channelled his attitude and demeanour into playing the token guy with shades of grey in the film.
3. Dancing Rose (Essayed by ShabeerKallarackal) - Naseem Hameed AKA Prince Naseem
Those who are even remotely acquainted with the sport of boxing know NaseemHamed as ‘Prince Hameed’, a flamboyant boxer with unique techniques and swift, fluidic movements that almost mimic a dance form. ‘Dancing Rose’ is a name derived from the similar techniques of Prince Hameed that were incorporated into Shabeer’s distinctive boxing routine that eventually became his character’s style in the movie. Being trained in the martial arts and as someone who trains extensively, Shabeer was able to pull off this nuanced routine that not only exudes class but also packs a powerful punch.
4. Raman (essayed by SanthoshPrathap) - George Foreman A.K.A Big George
With 68 knockouts to his fame, SanthoshPrathap’s character, - Raman, in SarpattaParambarai, is a fitting tribute to the boxing legend. George Foreman remains one of the oldest heavyweight champions in the history of international boxing and has been inducted into the World Boxing Hall of Fame and the International Boxing Hall of Fame. Santhosh’s Raman embodies the spirit of Big George, making sure that every knock lands perfectly, in sync.
To watch your boxing legends come to life through these brilliant actors, tune in to Amazon Prime Video on the 22nd to catch SarpattaParambarai!