Sarpatta Parambarai, the upcoming sports drama directed by Pa Ranjith and starring actor Arya in the lead, is headed for a direct OTT release through the streaming platform Amazon Prime Video, a source close to the film’s production unit confirmed to Silverscreen India on Wednesday.
While Sarpatta Parambarai is Arya’s second film to directly stream on an OTT platform after the Tamil fantasy-action film Teddy that released on Disney+ Hotstar earlier this year, it will mark the digital debut of director Pa Ranjith.
The film, which marks the first collaboration of Arya and Ranjith, is also the director’s first sports film. Ranjith is co-producing Sarpatta Parambarai under his home banner Neelam Productions, along with K9 Studios.
Speaking to Silverscreen India, the source, on the condition of anonymity, said, “The talks between the makers and the streaming platform are almost done, but the release date has not yet been finalised. The film’s post production work is almost over with dubbing and re-recording completed.”
The music for Sarpatta Parambarai is composed by Santhosh Narayanan, who is known for scoring the music for all of Ranjith’s previous films. The lyrics have been written by Kabilan, Arivu, and Madras Miran.
The film, which was shot in Chennai, was wrapped in early December 2020 and soon after, the makers released the first look poster of the film, featuring Arya as a boxer.
The story revolves around the boxing culture in North Chennai during the 1970-80s. Speaking to Silverscreen India earlier, the publicity manager of the film, Guna, had said that the film will show a “different slice of Chennai and its people during the time it is set in.”
Sarpatta Parambarai also features actors Dushara Vijayan, Pasupathy, Sanchana Natarajan, Kalaiyarasan, Kaali Venkat, among others. In March, Neelam Productions released a three-minute-long video introducing the characters along with behind-the-scenes glimpses from the making of the film.
While the film was expected to release in theatres in early 2021, it was delayed due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown.