Dancing Rose was hands down one of the most popular characters from the Indian film Sarpatta Parambarai.
For the uninitiated, Sarpatta Parambarai, popularly known as Sarpatta or Sarpatta Clan, is a 2021 Indian Tamil-language period sports action film that was co-produced by Shanmugam Dhakshanaraj of K9 Studios and directed by Pa. Ranjith under his label Neelam Productions.
Arya, John Kokken, Shabeer Kallarakkal, Dushara Vijayan, Pasupathy, Anupama Kumar, and Sanchana Natarajan are among the actors in the movie. The movie, which is set in the 1970s, centres on a conflict between the Idiyappa Parambarai and Sarpatta Parambarai clans in North Chennai. It also highlights the politics and boxing culture of the area.
The dancing rose character played by Shabeer Kallarakkal was an instant hit among the fans and his style inside the boxing ring is something that people talked about.
Inspired by real-life characters
Shabeer Kallarakkal's portrayal of "Dancing" Rose was modelled after British boxer Naseem Hamed, who was renowned for his distinctive flowing motions that were almost dance-like.
In fact, other characters in the film also had inspirations.
The great American boxer Muhammad Ali served as the inspiration for Arya's character Kabilan, and a still from the movie that the producers just published looked a lot like Muhammad Ali's pose. The character of Vembuli (John Kokken) was based on Mike Tyson.
George Foreman, who is regarded as one of the oldest heavyweight champions in the annals of international boxing, served as the inspiration for Santhosh Pratap's character Raman. The actor Gajapathi's "Beedi" Rayappan was modelled after the fisherman-fighter Kitheri Muthu, who is renowned for having beaten Nat Terry, a well-known Anglo-Indian boxer.
Periyar E. V. Ramaswamy, a social activist and the founder of Dravidar Kazhagam, was moved by Muthu's skill and gave him the honorific title of "Dravida Veeran" (The Dravidian braveheart).
Young boxer pays tribute
The film has apparently left a big mark on the fans and a young boxer was seen paying tribute to the Dancing Rose recently in a fight that happened in Salem. You can watch the video below.