Blockbuster director Pa. Ranjith's highly-anticipated Sarpatta Parambarai premiered on Amazon Prime Video on Thursday and is currently the talk of the town. Starring Arya in the role of a boxer from a North Madras backdrop during the early 1980s, the action sports drama featuring music by Santhosh Narayanan has been garnering glowing reviews, with the entire packaging of Sarpatta Parambarai being praised. In that light, actor John Kokken, who plays the main opponent and antagonist Vembuli, is also basking in the glory for his rocking performance. 

John Kokken, who bulked up for his role in Sarpatta Parambarai like Arya and some other actors, had previously appeared in actor Ajith Kumar's blockbuster Veeram in 2013. Over the years, John has on several occasions told about how the Valimai star has motivated him in life after the two acted in Veeram. Now, John has once again spoken about 'Thala' Ajith in high regard on social media, while dedicating his performance as Vembuli in Sarpatta Parambarai to the superstar. Taking to Instagram, John Kokken wrote, "Thank you Ajith Sir #thalaajith for always motivating me and encouraging me to believe in myself. The time spent with you during #veeram shooting days were life lessons for me. You inspire me to work harder each day and to become a better human being. I dedicate this character "Vembuli" to you Sir. Love you Sir."

Despite Sarpatta Parambarai not being released in theatres, it has taken a stunning opening on Amazon Prime Video as social media has been booming with largely positive reviews from fans, critics and celebrities.  Produced by K9 Studios in association with Pa. Ranjith's Neelam Productions, Sarpatta Parambarai also has Dushara Vijayan as the female lead, followed by Pasupathy, Kalaiyarasan, Anupama Kumar, Sanchana Natarajan, Santhosh Prathap, John Vijay among others in pivotal roles, with cinematography by Murali G and editing by Selva RK.