Shabeer Kallarkkal is not new to Tamil films. From playing supporting roles to playing the lead role in Lakshmi Ramakrishnan's Nerugi Vaa Muthamidathey, Shabbeer has done all possible roles in Kollywood. Yet, he remained underrecognized. But, Pa Ranjith's Sarpatta Parambarai turned fortunes for him. He played the role of Dancing Rose in the boxing-based film.
In a statement, Shabeer said, "If not for his kind gesture of choosing me for this role, this would have been impossible. He wanted every boxer in the movie to have a unique style and fixed up a real-life inspiring character. Arya’s Kabilan character was based on Muhammad Ali, Vembuli was a tribute to Mike Tyson, and my character – The Dancing Rose was inspired by UK-based boxer Naseem Hameed, who was far-famed for his fluid movements, which almost gives an impression of the dance form. I just watched his videos, took references, and incorporated my style into them. Since I was cast at the last minute, I missed the 2 months acting and boxing workshop and landed straight at the sets. Both the director Pa. Ranjith stunt masters AnbAriv gave the creative freedom by accepting my ideas. This helped me a lot to give more life to the Dancing Rose.”