August 26, 2022

Film: Liger

Starring: Vijay Deverakonda, Ananya Panday, Ramya Krishnan, Chunky Panday, Ronit Roy, Mike Tyson, Ali, Vishu Reddy and Makarand Deshpande

Genre: Sports Action

Director: Puri Jagannadh


By Yogesh Mishra

Liger, directed by Puri Jagannadh, is a sports action movie released in Hindi and Telugu languages. This is the Hindi debut film of Arjun Reddy (Telugu) star Vijay Deverakonda, who is playing the lead role alongside Bollywood actress Ananya Panday.

Talking about the storyline, it revolves around Liger (Vijay Deverakonda), an aspiring boxer whose mother (Ramya Krishnan) wants him to complete the incomplete journey of his father, who was a top boxing champion. His mother named him Liger because she believes that her son is a mix of lion and tiger. She takes her son to Mumbai from Banaras to make him a boxing champion. She meets a renowned Marshal Art champion, coach, and trainer (Ronit Roy) and asks him to give free training to her son, Liger, because she has no money. Because of his old connection with and respect for his father, the coach agrees to provide him with free training, and as a result, Liger once meets his inspiration, world champion Mark Henderson (Mike Tyson). The first and most important rule of the training was to not fall in love with any girl, but Liger falls in love with Tanya (Ananya Panday), the daughter of an NRI business tycoon, Mr. Panday (Chunky Panday). Tanya plays smartly with the emotions of Liger. Despite breaking the rules of the training centre and his coach, does Liger become the world champion? Will the dream of Liger's mother come true? Is Liger able to reclaim his love? To know the answers to all these questions, one must watch this film. 

The story is loosely written by Puri Jagannadh. The first half is badly stuck in showing the heroism of Vijay Deverakonda without any twists and turns. Almost 60% of the second half is a continuation of the first, with a very predictable and typical ending. Even the dialogues of Prashant Pandey (for the Hindi version) could not impress the audience.

Lead actors Vijay Deverakonda and Ananya Panday's performances are good enough, but the poor storyline disturbs the entire movie. Ramya Krishnan's role is small but very powerful. She has justified her presence. Apart from them, actors like Chunky Panday, Ronit Roy, Mike Tyson (cameo appearance), Ali, Vishu Reddy, Makarand Deshpande, etc., have also justified their parts in the film.

The 10 points that make this film below average are: 1.) a poor plot 2.) Underutilized talents such as Vijay Deverakonda and Ramya Krishnan 3.) loses command of understanding today's moviegoers' preferences, 4.) There are no plot twists or turns that keep the audience's attention. 5.) The use of world-renowned boxing champion Mike Tyson is not done fairly  6.) The film's slow pace 7.) Unwanted additional fight scenes that contradict the story's morale 8.) Heroism is more prominently shown than the emotional values of the son of a great boxing champion as a part of the script 9.) Inability to connect emotionally with and relate to the audience 10.) A very common and predictable climax.

The three points that impress the audience to a great extent are: 1.) Good starcast 2.) Nice music and 3.) Impressive fight sequences 

The music in the film is quite good. The score by Sunil Kashyap and songs by Vikram Montrose, Tanishk Bagchi, Lijo George-DJ Chetas, Sunil Kashyap and Jaani are quite entertaining.

Overall, the film does not meet the expectations of the audience. Despite having a good star cast and enough promotions for the film, the poor storyline ruined the craze of the film, so it is recommended to avoid going to cinema halls, but if you are a hard-core fan of Vijay Deverakonda and Ananya Panday, then you must try watching it at least once.

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