Vijay Deverakonda is excited as well as nervous about completing the shoot and also underlines the fact that he has been a fan of the legendary boxer. His recent statements made in the media tell a lot about what the viewers can expect from this upcoming movie.
We all know about the legend of Mike Tyson. Turns out, he’s starring along with Vijay Deverakonda in his upcoming movie Liger.
Let’s begin with what the movie is about.
The upcoming movie is an Indian sports action film and is written and directed by Puri Jagannadh. It is being jointly produced by Karan Johar, Apoorva Mehta, Charmme Kaur, Hiroo Yash Johar and Jagannadh, under the banners of Dharma Productions and Puri Connects.
The Telugu and Hindi version of the film stars Vijay Deverakonda along with Ananya Panday as the lead. Jhanvi Kapoor was the first choice for the role of the female lead but had to be replaced because of her schedule. Actress Ramya Krishna is playing a support role. Mike Tyson is also set to make his debut in the Indian Film Industry with this film. The score for the film has been composed by Mani Sharma and composer Tanishk Bagchi has also been signed for the film.
According to the sources, Vijay underwent a very intense physical transformation for this role. He also went to Thailand to learn martial arts.
Speaking about his thoughts on what lies ahead, Vijay says that he hopes none of Mike’s punches connects, so he has to exercise extreme caution. He says that he admires Mike as a person as he has changed a lot. According to him, there is a philosopher and a thinker in Mike. He says things that hit the listener, so he’s keen to meet him in person. Even before he knew what boxing was all about as a sport, he knew about Mike Tyson. He says that one does not have to follow the sport closely or know the rules to know who Mike was. Mike is like a God in this field.
Vijay, through his efforts, has successfully established himself as a successful actor in the Telugu film industry with lead roles in movies such as Arjun Reddy, Mahanati, Geetha Govindam and Taxiwaala. His first lead role was in the movie Pelli Choopulu, which is Tharun Bhascker’s romantic coming of age film. The film was commercially successful and was felicitated with a lot of accolades. He has bagged a lot of awards for his performances in different movies which also includes the Filmfare Award for the Best Male Actor- Telugu. South Indian International Movie Critics Award for Best Actor is one of his best achievements which he earned in 2019.
He is the owner of the King of the Hill entertainment company. He was also featured by Forbes India in their 30 under 30 list in the same year. He was also the most searched South Indian actor in 2019 according to Google’s annual report. Film Companion ranked his performance in Arjun Reddy in “100 greatest performances of the decade”. Seeing him star next to the legend will be something worth the wait.
There was a recent stir that the movie will be released digitally, as the makers are considering a ludicrous deal of ₹200 crores for a digital release and also for its satellite rights in all languages, hinting that the movie might be released on OTT platforms. Dismissing the claims, the actor said, “Too little. It’ll do more in theatres”.
The filming of this masterpiece started on January 20th 2020 in Mumbai and was titled “Fighter”. 40 days after the shoot was completed when the production had to be stopped due to the Covid 19 lockdown being imposed. The shooting resumed on 15th September 2020, after the lockdown was eased with guidelines. The theatrical premiere planned for November 2020 was postponed because the filming was halted. In February 2021, the film’s theatrical release was announced as 9th September 2021.
Edited by Anupama Roy