Cast: Vijay Deverakonda, Ananya Pandey, Ramya krishna
Director: Puri Jagannath
Producer: Puri Jagannadh, Charmme, Karan Johar
Music (BGM): Sunil Kashyap
Vijay Deverakonda‘s Liger hit the screens today. The film is carrying a huge buzz and the advance bookings for the flick have shown the craze around the film. Let us check out the review.
Liger (Vijay Deverakonda) is born and brought up in Karimnagar. He along with his mother (Ramya Krishnan) shifts his base to Mumbai to become MMA champion. What are the struggles faced by Liger who is a slumdog in becoming the national MMA champion? How Liger then targets the international arena forms the crux of the story.
The love track between Vijay and Ananya comes with a major twist in the movie.
Vijay Deverakonda is the major highlight and he is the one who holds the film together. Be it his transformation or his hard work in getting the right role, Vijay has done it superbly. Vijay danced decently. He is confident in the fights. His stammering problem looked decent initially but it was overdone to a large extent.
Ananya Panday’s role has no significance. Her performance didn’t bring anything to the table. Ramya Krishnan has got a lengthy character. She is okay but one didn’t understand why Puri make her so loud at times.
Vishu Reddy is okay in the antagonist role. A few artists like Getup Srinu provided a few laughs. Boxing legend Mike Tyson’s cameo looks interesting but it was not taken seriously.
Puri Jagannath’s storylines are always wafer-thin. But it is the screenplay he does magic with. That’s how films like Pokiri, Badri, Businessman, etc., were made. For Liger, as well the story is quite simple. However, this time the screenplay is not so efficient. The direction looked out of place.
The songs are composed by various music directors and they all are okay. A few songs were shot well. Choreography is good in songs like Aafat, Akdi Pakdi, etc., Sunil Kashyap has done the BGM work. He does an okay job. Vishnu Sharma’s cinematography work is alright but nothing special.
The editing looked decent but the problem is with the taking. There is no proper lip sync for the characters in the Telugu version which shows the poor technical work from the team.
There is no proper depth in the characters. Vijay’s stammering role which looked interesting initially will irritate you going forward. The scenes are not fresh. A few scenes are loud. Vijay does his best to hold the film together but it is out of his control. The take-it-for-granted attitude of the Liger team hasn’t worked well. There are no proper character arcs for anyone in the movie. While the first half is pretty ordinary with cringe sequences all over, the second half is equally uninteresting.
Overall, Liger is a failed attempt by Puri Jagannath. An opportunity gone wasted.