Liger Movie Review: Knockout Punch for Audiences

Movie: Ligre
Evaluation: 2/5
Puri Connects & Dharma Productions
Cast: Vijay Deverakoda, Ananya Panday, Ramya Krishna, Mike Tyson, Ronit Roy, Vishu Reddy, Ali, Makarand Desh Pandey, Getup Sreenu and others
Waterfalls: Yesterday
PDO: Vishnu Sarma
Editor: Junaid Siddiqui
Art: Jonny Shaik Basha
Producers: Puri Jagannadh, Charmee, Karan Johar, Apoorva Mehta and Hiroo Yash Johar
Story, Screenplay, Dialogues and Directed by: Puri Jagannadh
Release date: August 25, 2022

“Liger” created a huge hype. The combination of director Puri Jagannadh and young sensation Vijay Deverakonda has been occupying the media and social space recently. The presence of boxing legend Mike Tyson is another reason.

Apart from big budget movies like “RRR”, “Radhe Shyam” and “KGF”, this pan-Indian film has also created a buzz across the country. Let’s see if the movie lives up to the hype.

Liger (Vijay Deverakonda) and his mother Balamani (Ramya Krishna) move to Mumbai from Karimnagar.

Balamani aims to see his son become a champion in MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) because her husband died without achieving his dream of winning a title in a boxing championship.

The mother and son run a chai shop in Mumbai to earn a living and Liger is trained by an MMA guru (Ronit Roy).

A rich girl Tanya (Ananya Panday) loves him and this romance completely changes her life.

Will he become a champion or will he land in trouble because of his love affair?

Artist services:
If you remove Vijay Deverakonda from the scene, nothing holds. Such magnetic power he has in this film. He underwent an amazing makeover and developed a formidable body to play the role of “Liger”. Although the act of stuttering isn’t always perfect, his sincerity and hard work are commendable. However, the script gives him nothing to go beyond the surface.

Ramya Krishna’s role as a spirited mother lacks substance. Despite this, the main actress gives what it takes. Ananya Panday plays the typical role of a heroine.

Boxing legend Mike Tyson makes an appearance in the climactic part. But the role that Puri wrote for him is half-baked.

Getup Seenu, Ali and Ronit Roy do a good job. Vishu Reddy does his role justice.

Technical Excellence:
The film is made on a large scale. Las Vegas footage and production values ​​gave the film a rich look. Vishnu Sharma’s cinematography is first class.

“Coka 2.0” and “Aafat” look good on screen but both land in the wrong places in the film. Puri’s trademark dialogues are effective here and there.

Strong points:
Performance and presence of Vijay Deverakonda
The first sequences with VD and Ronit Roy

Lack of history
No emotional high
No strong or villain conflict
Last moments
Mike Tyson’s presence wasted

The career of Puri Jagannadh, director of many sensational blockbusters, lacks consistency. ‘Liger’ seemed like a chance to return to his glorious ‘Pokiri’ days. With the scale of the film (a pan-Indian project with Karan Johar joining hands) and a rising star in the lead role, the hype it generated gave it the perfect vehicle to show off its cachet. But, it turns out to be a wasted effort because “Liger” looks like an exercise without a proper script.

The film has a Mumbai setting. If Puri had written a story as big as Vadapav, it would have been different. But the script is as thin as a paper dosa. More than the story, the movie doesn’t have a strong conflict or a high emotional quotient, or a strong villain, the essentials for mainstream movies. Puri Jagannadh’s script writing is not at all good here.

The idea of ​​a protagonist with a stuttering problem is irritating. This actor’s USP is his dialogue delivery. The director made a colossal mistake by thwarting his strength with this handicap to the character. Moreover, this lack of the hero makes little difference to the main story.

Puri Jagannadh begins this film as an inspiring story of the rise of a champion from a humble background. But halfway through, he cuts to the routine romance. The main objective is lost in the fray. At one point, it seems to have been written by an amateur writer but not by Puri Jagannath. So shocking!

The so-called MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) fights and sequences, which follow one another, make for a tedious watch. Despite the name MMA, the fights resemble many boxing dramas. No difference! The film and the fights do not provide a high.

The movie goes even worse when the story moves to Las Vegas. Things go awry as bad scenes are written to introduce boxing legend Mike Tyson’s character. A long fight scene with female fighters is another faux pas. Thus, the final act goes completely wrong and becomes useless. A legend like Tyson should have given better scenes.

Despite the hard work of Vijay Deverakonda, Puri squanders the golden opportunity to gain pan-Indian fame.

All in all, ‘Liger’ doesn’t deliver a knockout punch nor does it deliver thundering moments. This only proves that Puri Jagannadh is yet to return to her old form despite the recent delivery of “iSmart Shakar”.

At the end of the line : Bo..Bo..Bo..Boring

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