Liger is a sports action film written and directed by Puri Jagannadh. Shot simultaneously in Hindi and Telugu languages, the film is produced by Dharma Productions and Puri Connects. It is Vijay Devarokonda’s ticket to being accepted the pan India star. With Karan Johar bankrolling the project the movie has received tremendous publicity across the country.

Puri Jagannadh doesn’t waste any time in establishing the premise for the movie. It is at your face. A hare brained plot, a script as loud as an annoying early morning alarm and the screenplay punctuated with bizarre situations, Liger is a cat’s yawn. There is some roar in the ring, but that is too little a time to invest in 140 minutes of taxing misadventure on screen. Mike Tyson makes an appearance and gets the silliest introduction. The film rushes to say everything and the romance between the lead pair looks overwrought. With a bleak story line the first half manages to pass some muster while in the second half the film takes a flight to the nonsensical world and makes a travesty of everything that is barely sagacious.

Vijay Devarokonda is neat, but his stammer doesn’t click. Ananya Pandey is the typical rich dumb girl whose only job is to stalk the hero and steal a few songs with him. Ramya Krishnan’s role is an overdose of emotions. Mike Tyson has a decent cameo. Ronit Roy is fine.

With a huge budget, the production value is good. Vishnu Sarma’s cinematography is fine. Sunil Kashyap’s background score is middling. The songs by different composers work well. Junaid Siddiqui’s editing is OK. Dialogues are average and direction underwhelming.

LIGER despite all the roar and “shor” before the release is just a meow in the theatre..





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