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Liger: Vijay Deverakonda Plays Mixed Martial Artist in Puri Jagannadh’s Directorial

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First look poster of 'Liger'

Vijay Deverakonda, the Telugu actor best known for his 2017 film Arjun Reddy, will be working on his first pan-Indian film titled Liger, helmed by Puri Jagannadh, the makers of the film announced on social media on Monday.

The film’s makers also released the film’s first look poster.

Liger will also star Ananya Panday and Ramya Krishnan. The film, which is Panday’s first collaboration with Deverakonda, will mark her debut in a southern Indian film industry.

The film’s team had completed a major schedule of shooting in Mumbai before the Covid-19 pandemic struck, Vamsi Shekar, the film’s publicity manager told Silverscreen India. He added that 60% of the shooting is still remaining.

“The next schedule will commence in February in Mumbai. Other schedules are planned to be shot in the USA,” Vamsi said.

The action film is produced by Jagannadh’s banner Puri Connects, Charmee Kaur, director-producer Karan Johar’s banner Dharma Productions, and Apoorva Mehta.

While the film’s cinematography is being handled by Vishnu Sarma, Junaid Siddiqui is in charge of editing. Jonny Sahik Basha is the film’s art director .

While the film’s release date is yet to be confirmed, Panday said in a tweet that the film will release in theatres soon.

Earlier, it was reported that Deverakonda will be playing a boxer in the film. Clarifying the actor’s role, Vamsi told Silverscreen India: “He will be essaying the role of a mixed martial artist and not a boxer. It can be seen from the gloves that he is wearing [in the poster]. It is meant for mixed martial arts and not for boxing.”

He said that the film’s release date has not yet been confirmed since the pending schedules in foreign countries will start once the team gets the permit to shoot abroad.

The film will be released in Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, and Malayalam.

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