Puri Jagannadh’s ‘Liger’, starring Vijay Deverakonda and Ananya Panday, feels like a cruel joke on those who think “south films are better”

Posted on August 25, 2022

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Spoilers ahead…

The film is like a bad 80s-90s Tamil or Telugu movie where a song or a comedy track would be randomly inserted, without any care about the overall emotional arc.

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There’s a terrific idea for a scene in the first half of Puri Jagannadh’s Liger. That title refers to the Vijay Deverakonda character, who is named after his lion-like father and his tigress-like mother, played by Ramya Krishnan. Liger and his mother make their living by selling tea, but Liger falls for the super-rich Taniya, played by Ananya Panday. The scene I am talking about has Liger’s mother telling Taniya how she raised him single-handedly, and it’s her dream to make him an MMA fighter, and she does not want a flighty society girl to destroy that dream. A good masala-movie writer would have made this scene soar. It has everything: a mother’s ambition, the rich-versus-poor conflict, a young man whose ambition is swayed by the distractions of a young woman. There is everything. And yet, the scene is a giant ball of nothing. It does nothing to you. It feels like one of many “checkboxes” someone thought they had to include in order to make a certain kind of mass-appeal movie.

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