Liger Review: Vijay Deverakonda Owns The Film By Delivering Genuinely Good MMA In This Weak Story!

This Puri Jagannadh and Vijay Deverakonda film is mishmash of sport, action and drama in which Vijay steals the show.


The 2 hour, 18 minute long movie opens with Balamani (Ramya Krishna), a resident of Karimnagar, talking about her desire for her son Liger (Vijay Deverakonda), to follow in the footsteps of his late father and become a national champion in mixed martial arts. The mother-son duo go to Mumbai to fulfil their life passion. The occasionally stuttering macho man Liger initially focuses on his job aspirations but becomes sidetracked when he falls in love with his rival Sanju’s (Vish) sister Taniya (Ananya Panday).

The conflict between the lead couple is portrayed in the remaining portions of the movie, as well as the World MMA Championship in Las Vegas and, finally, a kidnapping incident in the USA where Liger runs across his idol, the renowned Mike Tyson.

Technical Departments:

The main theme of the movie is Liger’s transition from a National champion to an International one and what occurs after. What makes it effective is the first half’s well-balanced use of humour and first-rate action. A visual delight is provided by the MMA presented in Liger. But for Liger, the film’s cliched storyline kind of wrecks it. It all seems like old wine in a new bottle, whether it’s the conventional Bollywood romance between Ananya and Vijay or the same old animosity between the hero and his heroine’s brother. The movie’s changes and twists come off as being overly dramatic.

Although Puri Jagannadh’s directorial is effective, his story falls flat. The Hindi version’s dialogues by Prashant Pandey are not particularly strong. But Vishnu Sarma deserves praise since his cinematography flawlessly catches all of the powerful MMA in the movie. The editing by Junaid Siddiqui comes across as disappointing because the dubbing is missing from a number of instances.


Of course, Vijay Deverakonda in Liger is a complete delight to watch. His MMA prowess is evident, as is his accent. But there is a strong chemistry between him and Ananya. As poorly written her character is, Ananya spoils Taniya with her worst acting. She behaves, speaks, and moves like a face “influenza,” that has no effect. Although “The” Mike Tyson makes the climax worthwhile, he could have done so much more to keep the movie entertaining. The supporting ensemble, which includes Ronit Roy, Chunky Panday, Ramya Krishnan, and Vish, amuses with their varied characters.


This Puri Jagannadh and Vijay Deverakonda film is mishmash of sport, action and drama in which Vijay steals the show.

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