Vijay Deverakonda and Ananya Panday starrer Liger is out in cinemas. The  Vijay Deverakonda film got panned by critics and film buffs. The pan-Indian film, directed by Puri Jagannadh, follows the story of a boxer who fights against odds to make his mark. Liger is releasing in Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam and Kannada. The promos and songs of Liger have not divulged the film’s story. The Dharma Productions-Puri Connects film has been in the making for three years and faced many delays due to the pandemic. It also stars Mike Tyson and Ramya Krishnan in significant roles.
Film trade analyst Girish Johar said that the audience is looking forward to Liger. “Dharma Productions is going all out in promoting the film. They haven’t fallen short in promoting the film in all nooks and towns of the country. The craze among the audience is huge, which is evident from the crowd that gathers to catch a glimpse of Ananya and Vijay at the promotional events,” he told indianexpress.com.
Film distributor Akshaye Rathi said, “The movie appeals to the common man of India, the mass audience in Tier 2 and 3 cities that goes to single screens, so it will be big on the current bookings. People will go to the cinemas in big numbers on the day of its release rather than booking tickets in advance.” Vijay and Ananya have been on a national tour to promote the film.
Deepak, who manages box office tracking website AndhraBoxOffice.com, said the film could open at Rs 35 crore. He told ndianexpress.com, “Liger should double the opening day collection of Dear Comrade. Between that film and Liger, a lot of things have changed. The market has become bigger and is more dynamic now. I think Dear Comrade’s worldwide collection was about Rs 18 crore. And I think Liger will make gross nearly Rs 35 crore on its release day.”
‘𝙏𝙝𝙚 𝙑𝙞𝙟𝙖𝙮 𝘿𝙚𝙫𝙚𝙧𝙖𝙠𝙤𝙣𝙙𝙖’ is Man of the Day for his terrific performance & Breathing as #LIGER#BlockbusterLiger

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https://t.co/QfpKVcbiZB@TheDeverakonda @ananyapandayy @karanjohar #PuriJagannadh @DharmaMovies @Charmmeofficial pic.twitter.com/0yULZM6SJs
Puri Connects tweeted, “‘𝙏𝙝𝙚 𝙑𝙞𝙟𝙖𝙮 𝘿𝙚𝙫𝙚𝙧𝙖𝙠𝙤𝙣𝙙𝙖’ is Man of the Day for his terrific performance & Breathing as #LIGER.” Here are a few good reactions that Vijay Deverakonda’s film received.
Siddharth Kannan took to Twitter to post, “@TheDeverakonda in his MMA fighter avatar surpasses his performances from his previous films too… Kudos! #liger #VijayDeverakonda #VijayDevarakonda #Siddharthkannan #sidk.”
#Liger USA gross $500K+ and counting 🔥🔥🔥

Book your tickets now 🍿

Overseas by @sarigamacinemas #PuriJagannadh @TheDeverakonda @ananyapandayy @MikeTyson @PuriConnects @IamVishuReddy @PharsFilm pic.twitter.com/HKEtLAvATc
“#Liger   USA gross $500K+ and counting 🔥🔥🔥,” read a post by Sarigama Cinemas, the film’s distributors in the country.
According to a report in Bollywood Hungama, Liger has sold around 16,000 tickets in the three national chains for Friday with an all-India advance of less than Rs. 1 crore for the opening day. The entire fate of the film depends on the spot bookings. If the audience doesn’t come on board for the film, Liger will open to less than Rs 4 crore, which will be another shock for the Bollywood industry. 
#Liger Starts off on a Solid Note with USA 🇺🇸 Premieres already crossing $300K in advance sales and the day has just begun! pic.twitter.com/UkC4YcRCn2
There are reports that the Liger makers have closed a deal with an OTT platform for the streaming rights of the Vijay Deverakonda film for an extravagant price. The date is not known as yet. 
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WTF movie ended abruptly

A senseless end to a meaniningless film

Hope #VijayDevarakonda survives in the industry after this horror#Liger
#ligerreview Waste of time

Worst story & very weak screenplay. Big cast no use. Don’t give it a try. #LigerMovie#Liger
⭐/5 – Trash pic.twitter.com/CLUFVRlJYm
#VijayDevarakonda s physical transformation is commendable. But, his stammer act goes OTT sometimes. He is still in the Arjun Reddy mode and it is high time he snaps out of it as it’s getting repetitive….#Liger
Verdict :⭐
It is time to watch #liger all alone in the biggest theatre. What a terrific opening. @karanjohar Bhai Aapki Toh life Ban Gayee!😁 pic.twitter.com/yCDCDWYf84

30 minutes film finished and first action scene is still going on. God will help me to watch this full film #Liger!
Too little.
I’ll do more in the theaters. pic.twitter.com/AOoRYwmFRw
Vijay Devarakonda had earlier tweeted his target for Liger.
Twitter user @comicalguru blamed the script and appreciated Vijay Devarakonda’s performance. He wrote, “Only positive for Liger is Vijay’s performance. As an actor he never failed. The script itself is the major villain here. #AnanyaPandey has been a cringe fedt throughout the movie. Puri is done. His writing skills are long dead. Hope vijay picks up well after this.”
Vijay Devarakonda has a few projects ahead of him. Although, in a recent interview he revealed his plans after Liger release. He said, “Now I want to take it easy for a bit, promote the film nicely, see how it does, see how people receive it and then I’ll see. There’s no hurry. Right now, I’m already doing a film called Kushi and I’m doing one more film called JJ.”
Twitter user @Keerthana wrote in a series of tweets, ‘Tbh, Puri’s golden days are over. It’s fine if his films are bad. But why take a star like VD and an actor like Ramya Krishna down with you? They are both so earnest in their performances, it breaks your heart to see them in a film that couldn’t care less. It’s so wrong.’
Twitter user @Tara Anuradha writes, “There are some vintage directors who have lost their touch but I never once ridiculed them for that but the films like #Liger makes me loose respect. U needn’t write a strong female character, a minimum decency in what u write is enough.”
Twitter user @volatilemarket writes, “Watched #liger, should have promoted it as a comedy entertainer,this is the weakest script ever penned by @purijagan, Vijay did his best but can’t going to change the fate of the movie, better he shouldn’t do movie with Puri, some fight scenes are good, songs pathetic.”
Twitter user @praveenjarupul writes, “The movie is so good that there are no words to describe it when I see the Indian flag on #VijayDeverakonda literally goosebumps… and our sherr🦁 @TheDeverakonda acting was vere level 💥💫 pakka #superduperhit #Liger #BlockbusterLiger @purijagan @PuriConnects.”
A tweet via @lndianwood read, “#OneWordReview #Liger: Average Rating: ⭐️⭐️½ #VijayDevarakonda’s passion is visible in every frame of some moments gives Goosebumps but the narrative just DOESN’T CONNECT on the emotional front, which results in it becoming STRICTLY AN AVERAGE affair!  #LigerHuntBegins”
A Twitter user @Ramz4ram posted, “#Liger body transformation. Minus – Weak story line that was exacerbated by point less love story, Ananya as choice for female lead was a wrong decision(Courtesy KJO fiddling with story line), Songs coming in at wrong time, Stammering of #VijayDevarakonda.”
Indian Express film critic Shubhra Gupta gave the film 1 star. She wrote in her Liger review, “Vijay Deverakonda film is a cringe-fest of mammoth proportions. There’s nothing new or fresh about the ingredients that go into the making of this Vijay Deverakonda film. The plot is filled with all kinds of outlandish situations, and the treatment is jaded.”
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Vijay Deverakonda tasted national fame with his mega hit Arjun Reddy. But it is with Liger that his audience from the non-Telugu states will get to see him in action. Talking about the north vs south debate, Vijay previously told indianexpress.com, “There’s a certain kind of cinema that India is watching and it so happens that the South of India is making it. But it’s a cycle, right now this is working then people will be tired of this and something else will come. Nothing is permanent.”

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