Balamani (Ramya Krishnan) has come to Mumbai from Banaras with her son Liger (Vijay Deverakonda) so that her son can make a name in the world of MMA. Both make a living by selling tea. Liger stammers that’s why he is made fun of everywhere. But he keeps on pursuing his dream. He wants to bring honor to his mother and country by winning the Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) Championship. In such a situation, his coach (Ronit Roy) and his mother give only one warning to Liger that all his focus should be on training and stay away from any girl. Liger works hard to achieve his dream, but in the meantime, social media celebrity Tanya (Ananya Pandey) enters his life. The two meet and fall in love. But the story doesn’t end here, it starts from here (which you will not want to see at all..). Well, Tanya breaks Liger’s heart and that same anger drives her to the top of the MMA world. Seeing this 2 hours and 20 minutes long film, the first thought that comes to mind is that what did someone make of it?
Puri Jagannath wanted to show this film as an action sports drama. But the script is so weak that neither it could become an action film, nor a sports drama. The texture of the characters is so baseless that no connection can be made with anyone. It wouldn’t be wrong to say that director Puri Jagannath looked completely out of form here. Liger took three years to make, but watching the movie doesn’t feel like it at all. The clichéd story and hastily made climax.. The film does not impress at any point. The film runs well for the first 20 minutes, but then with every passing minute the graph of the story goes down.
Vijay Deverakonda made his debut in the Hindi film industry with this film. With this pan India film he had a golden chance to become a pan India star. But alas, his hard work has completely ruined the story of the film. Well, one wonders how Vijay agreed for such a weak story! Talking about acting, Vijay’s attitude fits quite well in the character of Liger. He has kept a hold on his words and expressions. Especially in the action sequences, he looks very tremendous. I wish the director had focused a little on the emotional side of the character as well.
Ananya Panday is playing the character of a social media star in the film and we would like to say that this has been her weakest performance till date. It is frustrating to see his character. Neither Ananya’s character has any motive, nor chemistry with Vijay. However, when it comes to the supporting cast, Rohit Roy, Ramya Krishna, Chunky Pandey and Vishu Reddy… all fall prey to characters that have no meaning in any scene. At the same time, what to comment on Mike Tyson’s cameo. Maybe they don’t even know what has been done to them.
The story of the film has also been written by Puri Jagannath, which is very weak and objectionable in many places. It is surprising to see the film that such scripts and dialogues are being written and released in 2022 as well. Here every character has been tied into a structure. Female characters are depicted in a very stereotypical manner. In half the film, the character of Liger’s mother i.e. Ramya Krishnan is heard saying that stay away from girls who apply lipstick, wear short clothes or any kind of girl.
Vishnu Sharma’s cinematography is average. The film has been shot in Mumbai, Hyderabad and Las Vegas. Despite being such a big budget film, the locations don’t play any role in the story. Junaid Siddiqui’s editing could have been tighter.
The less written or said about the songs of the film, the better. There are four songs in the film and all four just seem to be somehow embedded in the story.. Neither do they seem to be part of the story or add anything to the characters. At the same time, the background score given by Sunil Kashyap is the best thing about the film.
“I don’t know how to tell the story properly, but I’ll try nonetheless”, Liger says in an opening scene of the film, and the film goes into flashback. Truth be told, this dialogue of the film seems to match the reality of the film somewhere. The team of this film also had no idea how to narrate the story.
Some movies are not a film, but a punishment. Liger is one of them. There is no doubt that Vijay Deverakonda has worked hard for this film, which is also visible on screen. But the script is so weak and the direction so sluggish that no one can save this film. 1.5 stars to Liger from Filmybeat.