Liger film review: Vijay Deverakonda’s film is a feast of gigantic proportions

The cast of the film Liger: Vijay Deverakonda, Ananya Panday, Ramya Krishnan, Ronit Roy, Chunkey Pandey
Director of the film Liger: Puri Jagannadh
Liger movie rating: 1 star

So, first of all, in case you were wondering, “Liger” is what you get when a lion and a tiger mate. I understood? Not really? Regardless, here’s a ready math on what to expect from the news Vijay Deverakonda film, directed by Puri Jagannadh, made in Hindi and Telugu.

Ready? Here is. A kickboxer (Vijay Deverakonda) adorned with a set of boxer shorts and a muscular, tanned chest, has a few markers – a mother (Ramya Krishnan) and a stutter. The mother is a type of latter-day Mother India, full of fire and brimstone. Speech impairment can make liger a slow speaker, but there’s nothing wrong with his stripes. He kicks and kicks, feints and lunges, as he prepares for his big break, which will see him and his mentor (Ronit Roy) do India proud on the world stage.

That was the word. Opening it up, the age-old themes of fierce loving mother-son pairing with macho sporting, beating-chested patriotism are used to unfurl a feast of gigantic proportions. What do you want first: character after character dissolving the stutterer, wait, stutterer (yes, that’s right), or the romantic interest that’s willing to compete for the most vapid, empty female character meaningless (Ananya Panday) lately, or a mother roaring louder than her son?

Do not mistake yourself. There’s nothing more enjoyable than a well-made masala wrap. But there’s nothing new or fresh about the ingredients that go into making this film: mixed martial arts, surly boxers, tough trainers, and the hero who’s been going to single-handedly bring everyone down for years. The plot, filled with all sorts of wacky situations, is tired; the treatment is jaded. The stuttering guy’s mockery is downright obnoxious (at one point he was called a “stammering jester” in the English subtitle), and the creation of the leading lady isn’t just a sexist dud, it’s is positively Neanderthal. . Who in their right mind will see a female character say “guys look at girls from the bottom up” AND make the heroine simper at that line? Has anyone heard of misogyny?

The action, in the ring and on a ranch, with famous well-known MMA artist Mark Anderson, is pretty much the only thing you’re left with. Deverakonda, never too far from her Arjun Reddy persona, is all supple and loose, and keeps us watching. But for a character to call their performance “full paisa-vasool”? Basically, it’s ‘Liger’ high-five ‘Liger’. Seriously?