These hard-hitting statements from movie critic Baradwaj Rangan have surely made us realize that South Indian Movies can also suck at times. Check out what he has to say about Puri Jagannadh’s ‘Liger’, starring Vijay Deverakonda and Ananya Panday.
What went wrong with Liger
Vijay Deverakonda is a Tollywood star who rose to fame when Shahid Kapoor remade his Arjun Reddy and came up with one of his most widely criticized films– Kabir Singh. Vijay made an entry into Hindi films with Ananya Panday-starrer Liger which hit theatres on 26th Aug.
Directed by Telugu filmmaker Puri Jagannadh, most of us anticipated the film to be a huge success. The reason is fair as he has previously made films such as Pokiri which was remade in Hindi starring Salman Khan called ‘Wanted’, which did well for Hindi Cinema.
However, this time, Liger flails and flops. The film is on the verge of ending its theatrical run only four days after release, the report declared. Over 90% of shows in the states of Tamil Nadu, Kerala, and Karnataka have been canceled after a huge drop after Monday, with theatres in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana expected to follow the same case. This is the third consecutive Vijay Deverakonda starrer that has failed to work at the box office.
Baradwaj Rangan’s review
Film critic Baradwaj Rangan has tried to explain the situation and why things went wrong with Puri Jagannadh’s Liger.
“Liger 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,” he explains in the Gallatta Plus video.
South films can suck too
“Liger feels like a bad 80s and 90s Tamil or Telugu film where a song or a comedy track would randomly inserted without caring about the overall emotional arc. You can’t evaluate the acting if the screenplay is so terrible and the director doesn’t seem to be looking through the monitor to even see the output shots.”
“The film feels like a cruel joke on those who think “south films are better. It feels like this film was made to look “that south films can suck too.”
Here’s the video of the full review:
In a Tweet, Baradwaj Rangan also writes, “About the Liger fiasco, it all boils down to the script. Dear actors, stop listening to one-liners and short narrations, which are always going to sound exciting. Please learn to READ screenplays. That’s the only way to see how that “one line” has been fleshed out.”
BR: About the #Liger fiasco, it all boils down to the script. Dear actors, stop listening to one-lines and short narrations, which are always going to sound exciting.
Please learn to READ screenplays. That's the only way to see how that "one line" has been fleshed out.
— Baradwaj Rangan (@baradwajrangan) August 27, 2022