The most awaited bilingual pan India film “Liger” is gearing to grace the silver screens soon, it is shot in Telugu and Hindi and will be released in cinemas in the dubbed versions Tamil, Malayalam and Kannada along with the original versions.
It is a sports action film that revolves around the titular MMA (mixed martial arts) fighter Liger, it marks the debut of the Telugu star actor Vijay Deverakonda in Hindi cinema and SOTY 2 actress Ananya Panday’s debut in Telugu.
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The Advance bookings reports of Liger are blockbuster, as per the media reports, it has accumulated Rs 7.35 Cr in Telugu alone, till Wed at 1:35 pm. The Hindi version remained low however it crossed the 20 Lakh mark from advance ticket sales for day 1. It is all set to take a record-breaking start for a Tier-2 actor in Tollywood. So far it has sold tickets 4.18 lakhs in Telugu and Hindi as per the reports. The total first-day advances stands at Rs 7.70 Cr gross.
Screen Count & Budget
Vijay starrer will have 2 weeks free run in Hindi until Brahmashtra on 9 Sept and an open week in Telugu states. It will release over 930 theatres in AP-TG and 1300 theatres in the Rest of India. It managed to occupy over 700 theatres in the overseas market. The worldwide theatre count for Liger is approx 3000.
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The film is riding on a huge budget of Rs 100 crores (including interests), as per the reports, it is Puri Jagannadh’s most expensive project to date, he has taken his time to complete the flick.
The worldwide pre-release business of the film is valued at Rs 88.40 Cr, hence Vijay’s film will have to recover around Rs 90 Cr shares worldwide to become a successful flick at the box office and for the Telugu-speaking states, the breakeven target would be in the range of Rs 63-65 Cr.
Passed with UA certificate by CBFC
Recently, it was passed with UA certificate by the censor board, the duration of the film is 2hrs 20min 20secs (or 140.20 mins) with the first half being 1hr 5mins long.
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How’s the Hype?
So far, the hype is good, the trailer, songs, and promotional activities have created quite a buzz surrounding the film. Going by the trailer, the storyline of the film revolves around the titular character Liger (portrayed by Vijay Deverakonda) with a stutter, the trailer gives hints that the film is imbued with emotions, romance, and action.
Ramya Krishnan will be essaying a powerful character after Baahubali 2, she and Boxing legend Mike Tyson (marking his debut in Indian cinema) grabbed the eyeballs in the trailer along with Deverakonda’s performance.
Box Office Collection
As we know, it’s raining hits in Tollywood currently, with the success of Bimbisara, Sita Ramam and now Karthikeya 2, the box office drought of 2 months of TFI has ended. But up north the dry spell still continues, the expectations were on Biggies Laal Singh Chaddha and Raksha Bandhan, but both the films have been rejected by the audience.
Now all eyes will be on the bilingual film Liger as per our early projection, it could take a start of anywhere between Rs 12-18 crores since reading the audience’s mind has become tough given the below-par openings of LSC and Raksha Bandhan. However, going by the advances, the film is sure to take a blockbuster opening at the box office Telugu for a tier-2 actor.