Laal Singh Chaddha could have borne the brunt of the boycott trend, but Vijay Deverakonda-starring liger suffered mainly because of the poor script, forced climax and poor performance by Ananya Panday – or so critics and fans said. The film that marked Deverakonda’s pan-Indian debut was expected to smack over Rs 200 crore – that’s what the actor himself said. However, fate had a completely different plan.
The movie that people called a disaster won’t even be able to recoup 30% of its cost.
Southern distributor Warangal Srinu says he has lost 65% of his investment. “I lost a lot of money, no doubt. Like on Liger, I lost something up to 65% of my investment,” he told ETimes.
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#liger is a bigger disaster than #Acharya (32.5%) in terms of ROI for Buyers. He is unlikely to recover even 30%. There is not a single theater where he managed to collect rent on Monday. Business almost closed! pic.twitter.com/NPJO8cX1Sj
—AndhraBoxOffice.Com (@AndhraBoxOffice) August 30, 2022
Speaking about Vijay Deverakonda’s overconfidence before the release of Liger, which was even criticized by a Mumbai theater owner, the distributor further said:
“I can’t say if he was overconfident. But if he was, how does it still pay not to go see a movie that isn’t bad? Do we realize that in our quest to banning actors and filmmakers, based on preconceived notions, we are ruining poor families of poor crew members.”
We are all smiling but,
pack opala aitundi!
— Vijay Deverakonda (@TheDeverakonda) August 24, 2022
Meanwhile, Vijay Deverakodna is said to be unhappy with the final product himself. He even reportedly cried after watching the film and was disappointed, also because of the lukewarm audience response to the film, a report on Track Tollywood says.
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In four days, the film has hit Rs 24.25 crores so far.
90% of Liger shows canceled in South India due to lack of audience.
But Bollywood is over according to experts.
— Rohit🎶Verma🎶 (@AAMIRCAZE) August 30, 2022
Liger’s producer, Charmee Kaur, also spoke recently about the film’s failure at the box office.
In an interview with Free Press Journal, she said OTT is one of the reasons theater attendance has declined. “Certainly, people have access to better content with a click just by sitting at home. The whole family can watch the big budget movies on TV, and until you really get them excited, they don’t come At the movie theater.”
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