Vijay Deverakonda’s Liger got a huge shot in its arm with the announcement of legendary boxer Mike Tyson joining the cast. The film which has Vijay playing a boxer is directed by Puri Jagannadh and will simultaneously be released in Hindi and Telugu.
MIKE TYSON JOINS THE CAST OF LIGER
On September 27, Liger producer Karan Johar announced that Mike Tyson will be a part of the upcoming Vijay Deverakonda-starrer. Buzz is that director Puri Jagannadh was really keen on getting Mike Tyson to do a cameo in Liger. Even though it’s a special appearance his scene with Vijay is one of the major highlights of Liger. A source close to the project reveals that the film might also have a special ode to the infamous ear-biting moment from Mike Tyson’s 1997 fight with Evander Holyfield.
The source reveals, “Mike is still talked-about for that moment which is one of the most controversial fights in boxing history. His cameo in Liger is a huge deal for the makers and there is talk that they might include a reference to the ear-biting episode in the film as well.”
Liger also stars Ananya Panday. However, this isn’t the first time Tyson will be seen a Bollywood film. The boxing champion had a cameo in Firoz Nadiadwala’s Fool N Final in 2007.
NAMASTE TYSON, SAYS KARAN JOHAR
It was earlier reported that Indian Idol 12 finalist Shanmukha Priya will sing for Liger. Now, the makers have announced that the boxing champion Mike Tyson will also be seen in the film. Sharing the news on Twitter, Karan Johar wrote, “For the first time ever, the king of the ring will be seen on the big screens of Indian cinema! Welcoming @MikeTyson to the #LIGER team! (sic).”
For the first time ever, the king of the ring will be seen on the big screens of Indian cinema! Welcoming @MikeTyson to the #LIGER team! #NamasteTyson@TheDeverakonda @ananyapandayy #PuriJagannadh @charmmeofficial @apoorvamehta18 @RonitBoseRoy @meramyakrishnan @iamVishuReddy pic.twitter.com/pl5AnUSB35
— Karan Johar (@karanjohar)
WHO IS MIKE TYSON?
Michael Gerard Tyson or Mike Tyson is a former professional boxer from America. He competed from 1985 to 2005 and is considered one of the greatest heavyweight boxers of all time. Mike Tyson, recalling the infamous ear-biting incident with Evander Holyfield, had told CBS, “I bit him because I wanted to kill him (sic).”
VIJAY DEVERAKONDA AND LIGER SHOOT
On September 15, one of the co-producers of Liger, Charmme Kaur, took to Twitter to share a picture of Vijay Deverakonda from the sets of Liger, confirming that he’s resumed shooting for the film. “BLOOD SWEAT VIOLENCE begins today .. #shootmode #beastmode #LIGER #salaacrossbreed (sic),” Charmme captioned the post.
Helmed by Puri Jagannadh, Liger is a sports drama starring Vijay Deverakonda and Ananya Panday in lead roles. The film was set to release in theatres on September 9, but the release was pushed since theaters remained shut in Maharashtra. Now that theaters have reopened, we may soon expect a release date for Liger too.
Interestingly, in June, Vijay Deverakonda rubbished rumours that Liger had cracked a Rs 200 crore OTT deal, adding that Liger will make much more in theatres. Liger will see Vijay undergo a physical transformation to play a boxer. The film will be co-produced by Charmme Kaur, Karan Johar and Puri Jagannadh.
This content was originally published here.