Actor Vijay Deverakonda on Friday debuted a first teaser for Liger, which has now been revealed to be a sports film about an Indian MMA fighter. “First look, that’s it,” the star wrote on social media, sharing the one-minute video.
Liger teaser introduces Deverakonda’s character — a ‘slumdog’ from Mumbai–who rises up the ranks to apparently compete in an MMA championship in Las Vegas. We see glimpses of his ‘chaiwallah’ past, and brief looks at his rowdy antics on the streets. We are also shown a glimpse at Ronit Roy’s character, who appears to be his trainer. Vijay Deverakonda seems to be carrying his Arjun Reddy aggro in the film.
The teaser reveals the expansive scope of the film, directed by Puri Jagannadh and co-starring Ananya Panday. Former world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson filmed some scenes in Vegas, but that wasn’t revealed in the teaser.
“We are Indians,” Vijay Deverakonda’s Liger declares in one scene, and later says, “Wat laga denge (We’ll kick your butts),” as he challenges his opponents. MMA, as a sport, has been underrepresented in movies. Perhaps the most widely acclaimed example of an MMA film is the Tom Hardy, Joel Edgerton-starrer Warrior. Additionally, Halle Berry made her directorial debut earlier this year with the MMA film Bruised, and Nick Jonas appeared in a supporting role in the television show Kingdom, which was set in the world of MMA.