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Vijay Deverakonda says Liger nude poster was ‘utterly his name’: ‘I’ve a physique…’

Hullabaloo or no hullabaloo… It’s all the identical for actor Vijay Deverakonda who went virtually nude in a poster for his pan-India movie Liger and appears fairly unconcerned in regards to the controversy it will probably result in. There had been considerations from the Liger staff, together with producer Karan Johar, however Deverakonda was decided to go forward with the poster that reveals him nude and holding only a bouquet of roses.

“I don’t care, if there is hullabaloo or there is no hullabaloo. I don’t mind either,” the star informed PTI in an interview when requested if he’s glad his poster did not land him in hassle in the best way that Bollywood star Ranveer Singh discovered himself to be.

Singh’s bare-bodied photoshoot for a world journal had induced an enormous controversy final month and a number of other instances had been filed in opposition to the Bollywood star. Deverakonda’s poster got here out earlier however escaped the identical scrutiny.

The Arjun Reddy star stated among the staff members, together with the movie’s producer Karan Johar, had been hesitant to launch the poster as they discovered it to be “sensitive”. “When the promotions had been beginning, I felt I wished to start out with this poster. So, I spoke to Karan and everybody, and so they had been like, ‘Are you certain? Because it’s delicate and other people can react. The movie is so good that you simply need not put this out.’

“But I used to be like, ‘If you do not put it out, then I’m placing it out. So, both you do it within the official capability or I’m placing it out on my web page. I do not care, it’s my image and I’m placing it out.’ And they had been like, ‘Fine, if you wish to do it, let’s do it,'” the 33-year-old actor stated.

Directed by Puri Jagannadh, Liger stars Vijay Deverakonda as an underdog fighter from Mumbai, who competes in an MMA championship.

The concept for the poster got here from Deverakonda, who turned an in a single day star after the success of his 2017 Telugu film Arjun Reddy.

“I simply get some concepts in my head and if I get excited by it, I do it. There is rarely an excessive amount of thought into it. So, it was utterly my name simply that I felt like and I did it. I’ve a physique, so present it,” he added.

According to the actor, the tradition of such photoshoots just isn’t new as sportspersons within the West usually pose semi-nude for magazines.

“I watch blended martial arts lots and I’m a giant fan of the game and actively observe it. So, I understand how these guys stay their lives, how they behave and what they do and stuff. And a whole lot of these sports activities guys have carried out shoots like this. Loads of these fighters have carried out shoots for magazines as a result of they’re in unimaginable form. They do the stuff only for the kick, I assume,” Deverakonda stated.

He additional stated that he was within the “right shape” bodily and he believed it was apt time to aim one thing comparable for Liger. “When I used to be in combating form and we had been doing the common photoshoot for the poster of the film, I went to my director and producer and stated I need to shoot one shot the place I’m simply holding a bunch of flowers as a result of it’s a love story. But this man is a fighter.

“So, it’s a combination of motion and love story. Then they had been like okay and stated ‘If you need to do it, do it.’ We shot it and we stored it. And this was shot like six or eight months in the past,” the actor stated.

The sports activities drama additionally stars Ananya Panday, Ramya Krishnan and boxing legend Mike Tyson.

Produced by Puri Jagannadh and Charmme Kaur by means of their banner Puri Connects and Karan Johar and Apoorva Mehta by way of Dharma Productions, Liger shall be launched in theaters on August 25 in Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada and Malayalam.

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With inputs from TheIndianEXPRESS

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