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Liger-fame Vijay Deverakonda: I love acting, but I equally value life outside work

Vijay Deverakonda's Liger, directed by Puri Jagannadh, hit the screens on August 25.

Liger-fame Vijay Deverakonda: I love acting, but I equally value life outside work

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Last Updated: 07.02 PM, Aug 27, 2022

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Vijay Deverakonda, who is basking in the success of Liger, stated that the audience's love has blown him away. "I was promoting this film across India and realised how much people adored me. 'Am I even deserving of all of this?' I wonder at times."

Liger is Vijay Deverakonda's Bollywood debut. When asked about his plans, the actor said that he is not interested in signing films right away. "I'll take some time after Liger is released to consider my options. For the time being, I'd like to travel. I already have Kushi (co-starring Samantha) on my platter, as well as Jana Gana Mana."

He has, however, stated that he enjoys acting. "I know acting will not last forever, so I treat it as a job. I enjoy my job and enjoy acting, and I will continue to do so as long as I enjoy it. Having friends and family, as well as a life outside of work, is important to me. That is something I keep close to my heart."

The cast and crew of Liger
The cast and crew of Liger

The Arjun Reddy actor admitted he enjoys the advantages of being an actor. "I am grateful because it makes my life easier. Because I am Vijay Deverakonda, I can now get the best doctor for anyone in my family who is ill. This is the best thing that has ever happened to me. I am grateful for everything my career has given me."

On his stardom, he stated, "People identify with me because I am one of them. I put in a lot of effort for them, and I appreciate it. The audience's enthusiasm inspired me to do Liger. I want to make great films and give my all in my performances as a way of repaying their love. It is not something I take for granted."

Vijay Deverakonda trained for two years to get this body for Liger. Kuldeep Sethi, the actor's fitness coach, said, "With Vijay, it is always fun because he is a good student. As a celebrity, he is of course a big star, and after Arjun Reddy, he became an even bigger star. He is very sincere when it comes to training. He trains for his characters as well as for his physical health."

Vijay Deverakonda in Liger
Vijay Deverakonda in Liger

Sethi is well-known for training other celebrities like Chiranjeevi, Rashmika Mandanna, and Ram Charan. He went on to say, "Vijay signed Liger with Puri sir in December 2019, and we discussed his role and he shared specifics about his character. Puri sir discussed Vijay's appearance, telling me that because he is a UFC fighter, his body must look a certain way. If I combine the lockdown period and the ups and downs along the way, we worked together for two years to achieve and maintain his physique for the film, which would have taken around six months otherwise."

He added, "Vijay worked on his body and appearance throughout the lockdown to maintain his physique. We had to focus on Vijay's lower body and forearms the most because we didn't want his arms and chest to be too bulky like a bodybuilder in Liger. UFC fighters are leaner, not bulkier, so we had to carve his body to fit his weight category and personality, given that he needed to be more athletic."

Also starring Ronit Roy and Ramya Krishnan, Liger had a theatrical release on August 25.

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