Backed by Karan Johar‘s Dharma Productions, directed by Puri Jagannadh and also starring Ananya Panday in the lead, the upcoming sports drama is all set to release on August 25. However, even before that,’#BoycottLigerMovie’ started trending on Twitter.
Various reasons are being cited by the netizens calling for the ‘Liger’ ban. Mainly, those who are boycotting the Telugu film is because of Karan Johar’s involvement in it.
One user wrote, “I will boycott the movie. You shouldn’t be associated with KJO or any other from Bullywood. #BoycottLigerMovie #BoycottLiger #BoycottBollywood #BoycottbollywoodForever #BoycottbollywoodCompletely”
Another one shared, “Dear vijay U don’t know why people boycott. Because the bollywood always disrespect our culture and the bollywood actor always give statements which can hurt people. A person call himself star because of people’s. #BoycottLigerMovie”
A third person wrote, “#BoycottLigerMovie Whoever will try to protect this shitty URDUWOOD will be straight away sent to the list of BOYCOTT ! we are not here to do CHARITY to their families ,we want GOOD CONTENT and NATIONALISTIC movies !!”
This is yet another movie after ‘Laal Singh Chhadha’, ‘Raksha Bandhan’, ‘Dobaaraa’ and the yet-to-be-released ‘Pathaan’, which the netizens have given a call to boycott citing various reasons.
Recently, in an interview, Vijay reacted to people boycotting Aamir Khan starrer ‘Laal Singh Chaddha’. He said that on a film set, apart from the actors and director, there are many other important characters, there are 200-300 actors working on a film, including staff members of actors. Vijay also pointed out that a film gives employment to many people and is a source of livelihood for many. He added that when Aamir Khan makes a ‘Laal Singh Chaddha’, it is his name that stars in the film, but there are 2000-3000 families that are being provided for. When you decide to boycott a film, you are not only affecting Aamir Khan, you are affecting thousands of families who lose work and livelihoods.
Speaking about ‘Liger’, after multiple delays due to COVID-19, the makers are currently promoting the film in full swing. Dharma Productions unveiled the film’s trailer and songs, both of which gathered positive feedback from the audience. The film marks Vijay’s debut in Hindi cinema and Ananya’s first multi-lingual film.