Vijay Deverakonda appears before ED in Liger's money laundering case
Telugu superstar Vijay Deverakonda on Wednesday had to appear before the Enforcement Directorate in connection with the funding of his film Liger which was released in August this year.
Reports said the ED is probing the alleged violation of the Foreign Exchange Management Act over the remuneration and payments that were made to the cast of the film including the American boxer Mike Tyson.
Earlier, the central agency had summoned Liger’s director Puri Jagannadh and Charmme Kaur. Reports said they were questioned over the source of investments made for Liger.
Liger hit the silver screen on August 25 in both Hindi and Telugu language. The film starred Vijay Deverakonda and Ananya Panday in the lead roles while Mike Tyson played an important role.
If reports are to be believed the film was shot with a budget of Rs 90 crore, however, it failed at the box office and didn’t even collect 30% of its budget.
Morever, Liger was also trolled for its poorly written script and Ananya Panday’s acting. A section of cinema lovers was disappointed as the film marked the Bollywood debut of Vijay Deverakonda and called it his wasted opportunity.
Bankrolled by Puri Jagannadh, Charmme Kaur, and Karan Johar, Liger also starred Ramya Krishnan, Ali, Ronit Roy, and Makrand Deshpande in titular roles.
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After Liger failed at the box office, there were reports of Deverakonda returning his fees to the producer.
Meanwhile, Vijay Deverakonda is all set to star opposite Prabhas in Salaar, reports claimed. If reports are to be believed, the actor will play the role of Prabhas’ younger brother in Prashant Neel’s directorial. The film will star Shruti Haasan as the female lead and is expected to hit the theatres on September 28, 2023.
However, makers are yet to make any official announcement regarding Vijay Deverakonda joining the cast.
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