Janhvi Kapoor Was ‘Liger’ Director’s First Choice, Reveals Karan Johar Suggested Ananya Panday For The Role

Ananya Panday and Vijay Deverakonda have been making headlines for their recent film Liger. However, the filmmaker has now revealed that Ananya wasn’t his first choice for the female lead role in the film. Director Puri Jagannadh revealed that he hoped to cast Janhvi Kapoor but their dates didn’t match.

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During an interview, Puri revealed that he used to be a big fan of Sridevi and wanted to work with the late actress’ daughter. He said, “I am a big fan of Sridevi ji, so I wanted to cast Janhvi Kapoor, but her dates were not available. After listening to the story, he (Karan Johar) suggested Ananya Pandey.”

In the past few weeks, Janvhi and Vijay have become a fan favourite pairing without the two working together. During her Koffee With Karan episode on season 7, Janhvi was often teased for her social interaction with Vijay. While they didn’t work together in Liger, fans was hoping the two will be able to collaborate on another project in near future.

Lauding KJo for his casting calls and his experience, Puri also revealed that Karan had been waiting to work with Vijay since Arjun Reddy. Liger will be releasing in several languages including Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, and Malayalam.

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“He (Karan Johar) is the king. Basically, I love Karan a lot. When Karan saw Vijay’s Arjun Reddy, he had really liked him. Karan had said that if Vijay comes across any good script, he should bring it to him. So, when I narrated Liger’s story to Vijay, he told me that we should take it Karan. So we came here (to Mumbai) and then the collaboration happened,” the filmmaker said.

The film set to release on August 25, 2022, also stars Ramya Krishnan alongside boxing legend Mike Tyson as the villain. The trailer and songs of the film have received mixed reaction from critics and fans. However, long-term fans of the actor are waiting for it to hit the big screen. Liger will mark Vijay’s Bollywood debut.

Cover artwork by Bhavya Poonia/Mashable India


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