Exclusive interview! Vijay Deverakonda on his leading lady in ‘Liger’: Ananya Panday works hard and is a fun co-star

Vijay Deverakonda is all set to enter Bollywood with a bang. He has signed up for an action-packed adventure titled ‘Liger’, which will be backed by Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions. The team announced today that ‘Liger’ will hit the screens on September 9.

Speaking about the much-anticipated movie, Vijay admits that he had never really planned on entering Bollywood and that ‘Liger’ happened organically. “I’m not someone who works on plans. As soon as I heard the script, the story, I wanted it to be a part of it. And it made sense to make a pan-India movie because it was a story that I feel the country will enjoy watching. I felt ready for it hence we scaled it up. Everyone was on board and we set it up that way. But it was not an intentional plan to enter Bollywood. ‘Liger’ is just something that happened,” he asserts. Vijay will be seen romancing Ananya Panday in the Puri Jagannadh directorial. Speaking about his three-film-old co-star, the actor adds, “Ananya is lovely! She works hard and does a really good job. She’s a fun co-star.”

When asked about how different it was to work in a South movie vis-a-vis a Hindi film, Vijay points out, “My director, Puri Jagannadh is from Hyderabad, my cameraman Vishnu Sharma is a Malayali, and Ananya is from Bollywood, while one of my producers is from Hyderabad and one is from Bombay–so, it is a good mix. We just work the way we know. I wouldn’t claim to know how the Bollywood industry works; I think I am still working through the Telugu film industry ways.”

Apart from his Bollywood debut, Vijay was recently roped in as the brand ambassador for a hip-hop festival, which is in its fourth season. Speaking about his interest in hip-hop music, the actor adds, “Everyone loves music, dance. I like hip-hop. I didn’t have access to music when I was in a hostel as it was not allowed but once I came to Hyderabad, I was introduced to a lot of hip-hop music. I know the songs, I sing along and that’s important”.