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Liger director Puri Jagganadh says Janhvi Kapoor was first choice for film, but 'Karan Johar suggested' Ananya Panday

Aug 17, 2022 06:03 PM IST

Liger's director Puri Jagannadh has said that he wanted to cast Janhvi Kapoor in the film but her dates were not available.

Ananya Panday and Vijay Deverakonda are currently promoting their upcoming film Liger. In a new interview, Liger's director Puri Jagannadh revealed that Ananya wasn't his first choice for the film. He said that being a Sridevi fan, he wanted her daughter Janhvi Kapoor to take up the project but she wasn't avaailable to do the film. Also Read: Janhvi Kapoor says she was made to feel ‘worthless’ during Dhadak and Gunjan Saxena: 'It triggered anxiety'

Filmmaker Puri Jagannadh wanted to cast Janhvi Kapoor in Liger.
Filmmaker Puri Jagannadh wanted to cast Janhvi Kapoor in Liger.

On Tuesday, during a media interaction in Mumbai, Puri said, “I am a big fan of Sridevi ji, so I wanted to cast Janhvi Kapoor, but her dates were not available.” He said after Janhvi's dates were not available he went to Karan Johar to take up suggestions for the film's lead. Puri said, “After listening to the story, he (Karan Johar) suggested Ananya Pandey.”

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He added, “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.”

Both Ananya and Vijay are currently busy promoting Liger which is all set to hit the theatres on August 25, 2022, in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, and Malayalam. The film will also star Ramya Krishnan and boxing legend Mike Tyson.

On Wednesday, Ananya and Vijay went to his Hyderabad home to seek blessings from his mother. She shared pictures of the meeting on her Instagram handle and captioned it, "Blessings from Vijay's amma @deverakonda and a pooja at his home in Hyderabad for #Liger #Thankful #Grateful #Blessed thank you auntyyyyy."

Ananya Panday visits co-star Vijay Deverakonda's home in Hyderabad,
Ananya Panday visits co-star Vijay Deverakonda's home in Hyderabad,

Vijay also shared the post on his Instagram Stories, which he captioned, "This whole month touring across India and receiving so much love already felt like god's blessing! But mummy feels we needed his protection as Pooja and sacred bands for all of us. Now she will sleep in peace while we continue our tour #Liger."

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