Filmmaker Puri Jagannadh, producer Charmme questioned by ED over Liger funding ‘from foreign source’


Filmmaker Puri Jagannadh and producer Charmme Kaur have been questioned by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Thursday over the funding of their final launch Liger. As per reviews, each Puri and Charmme have been summoned by ED to know in regards to the particulars of the financiers of the movie. Additionally learn: Liger combines the worst of Bollywood misogyny and Puri Jaggannath’s movies

Liger was directed by Puri Jagannadh and it starred Vijay Deverakonda, Ramya Krishnan and Ananya Pandayy. Karan Johar got here on board to current the movie in Hindi. The movie marked Vijay’s Bollywood debut. Regardless of being aggressively promoted as a pan-India movie, Liger failed on the field workplace.

Following reviews that cash used to fund the movie got here from a international supply, which is a transparent violation of the International Alternate Administration Act (FEMA) of 1999, ED summoned Puri and Charmme to verify the id of their traders.

“The ED officials wanted to know the name of the company or individuals, who funded the movie. They strongly believe that the money used to fund the movie came from abroad. They’re investigating to check if any of this funding was in violation of FEMA,” a supply instructed HT. The supply added that the filmmaker-producer duo was grilled for near 12 hours. Some reviews declare that some politicians invested their black cash to fund the film.

Liger had opened to largely middling response from the audiences with most calling the movie ‘formulaic’ and ‘wasted opportunity’ for Vijay who spent three years on the undertaking. An excerpt of the Hindustan Instances evaluation of Liger had mentioned, “Liger is loud from the word go. Be it the characters, action in the ring or background music – it’s all screeching in your ears non-stop for 140 minutes. One thing that’s evident from the start is that Bollywood doesn’t seem to learn its mistakes. How many times has portraying characters with disabilities such as speech impairment put filmmakers into trouble and Liger is no different…”

Even earlier than the discharge of Liger, it was introduced that Vijay and Puri will work collectively on one other undertaking titled Jana Gana Mana. It was additionally introduced that the movie will likely be launched in August 2023. Nevertheless, the undertaking was later dropped.

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