"if things go wrong, you feel devastated obviously."
Chunky Pandey has commented on the box office failure of Liger.
The film starred his daughter Ananya Panday and Vijay Deverakonda. The pair extensively promoted the film.
It was released in August 2022, however, it received negative reviews, with many calling the film a wasted opportunity.
The film amassed just Rs. 20 Crore (£2 million) at the box office.
Liger was directed by Puri Jagannadh and marked Vijay’s Bollywood debut.
It was also Ananya’s first bilingual film.
Vijay played the role of an MMA fighter in the film. It also starred Ramya Krishna, Ronit Roy and Makarand Deshpande.
Mike Tyson featured in an extended cameo.
Chunky Pandey, who played Ananya’s father in the film, said:
“It is with any film. An actor gives 100 per cent to the film, you promote it, and if things go wrong, you feel devastated obviously.
“But you have to live with it and you move on. It is a tricky business and I think Ananya is aware of this.”
Chunky went on to say that one must not “underestimate or overestimate anything” in the film business.
He continued: “There are almost 400 people working on it.
“As actors, you only see portions of it, you don’t know what is happening.
“So, we never know what the end result will be. You must take it the way it comes. You have to move on.”
Days after Liger‘s release, the film’s co-producer Charmee Kaur announced she would be taking a break from social media.
She said: “Chill guys! Just taking a break (from social media) @PuriConnects will bounce back. Bigger and Better… until then, Live and let Live.”
In October 2022, Vijay Deverakonda opened up about the film’s poor box office performance whilst accepting an award at SIIMA 2022.
The actor said:
“We all have good days. We all have not so good days. We all have shi**y days.”
“But irrespective of how we feel, we need to get up.
“I promise to you… maybe actually I didn’t want to be here taking this award but I came here.
“As I speak to you, I promise to you I will get the job done for all of you. You will be entertained. Great cinema will be made. Thank you all. It’s such an honour to be here.”