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Vijay Deverakonda talks about first acting gig on Balakrishna's show Unstoppable

As a child, the artiste had appeared in a television series on Sai Baba, which was shot in Puttaparthi in Andhra Pradesh.

Vijay Deverakonda on Unstoppable

Haricharan Pudipeddi

Vijay Deverakonda spoke about his stint as a child actor recently on Nandamuri Balakrishna’s talk show Unstoppable.

Vijay made an appearance on the show alongside Puri Jagannadh, the director of his film Liger (2022), and actress-producer Charmme Kaur. Unstoppable is being streamed on the OTT platform Aha.

In a teaser for the show, Balakrishna is seen playing a childhood video of Vijay from his schooldays. The clip is apparently from a television show on Sai Baba. 

Speaking about the clip, Vijay said, “I grew up and studied in an ashram in Puttaparthi. Once, they shot a TV serial on Sai Baba and they signed chubby-looking kids to play small parts in the serial.” 

In Liger, Vijay plays a mixed martial arts fighter. The actor underwent training in Thailand to prepare for his character. Karan Johar has come on board to release the film in Hindi.

The film, which also stars Ananya Panday, has been shot simultaneously in Telugu and Hindi and will be dubbed into other languages as well. Besides Telugu, Vijay has dubbed his lines in Hindi as well. Liger will also see boxing legend Mike Tyson make a cameo.

The project was supposed to be made in Telugu with actor Jr NTR a few years ago. However, it didn’t materialize as NTR was busy with multiple commitments.

Eventually, Puri pitched the idea to Vijay and brought him on board.

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