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Vijay Deverakonda trained for 2 years to get a fighter’s body for Liger, fitness coach reveals how he prepared for scene with Mike Tyson

  • September 20, 2022

Vijay Deverakonda plays a UFC fighter in his upcoming Puri Jagannadh directorial Liger, also starring Ananya Pandey, Ramya Krishnan and Mike Tyson. The Telugu star’s chiselled body has been in the spotlight in the film’s posters, trailer and teasers, with the makers also sharing a poster of the actor standing in a boxing ring, with just a bouquet of red roses held strategically to hide his modesty.

In this interview with indianexpress.com, Vijay’s fitness coach Kuldep Sethi shares insights into how the Telugu star worked on getting a ripped body for Liger and to look convincing in fight sequences with Mike Tyson.

Vijay, even without appearing in a single Bollywood film, has become an instant national crush and enjoys a great fan following on social media. So, how does he manage his looks and physique? Kuldep, who has also trained other south Indian stars like Chiranjeevi , Rashmika Mandanna, Ram Charan and Varun Tej, shares that the Telugu star has no hang-ups and is very sincere about his work outs.

He says, “With Vijay, it is always fun, because he is a good student. As a celebrity, he is of course a big star, after Arjun Reddy he became an even bigger star. He is very sincere when it comes to training. He trains for his characters as well as for his personal physical health.”

Talking about Liger, Kuldeep says Vijay didn’t need to bulk-up, instead he wanted a flexible and athletic body. “In December 2019, Vijay signed Liger with Puri sir, and we discussed his role and he shared specifics about his character. Puri sir too discussed Vijay’s look and told me that he is a UFC fighter, so his body had to look a certain way. If I combine the lockdown period and the ups and down through

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