'Illegal' funding for 'Liger': Vijay Deverakonda appears before ED

The film faces complaint for violating Foreign Exchange Management Act


Popular South Indian actor Vijay Deverakonda appeared before the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in connection with an investigation into the alleged Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) violation in the funding of his pan-India movie, Liger.

The actor appeared before the ED authorities in the agency's Hyderabad office on Wednesday morning. Vijay Deverakonda was reportedly questioned about the funding of the movie, the fee he received, and the remuneration paid to other actors, including boxer Mike Tyson who appeared in a brief role in the movie.

A few days ago, the ED had questioned the director of Liger Puri Jagannadh and producer Charmee Kaur.

The ED had received a complaint about the movie allegedly getting foreign funding, and Hawala money being invested in it. According to media reports, a politician from Telangana is accused of investing money that he received from abroad in the movie.

The movie, which was shot in Las Vegas among other places, was produced at a cost of about Rs 125 crore, but failed to set box office cash registers ringing.