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Puri and Charmme questioned about Foreign Funds

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Sensational director Puri Jagannadh has been facing the heat of Liger and he was badly criticized after the film’s release. He was back in news recently after the distributors threatened him. His voice tape went viral in no time and Puri even issued an official statement about the same. The top director is now drilled by the investigation agency Enforcement Directorate. Puri and Charmme were questioned for 11 hours in Hyderabad yesterday and they are asked to be available for the investigation. The questioning went around the foreign funds and the investments made in the film.

American boxer Mike Tyson was paid a bomb for the film and the officials questioned about how Puri managed to pool international funds and he was questioned about the transactions. For now, Puri is yet to repay to his buyers and the officials are even investigating about the recent transactions of Puri Jagannadh and Charmme. There are strong speculations that Puri received investments from politicians. The investigation in this case will take some more time and no conclusions are made. The lead actor Vijay Deverakonda who was promised profits in the film was not paid much after the release of Liger.

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Puri and Charmme investigated by ED

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The officials of the Enforcement Directorate served notices to Tollywood director Puri Jagannadh and his partner Charmme. The duo appeared before the officials of ED for investigation over the investments made in their recent feature film Liger. They are being investigated since morning about the investments pooled by Puri and Charmme. There are speculations that the Enforcement Directorate received a tip that renowned politicians invested in Liger. All the transactions related to the film are being verified. Puri and Charmme may have to appear before the ED once again. They are served notices 15 days ago. Liger directed and produced by Puri Jagannadh featured Vijay Deverakonda in the lead role and the film ended up as one of the biggest disasters of the year.

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More Troubles for Puri Jagannadh

Sensational director Puri Jagannadh delivered a number of super hits along with massive debacles. Though he lost or earned his own money, he was never into a financial mess or legal hurdles. For the first time, things turned uglier and there are lot of people who are being suffered because of the legal mess and the financial delays of Liger. The film was released on an advance basis and it was Chadalavada Srinivasa Rao (Film Producer), Shobhan (Financier), Warangal Srinu (Distributor) handled the Telugu business. They acquired advances from the distributors and exhibitors with the promise of full refund and paid to Puri Jagannadh.

Strict agreements are made that the payments will be made within 50 days if the amounts are not recovered upon the promise of Puri. With a huge delay in the recovery and a severe cash crunch in the market, the distributors and exhibitors mounted pressure on Puri Jagannadh to repay the amounts. Puri should have requested some more time but he was not available to address the issue. He was absent in Hyderabad and he is busy in Mumbai which made the situation worse. Puri is yet to receive the payments through the non-theatrical deals and he is ready to repay the amounts.

He should have managed to pool some of the funds as he already made profits through Liger. If he would have repaid a portion of the amount and requested more time from the distributors by meeting them in person, the things would not have turned worse or ugly. Now, the financial settlements of Liger turned out to be a discussion across the Tollywood circles. This would sure turn out to be a dent for Puri Jagannadh in the future for his films. He will have to release his films on his own in the future if they do not feature stars. Else, he should sell off the rights before release which may not happen considering the pathetic performance of Liger.

Its hight time for Puri Jagannadh to settle the issue at the earliest. Else the problems would mount up badly.

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Fact Check: Liger Financial Settlements

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An audio byte of Puri Jagannadh got leaked last evening which is circulated widely. Puri promised to pay back the losses of Liger and there was a delay in the settlements as Puri Jagannadh is yet to receive the payments for the non-theatrical rights of the film. The digital deals are closed well in advance but the final payments are yet to reach Puri. The exhibitors have lost their cool and they decided to protest. The distributors are promised to be paid back in 50 days and the deadline got completed. Financier Shoban is responsible to settle the issue with Puri Jagannadh and repay back to the distributors.

Puri feels that he is blackmailed after the exhibitors threatened of protesting before his office. Puri is not answerable to the exhibitors. Some of the distributors paid huge advances and they released the film on an advance basis. They are not responsible for the losses and it is the responsibility of Puri Jagannadh to pay back on time. It is good if the issue gets closed at the earliest before it turns out to be a news and discussion for everyone. Puri Jagannadh is currently in Mumbai and he is working on his next film. For now, there is no clarity about his next film. The lead actor would be finalized once the final script is locked.

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Puri Jagannadh facing the heat of Liger

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Liger is one of the biggest ever debacles of the year. The film’s director Puri Jagannadh promised to return back and compensate for the losses. The exhibitors and distributors have been waiting for Puri but the dues are yet to be settled. A bunch of exhibitors decided to protest before the office of Puri Jagannadh. The sensational director says that he is ready to face the heat if the protests are done. Keeping the profit and loss statement aside, it is better to settle the issue before things turn ugly.

Some of the territories are released on an advance basis and Puri has to repay the losses in the Telugu states. The top director has never got a bad remark about financial settlements and he stands first to repay the losses. Puri is currently in Mumbai and he is expected to meet the financiers soon and repay the amounts. Liger featured Vijay Deverakonda, Ananya Pandey, Mike Tyson and Ramya Krishna in the lead roles. Puri Connects produced Liger which was a pan-Indian attempt.

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Megastar and Puri Jagannadh’s Interesting Conversation

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Sensational director Puri Jagannadh played a cameo in Megastar Chiranjeevi’s recent film God Father. The duo participated in an Instagram live chat during which an interesting conversation took place. Megastar questioned Puri about their long-delayed and discussed film ‘Auto Johnny’ for which Puri had a quick answer. “Will come and meet you soon with another script. Auto Johnny is kept aside. I am penning one more interesting script for you” told Puri.

Megastar made fun saying that he has given an opportunity for Puri in God Father and he is waiting for his turn. Puri thanked Megastar for the gesture and he clarified that he would meet soon with a powerful script. Megastar also asked Puri to go ahead if he has his own commitments. He also promised to attend the launch of Puri’s next. Chiranjeevi is yet to announce his next after Waltair Veerayya and Bhola Shankar. Puri Jagannadh is shattered by the debacle of Liger and he has to make a strong comeback soon. He is currently working on a script and he would announce his next film soon.

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Tollywood waiting for the comeback of Puri

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Puri Jagannadh holds a special place in the hearts of the Tollywood audience. He is known for making films at a quick pace and on strict budgets. He scored some of the biggest hits of Telugu cinema and even massive debacles. Most of his producers never lost money. Puri bounced back every time after he reached rock bottom. Puri is an inspiration for directors like SS Rajamouli and VV Vinayak. They lauded him several times for his quick work. The characterizations of the lead actors in Puri’s films are remembered for ages. His recent film Liger ended up as the biggest flop in the career of Puri Jagannadh.

Puri Jagannadh is criticized and trolled like never before. For the first time, there are comments that the career of this talented director came to an end. Some of them even said that Puri Jagannadh’s writing and direction were lazy. The talented director is celebrating his birthday. The entire Tollywood along with his fans and film lovers are waiting for the grand comeback of Puri Jagannadh. Hope he bounces back with a blockbuster. The big announcement about his next project is awaited.

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Liger Settlements: Puri announces a Deadline

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Puri Jagannadh made over Rs 50 crores through Liger and the film left the buyers in huge losses. The distributors have been meeting Puri Jagannadh about the promised refunds and compensations. Puri Jagannadh promised to refund the promised amounts before this month end. The entire transactions will be completed before September 30th promised Puri Jagannadh. The top director is in plans to take a break and come out of the debacle of Liger. He will start working on the script of his next film soon.

There are reports that Puri Jagannadh will shift from Mumbai to Goa soon and will work on couple of scripts. For now, there is no clarity about his next film. His next announced film Janaganamana is shelved and Vijay Deverakonda moved on to his next projects. Puri Jagannadh was trolled badly after the release of Liger and this happened never before in the past though he delivered a lot of duds. Hope he makes his comeback soon.

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Puri Jagannadh shifting his base to Goa?

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Puri Jagannadh is shattered with the result of Liger. The top director needs to bounce back and he is on a break. For now, his next film Janaganamana is kept on hold and there are reports that the film is shelved. Puri Jagannadh who moved to Mumbai months ago is said to have vacated the lavish office space in Mumbai recently. Puri Jagannadh is in plans to take a break before announcing his next. There are reports that Puri is now in plans to shift his base to Goa.

He is said to have zeroed a couple of beach-facing spaces in Goa and he will work on his upcoming scripts. Despite reports about his next project, he is yet to take a call on his next film. With all the Tollywood actors occupied with several projects, Puri Jagannadh will take his time and work on the scripts of his upcoming films. Puri is in talks with the buyers of Liger and he will compensate for the losses soon.

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Janaganamana: A Nightmare for Puri Jagannadh

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Janaganamana happens to be the dream project of Puri Jagannadh. The talented director scored several blockbusters in his career and he bounced back several times after reaching rock bottom. But he is unable to direct his dream project Janaganamana. After crossing all the barriers, he announced Janaganamana with Vijay Deverakonda. The film was launched and the first schedule of the film too was completed. The film is now shelved after Liger ended up as a massive dud. My Home Group, the producers of Janaganamana backed out of the film.

There are a lot of speculations about the project but Puri is currently tightlipped for now. The film being his dream project, Puri decided to direct the film at any cost. There is no young or star actor available. Puri is keen to revive the film with another actor. Janaganamana is a film that needs a star as the film has to be made on a lavish budget. We have to wait to see what happens next. For now, Puri is clearing all the dues of Liger.

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Liger issue heading for a Legal Tussle

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Liger is the biggest disaster of Indian cinema this year. The distributors lost big amounts in Telugu states and they are demanding a refund as the film is released on an advance basis in most of the territories. After the distributors and the financiers approached Charmme for the same, there was no response from them. A close insider told that Puri Jagannadh and Charmme made handsome profits before the release. They are now denying it saying that they have lost a huge amount on the film.

The distributors are now in plans to meet tomorrow and approach Puri Jagannadh to compensate for the same. If the producers deny repaying for their losses, they are keen to approach the Film Chamber. Puri promised to repay the advances after the film ended up as a dud. But things changed in the recent week. We have to see if Puri and Charmme will solve the issue or if it heads for a legal tussle.

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My Home Group backs out of Janaganamana

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We have revealed that Puri Jagannadh and the producers of Janaganamana are in talks about the budgets and the further plans after Liger bombed at the box-office. My Home Group is said to have spent Rs 20 crores already on the pre-production work and the first two schedules of the film. After a series of discussions, My Home Group walked out of the project as they felt that the project is not viable financially. They decided to walk out of the project. Puri Jagannadh and Vijay Deverakonda will discuss about the project and it would happen if they find a producer.

Else, Puri will have to do one more project for My Home Group and this will happen at a later date. Puri Jagannadh is in Mumbai and he will return back to Hyderabad this weekend. He will meet the distributors and will refund the losses. Excluding East Godavari, he will have to repay the complete losses in AP region. Warangal Srinu lost a big amount for Nizam and Puri will return back for him. For now, there is no clarity about the next project of Puri Jagannadh.

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Puri Jagannadh’s crucial meeting on Liger

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Sensational director Puri Jagannadh is trolled and criticized like never before in his career. His recent offering Liger is a massive dud and the distributors lost big amounts on the film. Puri and Vijay expected that the film would rake massive numbers in its final run. With the asking stakes high, some of the buyers backed out. Warangal Srinu bought the film for Nizam region and he is staring at huge losses. Some of the regions in Andhra are released on an advance basis. Puri Jagannadh will have to compensate and repay the advances for the buyers.

Dil Raju and NV Prasad already met Puri Jagannadh and informed him about the same. Puri Jagannadh will meet the buyers next week and will refund the lost amount for some of the regions where the film was released on an advance basis. The film’s financiers Shobhan and others too kept hold of some of the regions and released the film on an advance basis. Puri and his team have pocketed close to Rs 60 crores and they will have to shell out the majority of this amount to compensate for the losses of Liger. The film would not be a loss venture for Puri Jagannadh and Charmme but they will have to repay back to the buyers from the profits.

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Liger team shells out a Whopping pay for Mike Tyson

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Liger turned out to be a huge embarrassment for Vijay Deverakonda and Puri Jagannadh. The film is declared as one of the biggest disasters of Indian cinema. American boxing champion Mike Tyson played a crisp role in the film. Puri was badly trolled for misusing Mike Tyson and there are debates about the silly climax. The makers of Liger paid a whopping Rs 25 crores for the cameo appearance of Mike Tyson. This is huge considering his screen presence and the prominence of his role.

Frankly speaking, Mike Tyson’s presence did not bring any extra mileage for the project. There are talks that Vijay Deverakonda and Karan Johar were against the idea of roping in Mike Tyson but Puri Jagannadh convinced them and he paid a whopping Rs 25 crores for Tyson. Liger is a wasted opportunity and the film is declared as a disaster in all the released languages. Puri Jagannadh and Karan Johar bankrolled Liger, a sports drama that had Vijay Deverakonda, Ananya Pandey and Ramya Krishna in the lead roles.

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Liger Movie Review – Vijay’s Show !

 

Liger Movie Review

Liger Movie Review

TELUGU360 RATING 2.5/5

Story :

Karimnagar resident Balamani (Ramya Krishna) wants her son Liger ( Vijay ) to become a national champion in Martial arts. The mother-son duo move to Mumbai to pursue their life ambition. Macho man Liger initially concentrates on his career dream but gets distracted when in love with Taniya ( Ananya Panday). The rest of the film deals with the dispute between the lead couple, the World MMA championship in Las Vegas, and finally the Kidnaping event in USA episodes.

Analysis:

Puri Jagan takes off the film in a promising manner, however, the impression fizzles as he delivers very predictable stuff scene after another. Vijay’s characterization stands out in the first half while the terribly written Taniya ( Ananya Panday) – Liger ( Vijay ) love thread plays the spoilsport.

As in a typical sports film template, Liger deals with the ambitious hero. In the training phase, the director downplays him as an underdog. Vijay’s clash with rich counterparts and typical love track episodes are very predictable stuff from Puri Jagan and the team. Given the nationwide buzz, this film got from the beginning, this monotonous script and lackluster direction is unacceptable. Despite predictable narration, the first half is still able to watch. The conflict point between the lead couple is awful; the eventual justification for the conflict is laughable.

We can call out this film’s love track as one of the worst in Puri Jagan’s career. He has the capability of delivering engaging threads, and characterization with ease. That strength of Puri Jagan is amiss in Liger.

Once the hero Liger becomes the national champion, the story goes over the top. Liger gets an invitation to the international championship, Ali helps the cause, and Chunkey Panday sponsors the trip as such scenes are silly. By pre-climax, the film sounds like a comedy film rather than an inspiring sports one. The climax episode with Mike Tyson is a colossal waste of time, money, and energy of all involved persons. Ramya Krishna’s characterization is good in the first half, but the over-the-top antics in the second half unbearable.

A great opportunity to continue the pan-Indian Telugu film’s success streak is missed by Puri Jagan. His typical strengths are no longer visible. Maybe it is high time to get rid of his ‘ Deyyalu ‘ (If exists) and ‘ Focus ‘!

Performances:

Evidently, Vijay Deverakonda has put enormous effort in bodybuilding, to dub as a stammering character, and mainly to act in this tougher role. His fights are excellent, and so is the dance in Coka Song & Akdi Pakdi . Full marks to the hero and the director in this aspect.

Ananya Panday looks Okay but due to the awfully written Taniya role, the audience get irritated every time she appears on the screen. Ronit Roy as MMS coach is good. Ramya character is a mixed bag. Getup Srinu role fails to evoke humor. Chunky Panday , Ali play other characters. Vishu Reddy as Sanju is a good fit.

Dharma Productions & Puri Connects production values are good.

Positives:

– The solid screen presence of Vijay Deverakonda

– Mass appealing dialogues here and there

– Coka , Akdi Pakdi songs

Negatives:

– Terrible love track

– Overaction to Ramyakrishna role

-Highly predictable sports template

– Farcical second half

Verdict:

‘ Liger ‘ is a missed opportunity. Vijay Devarakonda did all the hard work, and his screen presence and performance are very good. Director Puri Jagan has poorly executed the script and failed to put up engaging scenes. Vijay Fans and mass film lovers can try this film!

TELUGU360 RATING 2.5/5

Release date: 25 August 2022 (India)
Director: Puri Jagannadh
Produced by: Karan Johar; Puri Jagannadh; Charmme Kaur; Apoorva Mehta; Hiroo Yash Johar
Production companies: Dharma Productions; Puri Connects
Music director: Vikram Montrose, Tanishk Bagchi, Sunil Kashyap
Cast : Vijay Deverakonda, Ananya Panday, Ramya Krishnan,Myke Tyson

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Puri Jagannadh takes a break from Social Media

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Puri Jagannadh who is quick in directing films had to spend close to three years on Liger. During the film’s promotions, Puri Jagannadh explained about the efforts every team member had to put into the project. He said that he has been staying away from social media as he needs more time for the post-production work. What’s so surprising is that Puri Jagannadh also deleted his WhatsApp. The real reason is that he receives a lot of jokes from his friends on this platform and hence the talented director decided to delete WhatsApp for a while.

Puri Jagannadh is also away from Twitter and other social media platforms for now. He said that he has a bunch of scripts ready and he is in plans to work with several Bollywood stars after the release of Liger. He also said that he would start working on a script for Megastar Chiranjeevi who rejected an idea in the past. Puri Jagannadh will soon resume the shoot of Janaganamana and the film too has Vijay Deverakonda in the lead role.

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Puri Jagannadh takes a Shocking Decision

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Sensational director Puri Jagannadh is an inspiration for many. He is a man who has seen several ups and lows in his career. Even directors like SS Rajamouli call him as an inspiration for quickly completing a project. Puri Jagannadh is one director who completes the script of a film and the dialogue version in just a week. Puri Jagannadh has been focused completely on Liger and he spent ample time on the film. He even allocated a long time for the post-production work of the project.

During his recent media interaction, Puri Jagannadh announced that he changed his plans. “I will spend more time on every project of mine after Liger. Will make memorable and landmark films in the future and I will never direct a film in a hurry” told Puri Jagannadh. This is a shocking decision for the audience and Tollywood. After the release of Liger, Puri Jagannadh will shift his focus on Janaganamana and the film marks the second collaboration of this top director with Vijay Deverakonda.

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I Haven’t Seen A Hero Like Vijay Before: Puri

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Vijay Deverakonda’s sports action-drama Liger directed by Puri Jagannadh is making huge noise, thanks to huge promotions and mass-appealing promotional stuff. The team celebrated Fandom event today in Warangal.

Director Puri Jagannadh recalled an incident of his wife scolding him and suggesting to follow the trend. “My wife told me to watch Sandeep Reddy Vanga and Vijay’s Arjun Reddy. My wife and my daughter watched it three times already. Just after watching 45 minutes of the movie, I decided to make a movie with Vijay. I indeed haven’t seen a hero like Vijay. He cares for the wellbeing of his filmmakers.

It was not easy to get Mike Tyson for the project. It took nearly one year for us. We just enjoyed working with the legend. It all happened because of Charmme. She took best care of the project and I could concentrate on my work. Liger is a pakka mass masala movie.”

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Puri Jagannadh’s safe bet for Liger

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Puri Jagannadh is the only Tollywood director who reached rock bottom and bounced back to the race several times in his career. Puri Jagannadh’s producers never lost big money as the director is quick to complete the shoot in packed schedules and in a tight budget. His films have no massive sets and he loves to shoot his films in realistic locales. The ace director is now set for the biggest bet in his career with Liger. The trailer brought good expectations to the film. There are several speculations about the film’s budget, non-theatrical and the theatrical deals.

Telugu360 has some exclusive information about the film’s budget. Karan Johar came on board as the co-producer of the film but he never invested a penny in the project. Puri Jagannadh pooled out the funds for the film. The budget heaped up slightly because of the pandemic. Two big sets are constructed in Mumbai and most of the film was wrapped in Mumbai. An important portion of the film is canned in USA. The makers closed the non-theatrical rights in advance and they fetched close to Rs 100 crores.

Puri Jagannadh and Vijay Deverakonda are taking minimal remunerations for the film and they would hold a lion’s share in the film’s profits. Karan Johar will release the Hindi theatrical version and he would take the profits from the Hindi version alone. The remunerations, budget, post-production work, interests and the promotional costs are recovered through the non-theatrical rights of Liger and Puri Jagannadh’s team is currently in a safe zone now.

The theatrical deals of Liger are sold for high prices and the team is betting big on the theatrical revenue. If the film fares well, Liger would be a huge profitable film for the team. Puri is spending a bomb on the promotions. Liger is hitting the screens on August 25th across the globe.

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Exclusive: Vijay Deverakonda and Puri to team up for the Third Time

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Sensational director Puri Jagannadh and young actor Vijay Deverakonda are done with their first film Liger which is due for release in August. The duo announced their second project Janaganamana and Puri started shooting for the film recently. Vijay Deverakonda is pretty confident on Puri Jagannadh and he announced his second with Puri even before Liger’s release. Telugu360 has exclusively learned that Vijay Deverakonda and Puri Jagannadh are all set to team up for the third time.

Puri Jagannadh narrated the basic plot for Vijay Deverakonda and the actor gave his nod. The film’s announcement will be made right before the completion of the shoot of Janaganamana. This is the first time, an actor and director are working continuously on three projects. Vijay Deverakonda is also shooting for Kushi in the direction of Shiva Nirvana. This romantic entertainer will hit the screens in December this year.

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