The long-in-the-making biopic on ace shuttler Saina Nehwal will now star Parineeti Chopra in the lead role. Earlier it was Baaghi actor Shraddha Kapoor who was signed to play Nehwal on the silver screen, and she had also been taking training in badminton from the youth icon herself.
Confirming the latest development, Bhushan Kumar, T-Series head, said, “We want to wrap up Saina by this year-end for an early 2020 release, so going ahead with the project is a decision taken by mutual consent. We are glad Parineeti has come on board for the film. Saina has made every Indian proud and we can’t wait to take her story to the world in the year of the Olympics.”
The biopic on Nehwal is being directed by filmmaker Amol Gupte. Shraddha reportedly even trained under Indian team head coach Pullela Gopichand for over a month-and-a-half to get into the role of a badminton player. After extensive training, Shraddha started filming the movie in September 2018, but it had to be stalled as she was diagnosed with dengue.
According to a source, it is because of Shraddha’s busy schedule that she had to leave the project. The actor has films like Chhichhore, Street Dancer 3D, Saaho and Baaghi 3 in her kitty.
Talking about being a part of the sports biopic, Parineeti said, “I was dying to do a sports-based film. It is a part of my personality as an actor that I have never explored, and I am so happy that I get to portray a strong and powerful girl like Saina. She has put our country on the world map, and I excited to put in all the training and hard work that comes with learning the game of Badminton and portraying Saina on screen.”
The biopic will be produced by T-Series’ Bhushan Kumar.