Indian actor Shraddha Kapoor to play badminton ace Saina Nehwal in biopic
Shraddha to play Saina Nehwal in a biopic on the badminton star Photograph: (Twitter)
There will be a biopic on Indian badminton star Saina Nehwal where actor Shraddha Kapoor plays the sports star.
The film will capture the story of Saina's rise to become India's first winner of an Olympic badminton medal. She won a bronze medal in London.
According to Firstpost, Saina had said, “It's a good thing; youngsters get to see their favourite player's life."
She had also said that Deepika Padukone would be her preference to play her on reel.
When the film was announced earlier in 2016, there were talks of Deepika Padukone being the right choice for the female lead’s role.
Deepika Padukone is the daughter of Indian badminton legend Prakash Padukone who also plays the sport. Deepika and Saina go a long way as they have even played together.
Saina added, "Her father has been a badminton player and I have seen her playing badminton. She used to play really well. She can do justice to the role and I really wish she can do the role.”
But breaking all speculations around casting, several news reports earlier today, confirmed that Shraddha Kapoor will be playing Saina’s role in the biopic.
Shraddha took to Twitter to express her happiness:
Her journey to the top has been fascinating & I am honored to be given this opportunity to play her in my next film 'SAINA'.— Shraddha (@ShraddhaKapoor) April 26, 2017
The preparation for this film is going to be very, very challenging. It's probably going to be my most difficult film till date.— Shraddha (@ShraddhaKapoor) April 26, 2017
'SAINA' is going to be directed by Amole Gupte & produced by T series ??— Shraddha (@ShraddhaKapoor) April 26, 2017
In an interview, Shradhha said, "Most girls have played badminton at some point in their lives in school. I feel so lucky to be playing Saina, who has not just been the world's no. 1 badminton player, but is also a youth icon. I can't wait to start prepping for my role.”
Saina in response to this was quoted, according to Firstpost:
"Shraddha is a very talented actress and very hardworking. I am sure she will do justice to the role. The best part is, she is a good friend as well. So it will be easier to teach her some badminton skills!. A lot of people did tell me that we do look similar and I think that's a huge compliment, because Shraddha is very good looking."
Amole Gupte has said that the Saina biopic will be very different from previous films in the category simply because of its central figure.
Director Amole Gupte calls the biopic as that would trace "Saina's pulsating journey to the top of the sports pyramid" in a statement. The Saina Nehwal biopic is slated for a 2018 release.