After undergoing a gruelling training in badminton for months, actor Shraddha Kapoor has reportedly opted out of Saina Nehwal biopic over scheduling conflicts.
Actor Shraddha Kapoor has exited the biopic of ace badminton player Saina Nehwal and Parineeti Chopra has been announced as her replacement.
The biopic, titled "Saina", will be directed by Amol Gupte, who has helmed movies such as "Stanley Ka Dabba" and "Hawa Hawaai". The film went on floors in September last year.
Shraddha departed the project due to the scheduling issues as the actor is filming back-to-back films.
IT’S OFFICIAL... Parineeti Chopra to play renowned badminton player #SainaNehwal... She will start training for the biopic soon... Directed by Amole Gupte... Produced by Bhushan Kumar... Filming will be completed by 2019-end... Early 2020 release.— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) March 15, 2019
"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," T-Series top boss, Bhushan Kumar, said in a statement.
Parineeti, who has now boarded the project, said she always wanted to work in a sports biopic.
"It's 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 am excited to put in all the training and hardwork that comes with learning the game of Badminton and portraying Saina on screen," the actor said.
Parineeti, who is currently awaiting the release of "Kesari", will soon start the prep work for the film.
Last Updated 15, Mar 2019, 1:34 PM IST