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Parineeti Chopra to start shooting for Saina Nehwal biopic from 11 October

Director Amole Gupte also revealed the first scene of the movie. 

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Parineeti Chopra will start shooting the much delayed biopic on India’s ace badminton player Saina Nehwal from 11 October. The film is directed by Amole Gupte and produced under Bhushan Kumar’s banner, T-Series. 

Gupte, in an official statement, also revealed the first scene of the film. “I have netted a really good talent who has the acting prowess to play Saina. In the first scene, Parineeti as Saina will be answering questions from the fraternity, including journalists, students and sports management people,” he said.

He also shared that the first scene will take place at the International Institute of Sports Management in Mumbai. 

Chopra has been training for the role for the last six months. She went to London, England with Nehwal’s coach Eshan Naqvi. His seniors have also been training the actress, including her first mentor in Mumbai in 1998, Shrikant Vad. Chopra has also been training at the Syed Modi Badminton Academy in Thane. 

Sharing her experience, Chopra said in an official statement, “I have put all my energies prepping for this role, something I’ve never done for the 10-12 films that I’ve worked in previously and in the process I have finally discovered the person I am and the actor. I am really excited to start Saina. I think it will be a life-changing experience.” 

Although the release date is not fixed for the film, Gupte shared some light on it. “I make films for a family audience and for that I need children to be free, be it the summer or Diwali vacation. While we have not locked a date, I am focused to deliver the film by summer next year,” he said. 

Parineeti Chopra replaces Shraddha Kapoor in Saina Nehwal biopic

Initially, Shraddha Kapoor was roped in to play the role of Nehwal, but she opted out citing date issues earlier this year.