Saina: Parineeti Chopra opens up on replacing Shraddha Kapoor in the biopic

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Earlier, Shraddha Kapoor was taken on board to play the role of Saina Nehwal in the biopic, Saina. But later, Shraddha opted out of the movie due to dates issue. Post her exit, Parineeti Chopra was signed to play the character of the ace badminton player. Yesterday, at the trailer launch event of Saina, Parineeti was asked about replacing Shraddha and if she felt pressure to play the role that Shraddha had started prepping for. To which Parineeti said that she only had her pressure and her director. “I wanted to impress him and work hard to learn the sport. I didn’t take any external pressure,” said Chopra.

“The pressure was me, my coach approving what I’m learning, my director approving what I’m looking like on-screen. There was no other pressure,” she told the media.

Parineeti also said that the team had the full support of Saina. The Girl on the Train actress said, “She gave us access to her life. I would call her, video call her and she would answer all my questions. That way pressure management was better.”


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Parineeti further said that she had the pressure to learn badminton and doing Saina was challenging for her. She was searching for a challenge like this. “The films I was doing were pretty much an extension of me and also what writers and directors thought I was. When this film came to my life, I was looking to surprise everyone, do something I’m not known for,” she added.

Saina also starring Manav Kaul, will hit the theatres on March 26, 2021.

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