Here’s why Shraddha Kapoor was replaced by Parineeti Chopra in the Saina Nehwal biopic

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It is no secret that Shraddha Kapoor was part of the Saina Nehwal biopic. But things took a turn as Shraddha was replaced with The Girl On The Train actress Parineeti Chopra. Rumours were abuzz that there were issues on set with Shraddha and the cast and crew.

But Saina director Amole Gupte recently revealed the reason why Shraddha was replaced. He said that Shraddha was putting efforts for the role more than her ability and eventually ended up on bed rest. But there were also other reasons why she had to step down.

In an interview with Bollywood Hungama, Amole said, “Maybe because I haven’t spoken about this, people must have felt that there was conflict behind-the-scenes. Fortunately for me, that didn’t happen.” He further added, “Shraddha was in full preparation, which is why we started shooting. She practiced hard to become Saina, and was doing good work. But she got dengue, and became frail after spending a month in bed. She kept asking me if she could try and return, and we kept pushing. But one day, she admitted that she was feeling too weak.”


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The director further explained that Saina required a lot of physical training, he said, “Here, you’re supposed to play badminton for 12 hours.” Gupte further said that Shraddha was agreed to shoot the Sushant Singh Rajput starrer Chhichhore because of the location. But once she wrapped the project, producer Bhushan Kumar had requested Amole if she could be allowed to work on Street Dancer 3D instead. He explained that it was because he needed a ‘Heroine‘ and was in a ‘crisis’.

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