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Parineeti Chopra steps into Shraddha Kapoor’s shoes to play the ace shuttler in Saina Nehwal biopic

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Parineeti Chopra steps into Shraddha Kapoor’s shoes to play the ace shuttler in Saina Nehwal biopic

Shraddha Kapoor is a busy girl and has her plate full with films like Street Dancer 3D, Saaho, Chhichore and recently announced Baaghi 3. After training hard to play the ace-shuttler with coach and later co-star Eshan Naqvi, Shraddha has now walked out of the Saina Nehwal biopic due to this hectic schedule. As a result of too many dates clashing, Shraddha was unable to devote her time to the Amole Gupte-directorial. Now, Parineeti Chopra has stepped into the shoes of Shraddha for her first sports drama.

A source told Mumbai Mirror that, the switch is because of Shraddha’s tight schedule. She’s currently filming the campus drama Chhichhore which should finish by the month-end. In February, she kicked off Street Dancer 3D, another Bhushan production, in London. She’s done with that, but the Mumbai schedule is still left. Her action thriller, Saaho, with Prabhas, is also lining up for an August release, and then there’s Baaghi 3 with Tiger Shroff, expected to go on the floors in a few months.

“Despite everyone’s best efforts to accommodate the Saina biopic, dates were clashing, so it made sense for Shraddha to opt out. The decision was taken by mutual consent. Meanwhile, Parineeti loved the script and will start prep soon,” the source added.

 

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Today training with the champ herself @nehwalsaina 🏸 ❤️

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Confirming the news, Producer Bhushan Kumar told Mumbai Mirror, “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.”

Parineeti is thrilled to join the project and has always wanted to be part of a sports-based film. “It’s a part of my personality, but as an actress, one that I have not explored so far. I’m delighted to get an opportunity to portray a strong and powerful girl like Saina who put our country on the world map. I am excited to put in all the training and hard work that comes with learning the game and portraying Saina on screen,” Parineeti told Mirror.

 

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#SAINA

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The first look of Shraddha as Saina was released months ago and had created much interest. Shraddha started shooting for the film in September 2018, but a few days into the shoot, the actress was diagnosed with dengue and advised rest. She was supposed to resume work on the film in April but now the makers have decided to go ahead with Parineeti Chopra.

 

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Today at @nehwalsaina ‘s home. Being pampered by aunty. She made delicious poori,choley,kheer,halwa & a fruit/milk juice.

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Uncle proudly showed me her medals and wins. Here I’m holding her Olympic medal.

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It will be interesting to see how Parineeti aces the character. Meanwhile, we are sure Shraddha will triumph with her other projects.