The trend of making a biopic in Bollywood is increasing popularity in last few years. After Milkha Singh, Mary Kom, MS Dhoni, Azharuddin and Mahavir Singh Phogat, another biopic on a sports legend is going to be made soon.
Popular badminton player Saina Nehwal’s life is being made into a film and Shraddha Kapoor will be stepping into her shoes. Amole Gupte, creative director of the critically acclaimed Taare Zameen Par and director of films like Stanley Ka Dabba and Hawa Hawaai will be helming the project.
“Most girls have played badminton at some point in their lives in school. I feel so lucky to be playing Saina, who’s not just been the world’s No. 1 badminton player, but is also a youth icon. I can’t wait to start prepping for my role,” Shraddha confirmed the news to Times of India.
Saina also seemed extremely pleased with the choice of actress. She said, “Whoa! That’s news to me. I was aware of the film, yes, but I didn’t know about the casting. It’s great if Shraddha plays me because she is a very talented actress and very hardworking. I am sure she will do justice to the role. The best part is, she is a good friend as well. So it will be easier to teach her some badminton skills (laughs!). A lot of people did tell me that we do look similar and I think that’s a huge compliment, because Shraddha is very good looking.”
The film will release next year.