New Delhi: After much speculation, ‘Saina’ director Amole Gupte has finally opened up about Shraddha Kapoor, who was originally cast to play badminton player Saina Nehwal in a biopic, being replaced by Parineeti Chopra. It is known that Parineeti was not the first choice for the role of Saina. Earlier, Shraddha was signed for the film. She had even started preparing for her role and even met Saina Nehwalat her home with her family. But soon, Parineeti Chopra had replaced Shraddha for the Amole Gupte directorial venture.
In a recent interview, Amole Gupte opened up about why Shraddha Kapoor left. The director revealed that as Shraddha Kapoor was weak after her dengue diagnosis she opted out of the film. He added that Street Dancer 3D also needed a heroine. Amole said, “Shraddha was in full preparation, which is why we started shooting. She practised 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. It wasn’t about shooting emotional scenes. It was about playing badminton for 12 hours. And you need strength for that.”
Amole Gupte added that Shraddha Kapoor’s other film Street Dancer 3D was another reason for her quitting Saina. He said “It was decided that Shraddha Kapoor will shoot Chhichhore because that team had booked IIT Bombay for Diwali holidays, otherwise getting the location was difficult for them. We thought in the meantime she will gain back her strength and then begin Saina,” Amole Gupte said, adding, “Bhushan Kumar, my producer told me his other film Street Dancer 3D is facing a crisis, and he needs a heroine. It’s a bigger film with more budget. So I agreed to let Shraddha take that up. He then brought Parineeti in for me for Saina. It was all happy happy. Parineeti happy, Shraddha happy, Bhushan Kumar happy, and I am also very happy. At least the film wasn’t shut down. It just took five years to arrive.”
Talking about Saina,It is the biopic of badminton player Saina Nehwal. It chronicles her journey from being a girl from Haryana to becoming a world champion. It also traces her bond with her parents and touches upon gender-related taboos in our society. Parineeti Chopra plays the titular role in the film. ‘Saina’ is all set to release on March 26, in theatres.