Parineeti On Replacing Shraddha In Saina: I Had Only My Pressure & That Of My Director

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Actor Parineeti Chopra said that accepting Saina Nehwal biographical picture after Shraddha Kapoor’s withdrawal was not a point of distress for her as she was entirely captivated in the midst of understanding the idea of the director Amol Gupte.

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Saina, penned and helmed by Amol Gupte, was previously supposed to be headlined by Shraddha Kapoor who bid adieu to the project because of date problems.

At the launch of movie’s trailer, when Pari was asked if she felt any kind of pressure to accept the character that Kapoor had already started prepping for, Chopra stated that she focused just on playing the part with complete dedication.

“I had only my pressure and that of my director. I wanted to impress him and work hard to learn the sport. I didn’t take any external pressure. 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,” Chopra told media people

Supported by Bhushan Kumar-led T-Series, Saina marks the 32-YO actor’s return to the silver screen after her 2019 comedy Jabariya Jodi.

“We had full support of Saina. 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,” she added.

Chopra’s journey with the flick began two years back when she heard the story.

In spite of knowing the wide-ranging knocks of Saina’s life and successes from being the first Indian to bag two singles gold medals (2010 and 2018) in Commonwealth Games to turning out to be the poster girl for badminton in India, Parineeti stated that the screenplay was a revelation.

“Amol sir spent time with the family and got the real emotions out. What the mother felt when Saina was eating a meal, what the father felt when they didn’t have money, what the sister felt when she was training. The behind the scenes of the world class player. That was a winning point for me,” she added.

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Parineeti, who was previously witnessed in the Netflix series named The Girl on The Train, stated that Saina, her first-ever challenge at a biographical movie, is the kind of flick that she always eager to do.

After working in a number of rom-coms like Hasee Toh Phasee, Meri Pyaari Bindu, Namaste England and others, Pari stated that she always wished to break the girl-next-door image.

“I 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. So a sports biopic of a person who’s still in action is exactly the kind of role I would have done, even if it was fiction. Biopic was an added bonus,” she added.

Saina will reach theaters on March 26.

Published by Ricky Tandon on 09 Mar 2021

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