SAINA NEHWAL - The former World no 1 badminton player. An Indian girl. An inspiration to millions. A youth icon in the truest sense. Her journey to the top has been fascinating & I am honored to be given this opportunity to play her in my next film 'SAINA'. The preparation for this film is going to be very, very challenging. It's probably going to be my most difficult film till date. Wish me luck everyone. SAINA' is going to be directed by Amole Gupte & is produced by T series
Director Amole Gupte, who is best known for his work as the creative director in Aamir Khan's Taare Zameen Par, has reportedly been researching on the life of Saina Nehwal.
In fact, Saina Nehwal had recently told news agency PTI, that she wants actress Deepika Padukone to 'portray her in the biopic.' Saina said, "Her father (Prakash Padukone) has been a badminton player and I have seen her playing badminton. She used to play really good. She can do justice to the role and I really wish she can do the role."
The 27-year-old player, who is currently in China for the Badminton Asia Championship, has been pleasantly surprised when she got the news of Shraddha portraying her in the biopic. She told The Times of India, "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."
Saina and Shraddha have also been friends and the player is also eager to teach Shraddha some of the badminton skills. She told The Times of India, "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."
Meanwhile, the Aashiqui 2 actress' Half Girlfriend , co-starring Arjun Kapoor, will hit the screens soon.