Why Parineeti replaced Shraddha in Saina biopic: The studio decided to relieve actor Shraddha Kapoor says Amol Gupte.
As Parineeti Chopra-starrer Saina is all set to release on March 26, director Amole Gupte in an interview said that it was the studio’s decision to relieve actor Shraddha Kapoor, who was originally cast to play badminton player Saina Nehwal in a biopic. Producer Bhushan Kumar was searching for a female actor for Remo D’Souza’s film Street Dancer 3D. Chopra then replaced Kapoor as the main character.
Gupte told Bollywood Hungama that the switch was not at all “unfortunate” and “maybe because I haven’t spoken about this, people must have felt that there was conflict behind-the-scenes. Fortunately for me, that didn’t happen.”
He continued, “Shraddha was in full preparation, which is why we started shooting. She practiced 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.”
Shraddha Kapoor went on to work on Street Dancer 3D instead because Bhushan Kumar was in a “crisis” and needed a “heroine”: Amole Gupte
After undergoing rigorous training in the sport for her role Kapoor opted out of the film. Gupte had earlier stated that Kapoor’s health issues also prevented her from giving her best to the film. She had contracted dengue at that time in 2019. “Initially we had Shraddha in the film, who was completely prepared for the role, which is why we started shooting. But then she fell ill, she got dengue which took the wind out of her. Since it was a sports film, she couldn’t muster the courage to come for 12 hours and stand on a badminton court while she was unwell,” Amol Gupte had claimed.
Why Parineeti replaced Shraddha in Saina biopic?
“And he brought Parineeti in for me. 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. The film is like my child, nothing should happen to the child; it just took five years to arrive. We are happy parents,” Gupte concluded.
— Parineeti Chopra (@ParineetiChopra) March 18, 2021
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