Shraddha had began work on the Amole Gupte directorial last year in September itself but something or the other kept coming in the way of the shooting. First, she was diagnosed with dengue. Then she got busy with the shooting of ‘Saaho’ and ‘Street Dancer 3D’. She was supposed to resume work on the film this April but now the Bhushan Kumar Production has decided to go ahead with Parineeti Chopra.
The decision was taken keeping in mind Shraddha’s tight schedule. As of now the actress has ‘Chhichhore’, which she has to finish by March-end. The Mumbai schedule of ‘Street Dancer 3D’, another Bhushan production, is yet to begin. Her action thriller ‘Saaho’ with Prabhas is all set to release in August this year. Then she also has ‘Baaghi 3’ with Tiger Shroff which is expected to go on the floors in a few months.
“Despite everyone’s best efforts to accommodate the Saina biopic, dates were clashing, so it made sense for Shraddha to opt out. The decision was taken by mutual consent. Meanwhile, Parineeti loved the script and will start prep soon,” the source informed the daily.
Producer Bhushan Kumar also confirmed the news to Mumbai Mirror saying, “We want to wrap up Saina by this year-end for an early 2020 release, so going ahead with the project is a decision taken by mutual consent. We are glad Parineeti has come on board for the film. Saina has made every Indian proud and we can’t wait to take her story to the world in the year of the Olympics.”
Shraddha’s loss is Parineeti’s gain as she always wanted to a sports-based film. “It’s a part of my personality, but as an actress, one that I have not explored so far. I’m delighted to get an opportunity to portray a strong and powerful girl like Saina who put our country on the world map. I am excited to put in all the training and hard work that comes with learning the game and portraying Saina on screen,” Parineeti told Mirror.