With her recent viral pictures from Haseena: The Queen of Mumbai, Shraddha Kapoor has already created a lot of buzz on the internet and now the Half Girlfriend actress has reportedly replaced Deepika Padukone for upcoming Saina Nehwal biopic.
Earlier, reports surfaced that Deepika Padukone was the first choice of makers for Saina Nehwal's biopic. But according to the latest updates now Shraddha will be seen donning the character of ace badminton player Saina Nehwal.
Although, when the news of Nehwal’s biopic surfaced, Deepika was considered as the first choice even by Saina for her biopic. Being daughter of a renowned badminton player, Deepika was considered best to fit into Nehwal’s role even by the audience.
In an interaction with a leading website, saina once said, “Her(Deepika’s) father 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.” In fact, Deepika too was equally kicked about stepping into Saina’s shoes as she had said, “I would love to play Saina onscreen. We have played together in fact and obviously she was way better .. She also said to me ‘good’ also. We had fun time… Of course anything for the love of sports specially if it is badminton.”
Meanwhile, in another interaction with Bombay Times Shraddha confirmed the report and said, ‘’Most girls would have played badminton at some point in their lives in school. I feel so lucky to be playing Saina, who is not just among the world’s top badminton players, but also a youth icon. I can’t wait to start prepping for my role.’’
It is worthy to mention here that Shraddha will be seen portraying the character of a basket ball player in her forthcoming film Half Girlfriend along side Arjun Kapoor.
However, when Saina, who was earlier excited to see Deepika in her biopic, was asked to express her comment, she said, “Whoa! That’s news to me… I was aware of the film, yes. But I didn’t know about this casting. It’s great if Shraddha is playing me, because she is a very talented actress and very hardworking! I am sure she will do justice to the role. The best part is, she is a good friend as well. So it will be easier to teach her some badminton (laughs). A lot of people tell me that we look similar and I think that’s a huge compliment, cos Shraddha is very beautiful.’’