Parineeti Chopra is training extensively for her role of Saina Nehwal in the biopic of the badminton player and it will surely be her toughest challenge so far. In order to learn the sport and imbibe the characteristics of the badminton player, like Saina, Parineeti is starting her day at 5am every single day, with badminton practice every alternate day at a suburban sports club.
“I am actually quite excited to get into the character of Saina, get into the skin of a world champion because playing a fictional character might not have been as exciting as playing a real character. Here, I have somebody who has extensive documentation on exactly how she plays, who she played every match in her life. Every single moment that she has ever played badminton is on screen! So, to kind of imbibe that and to kind of learn that is really exciting for me as an actor. I wanted to do a sports biopic for a long time, so this project is absolutely perfect,” Parineeti said.
She also revealed details of her preparation for the film and said that she has to follow a particular routine for the upcoming nine months and is quite excited about it. “This project is absolutely perfect for me because I will have to be in this disciplined routine for the next 9 months of my life and I am pretty kicked about it. I just hope that the entire sports community, Saina herself and everybody who has expectations from this film are finally happy about what we achieve. My prep usually starts at 5 am because we have taken up courts where we didn’t want any kind of distraction. We start playing at 6 am till 8 am,” Parineeti added.
Shraddha Kapoor was supposed to play Saina Nehwal in the biopic but she opted out of the film recently since she couldn’t provide dates to the film. Parineeti Chopra replaced her, thereafter. Although she is excited about the film, Parineeti is slightly nervous as well and hopes to live up to expectations with her performance in the film.
“Since I am actually playing badminton to prepare myself, I have a great physio team and world class players with me to train me and condition me. Amole sir’s team has given me all the support that I need, Yonex, the badminton brand has given me all the gear that I need, so there is lot of support from a huge team around me who is working around the clock to make sure that I have everything that I need to become the character. It’s really cool and I am really happy but honestly it makes me really nervous. I have given myself at least 3- 4 months to completely learn the sport, the way I need to and only then I will go on set because I want to do justice to the film and to Saina. It’s a huge honour for me to play and live the life of one our country’s biggest sporting icon,” Parineeti added.
To be directed by Amole Gupte, the film will release in 2020.