Director Amole Gupte reveals why Shraddha Kapoor was replaced with Parineeti Chopra

Saina Director Amole Gupte reveals the real reason behind the replacement of Shraddha Kapoor with Parineeti Chopra.

Amole Gupte reveals the actual reason being Shraddha Kapoor being replaced with Parineeti Chopra. Earlier, the film was finalised with Shraddha Kapoor in the lead but due to conflict in the dates, she had to back out from the project .

In an interview with entertainment portal, Amole Gupte revealed, “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 said, “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.”

He admitted that to prepare for the film and play the role of Badminton player required a lot of training – almost 12 hours. “Here, you’re supposed to play badminton for 12 hours. It was decided that Shraddha Kapoor will shoot Chhichhore and then begin Saina. After she wrapped the film, Gupte said that producer Bhushan Kumar requested him to allow Shraddha Kapoor to shoot Street Dancer 3D since he didn’t have a heroine.

He further revealed, “And he (Bhushan Kumar) 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.”

Saina will hit the theatres on 26th March 2021.