Making biopic is the current obsession that Bollywood is obsessed with. And sports personalities are filmmakers’ favorites subject when it comes to making a biopic these days.
Few months back a biopic on professional badminton singles player Saina Nehwal was announced. The makers of the film had even signed Shraddha Kapoor to play Saina in the film.
In order to prepare for her role Shraddha even took up practicing badminton and even visited Saina’s house to meet her parents and learn more about Saina from them.
However a recent report in Deccan Chronicle suggest that the makers of this biopic are now planning to replace Shraddha Kapoor with Deepika Padukone as they think Shraddha is not financially feasible for the project.
Also having Deepika on board will boost the star power of the film and the biggest advantage would be that Deepika being the daughter of former badminton player Prakash Padukone, the game comes naturally to her. In fact Deepika has even played the sport in National level Championships.
A source close to the film was quoted saying in the report as, “It (film) needs a heftier star power. The producers are apparently trying to re-cast the project with Deepika Padukone in the lead. Her father was a badminton champ and she plays the game pretty well herself.”
Well keeping in mind the failure of Shraddha’s two films HASEENA PARKAR and OK JAANU in last year, getting Deepika Padukone (whose success rate at the box-office is quiet enviable) is a very thoughtful decision on the producers part.
However with no official announcement made so far we will have to wait and watch if Shraddha actually gets replaced by Deepika in this biopic or not. Till then watch this space for more.