A sport’s icon, who rose despite all challenges, Saina Nehwal’s incredible true story is finally out for audiences to enjoy. While ‘Saina’ headlined by Parineeti Chopra releases today, the biographical drama is already creating ripples with its critical acclaim and positive word of mouth.
Apart from being flooded with praise by the critics, who declared the film a hit and referred to it as ‘an emotional movement’, ‘a rightful ode’, ‘inspiring’, ‘emotional’, ‘empowering and uplifting’, ‘Saina’ also received unprecedented support from the Indian and international sports fraternity as well as the film industry. However, the biggest validation came from Saina Nehwal’s family who loved the film and were proud to see their daughter’s story unfold on the big screen.
Says filmmaker Amole Gupte, “Saina’s life has been a kadhai of emotions. I showed the film to Saina’s parents to know if I have done justice to their and Saina’s harwork. Yesterday, they saw the film and they called me up. They absolutely loved the film; they got emotional watching their daughter’s story unfold on screen. Plus our friends from the industry and sports fraternity shared some encouraging words towards the film. It was so overwhelming for me. It feels I won one battle, now it’s for the audience today onwards.”
Adds producer Bhushan Kumar, “The story of Saina Nehwal’s rise from a girl hailing from a middle class family, to becoming an iconic badminton player, is as fascinating as it is inspiring. The positive response of everyone who has watched the film not only makes us feel grateful but also proud to have brought audiences this aspirational story.”
‘Saina’ produced by T-Series’ Bhushan Kumar & Krishan Kumar & Front Foot Pictures’ Sujay Jairaj & Rasesh Shah is now out in cinemas.