Amole Gupte is all praises for Parineeti Chopra as primary shooting for the Saina Nehwal biopic approaches completion. “Parineeti is a fantastic actor. We have a fantastic ensemble cast with Manav Kaul and Shubhrajyoti playing the father. So, we created a family there — the Nehwal family — and the coaches. I couldn’t have gotten luckier,” smiles the filmmaker, who has earlier made films like Stanley Ka Dabba.
Gupte was also the director of Tare Zameen Par, produced by Aamir Khan,but later on he was relegated to the creative director in the film with Aamir taking over the reins.
But now, the filmmaker has almost wrapped the most expensive film of his career. “The film is now 98 per cent complete. We have some patchwork left, which we will complete when we go on the floors again in February. The shoot has gone of really well,” he smiles.
The Saina biopic was first announced in 2017. The film had Shraddha Kapoor in the lead role, but she dropped out after a series of injuries. She then cited scheduling conflicts and left the film to work in another film by the same producer T Series — Street Dancer 3D. Parineeti replaced Shraddha in March 2018.