Amol Gupte plans a Saina Nehwal biopic, calls her ‘tigress beti’

  • Indo Asian News Service, Mumbai
  • Updated: Dec 18, 2015 14:41 IST
Indian badminton player Saina Nehwal attends the BIG Star Entertainment Awards 2015 ceremony in Mumbai on December 13, 2015. (AFP)

Filmmaker Amol Gupte, who is making a film on Indian badminton champion Saina Nehwal, says that the biopic is different as it is the story of a “tigress beti”.

Writer-actor-director Gupte has been roped to direct the much-awaited film.

Noting the biopic is going to trace the journey of the first Indian to win a medal in Badminton at the Olympics, Gupte said: “This film is going to trace Saina’s pulsating journey on her way to the top of the sports pyramid.”

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Stating how different the film is going to be from the biopics that have been made till date, be it Bhaag Milkha Bhaag on national champion runner Milkha Singh or Mary Kom which was based on five time World amateur boxing champion Mangte Chungneijang Mary Kom. “How many times have we encountered either a male or a female Indian get prime ranking in a world sport? None - except Saina Nehwal. That makes it different, doesn’t it? It’s a story of a ‘tigress beti’, ‘princess beti’ who has set fire to the badminton court with her prowess like no one else before. The nation needs to know the story of the ‘World number 1 beti’- an icon for the young and the old, for a long time to come,” Gupte said.

Saina Nehwal during the women's singles match in the Dubai World Superseries Finals badminton tournament on December 10, 2015. (AFP)

Saina’s father Harvir Singh said, “Taare Zameen Par director Amole Gupte will make a biopic on my daughter (Saina Nehwal), and the shooting will commence next year. We don’t know when they will commence it because the film-maker said his unit would begin work on the film next year. The filmmaker has taken the rights from a Bengaluru based company to make the biopic on my daughter.”

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“Just yesterday, Gupte along with Jayaraj came to my residence in Hyderabad and told us about the film on my daughter. The meeting lasted for half an hour, during which they gained important information about her,” Singh added.

Gupte’s Taare Zameen Par won numerous awards like Filmfare Best Film Award for 2008 and the 2008 National Film Award for Best Film on Family Welfare. The film also was India’s official entry for the 2009 Academy Awards Best Foreign Film, but was not shortlisted. Gupte also has well-acclaimed films like Stanley Ka Dabba (2011) and Hawa Hawai (2014).

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