Shraddha Kapoor, who is playing Dawood’s siter in Haseena, has confirmed that she will play the role of the ace badminton player Saina Nehwal in her biopic, titled Saina. Popular badminton player Saina Nehwal’s life is being made into a film and Shraddha Kapoor will be stepping into her shoes.

Shraddha Kapoor

Shraddha took to Twitter to share the news and said she is honoured to be given the opportunity to essay the star shuttler on the big screen. “SAINA NEHWAL – The former World no 1 badminton player. An Indian girl. An inspiration to millions. A youth icon in the truest sense. @NSaina. Her journey to the top has been fascinating and I am honored to be given this opportunity to play her in my next film ‘SAINA’ (sic),” Shraddha posted. Shraddha also tweeted, “The preparation for this film is going to be very, very challenging. It’s probably going to be my most difficult film till date… Wish me luck everyone”.

As for the film, Saina is expected to go on floors later this year, and is slated to hit screens in 2018.

Saina also seemed extremely pleased with the choice of actress. She said, “Whoa! That’s news to me. I was aware of the film, yes, but I didn’t know about the casting. It’s great if Shraddha plays me because she is a very talented actress and very hardworking. I am sure she will do justice to the role. The best part is, she is a good friend as well. So it will be easier to teach her some badminton skills (laughs!). A lot of people did tell me that we do look similar and I think that’s a huge compliment, because Shraddha is very good looking.”