27 Jan 2021: Parineeti-starrer Saina Nehwal biopic might get a digital release
Bollywood actor Parineeti Chopra-starrer Saina, which is a biopic on badminton player Saina Nehwal, is reportedly set to have a digital release.
Directed by Amole Gupte, the movie was originally scheduled to be released in theaters in 2020 but its release got delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic and the ensuing lockdown.
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Context: The movie was marred by several delays
This film was announced in 2017 by Saina on her Twitter account.
However, it has faced several delays since then.
Earlier, Shradhha Kapoor had been roped in to play the titular role but she eventually exited the project over schedule issues. Thereafter, Parineeti was hired for the role.
The film also stars actor Manav Kaul as Saina's coach Pullela Gopichand.
Statement: Makers are considering an OTT release, source says
Opening up about the plausible digital release, a source told Mid-Day, "Saina was slated to hit theaters last summer, but the plans came to a halt because of the pandemic."
"Now, the makers have again begun discussions about its release. Considering theaters are functioning at 50% occupancy, they are considering an OTT release. A final call has yet to be taken," the source added.
Fact: 'The film may release in next few months'
Meanwhile, Shubhrajyoti Barat, who plays Saina's father in the movie, told the publication, "The video-streaming platforms are an effective option. That said, these decisions are best left to the producers. The film may release in the next few months (sic)."
Other movies: Other upcoming releases for Parineeti
She also has Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar in the pipeline. The film, directed by Dibakar Banerjee, has been delayed due to the pandemic and it's still unclear whether it will see a theatrical or a digital release.
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