The Saina Nehwal biopic is being fact-checked mere hours after the release of its debut poster. Actor Parineeti Chopra will be portraying the ace badminton player in the film which is scheduled for a theatrical release on March 26.
Twitter users pointed out that the posters shows what appears to be a tennis toss, and not how a badminton player would ideally serve.
In the poster, the title is fabricated into a shuttlecock.
“Badminton ka serve neeche se hota hai (A badminton serve is performed underhand). A tennis fan must have made the poster,” one person wrote on Twitter, accumulating nearly 5000 ‘likes’.
“Serena williams pe nai hai biopic poster banane wale chacha (This isn’t a Serena Williams biopic)…” wrote another.
“Is it Sania Mirza biopic Or Saina Nehwal’s?” asked another Twitter user, adding a laughter emoji. “Looks like fan of #Sania made the poster for #Saina,” commented another, also making a reference to tennis player Sania Mirza. The Saina-Sania joke seemed to be quite popular. “Which badminton player in the world serves like this! Looks like they mixed up the Saina & Sania biopic themes!!” noted another Twitter user.
Titled “Saina”, the film has been directed by Amol Gupte, who has helmed acclaimed movies such as “Stanley Ka Dabba” and “Hawa Hawaai”.
T-Series, headed by Bhushan Kumar, has produced “Saina”.
“Presenting the inspiring story of one of India’s greatest athletes, #Saina. In cinemas on 26th March,” the tweet on T-Series official Twitter page read.
Chopra, whose “The Girl on The Train” released last week on Netflix, shot for “Saina” in 2019.
“Saina” was earlier supposed to be headlined by Shraddha Kapoor, who exited the project due to scheduling issues.
This will be Chopra’s second theatrical release for March, after Dibakar Banerjee’s “Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar”. Also starring Arjun Kapoor, the film is scheduled to open on March 19.