If Saina Nehwal has done it great, PV Sidhu will only like to settle for greater. That’s the rivalry. If Saina is the pioneer. Sindhu will not stop before setting the bar higher. That is the intensity of competition. On and off the court. Sindhu, after emerging from the shadow of the veteran, is competing with Saina in every possible manner, for every possible inch.
Just one edition after Saina had returned with a bronze from the London Olympics, Sindhu bettered with the silver four years later at Rio. If Saina has created the commercial market records with Rs 25 crore value, Sindhu beat it all with Rs 50 crore singing with her managers. If Saina’s life is to be depicted on silver screen, Sindhu is ready to follow with her biopic, too.
Also on their silver screen avatar, Sindhu seems to be having an edge in earlier ‘trends’. Shraddha Kapur is play Saina, for Sindhu’s role it’s tipped to be Deepika Padukone. Producer Sood will not confirm it for now, though.
The rivalry next will be decided on screens of multiplexes, on youtube, on TV ratings. The life and journey of India’s top two modern day badminton icons will be ready for release around the same time. A mere five days after director Amol Gupte has announced the Saina biopic, comes the news on Sonu Sood producing a film on Sindhu’s life.
The films, with elementary dose of drama, are scripted around a lot of research on the sporting icons. “When Sindhu won the Olympic medal, I thought of making a biopic on her and started researching. Reading about her journey — she would travel 50 kms daily to the badminton academy from her home to practice — I was motivated to make this film,” says Sonu Sood.
Director Amol Gupte had announced the project in 2015. As part of one and a half year research, he has met Saina’s family, friends, close associates and gathered many videos to understand the star player. “I have also been to the National Sports Club of India (in Mumbai) to watch her play. Her killer instinct is inspiring,” says the director. “Saina was born in Haryana, but came down to Hyderabad. The film begins before her birth. I have also been to the National Sports Club of India (in Mumbai) to watch her play. Her killer instinct is inspiring.”
Critics take. “It is becoming fashionable to make women centric films now. But that’s risky for box office success,” says veteran film analyst Denzil O’Connel. “Presence on public realms also plays an important role. These are very multiplex type films. Strong social media presence of (star or subject) also plays an important role for success of such films,” adds Denzil.
If fan following may decide the success for Cinema Saina is ahead.
Biopics on players are no more sports documentaries , now. Cinema, played on silver screen, is numbers game too.
There were plans in place for Hindi-Telugu biopic. Reportedly coach Gopichand had some issues with the script. The film planned in December last year was halted.
For now, the badminton fraternity and millions of fans following these two sporting icons will be eagerly wait for the every news pouring out from the biopics on their sporting heroes.