Recreating the life of an Olympic medalist on the big screen is not easy. Little wonder then that Indian badminton star Saina Nehwal wants actress Deepika Padukone, whose father Prakash won the All England title in 1980, to play the lead role in a biopic on her life.
While Saina does not doubt the ability of other Bollywood actresses, she feels that Deepika is best suited to play the role of a badminton player.
"I think only Deepika Padukone can do justice to my onscreen image," she was quoted as saying by a national daily. "Firstly, people should be able to connect with the character and given Deepika's popularity, she would be perfect for the role."
Saina - ranked eighth in the latest (May 29) Badminton World Federation list - says having played badminton, the 28-year-old actress would be a natural.
"She knows badminton quite well. Apart from the strokes and bends, she is aware of all the actions in the game. And since it will be a film based on a sportsperson's life, it wouldn't be right to go with flaws in strokes and patterns. I have seen her play, and she is really good at it."
Media reports suggest that the biopic on Saina is being planned by renowned director Mahesh Bhatt. In fact, Deccan Chronicle quoted Bhatt as saying that the plans are still in the nascent stage.
"The talks are on and it's very early to discuss the movie. Saina has made India proud with her achievements and I'm sure making a film on her, will be definitely an inspiration for others," Bhatt said.