On the occasion of International Women’s Day 2021, lets us celebrate this global day by celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. It is also a reminder the day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. The theme for this is #ChooseToChallenge, which focuses a “challenged world is an alert world, and from challenge comes change”. We are blessed to born in a nation where we have many great women who bring us the hope that every girl has the potential to achieve whatever she wants to. They have risen to the top in their fields and are not only reminders of the legacy that they leave behind, but also guiding light of hope for future generations.
Today we take a look into the one of the most inspiring stories of Indian sports and its none other than Saina Nehwal. the most celebrated shuttler of India hailed from Hisar district in Haryana. During her childhood, was pushed by her parents to practice Karate. An interesting fact which isn’t known to a lot of people, Saina’s parents, Harvir and Usha Singh, were a district badminton champion in Haryana. She used to accompany her mother to who used to practice in a local club in Haryana.
In no time, Saina fell in love with the sport and started training under the Nani Prasad. Post which she started training with Arjuna award-winning badminton coach – SM Arif. During these times, she never let her studies been neglected and completed her schooling from St. Ann’s college in Hyderabad. Saina Nehwal used to commence her training session at 4 am in the morning and travelled a distance of almost 25 km to get top calls training facility Through her grit and determination Nehwal went on to become one of the most celebrated shuttler of India because she fought hard to make herself known in a country that only knows and spokes about cricket.
Saina started her Professional career in 2004 and quickly rising in ranks and creating new records with every tournament. She holds the record of becoming the first player to win the Asian Satellite Badminton Tournament on two occasions. He is also the youngest Asian to win a four-star tournament post winning the Philippines Open in 2006 at the young age of 16. In 2009, Nehwal took the world by storm when she defeated Wang Lin of China and becoming the first Indian to win the BWF Super Series title.
The star shuttler, Saina Nehwal is the queen of many firsts but greatest achievement is the bronze medal that she won at the 2012 London Olympics. She became the first woman to win a title in the junior badminton championship, she is also the first female shuttler to win an Olympic medal for India and was also first Badminton player to win a super series tournament. When it comes to Saina Nehwal’s achievement the list is endless. Saina Nehwal has 22 titles till date and counting. She is on par with the likes of Prakash Padukone, Pullela Gopichand and PV Sindhu as one of the greatest shuttlers the nation has ever produced. Saina was also bestowed with the Padma Bhushan award in 2016 which is the country’s third-highest civilian award.
The fans were quite excited ever since official announcement of a movie is being made on the life of Saina Nehwal. The biopic had its shares of ups and down. From Shraddha Kapoor stepping out of the film to speculation that the biopic would have an OTT release. On the occasion of International Women’s Day, the makers of the movie released the trailer in which Parineeti Chopra is essaying the role of badminton champion, Saina Nehwal. The movie is all set to release on March 26, 2021 and is being directed by Amol Gupte. The movie is being produced by Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar, Sujay Jairaj and Rashesh Shah under the banner of T-Series and Front Foot Pictures.
Parineeti Chopra is the nailing the character of Saina Nehwal and the trailer gives us an insight into the badminton player’s life. The actress has aced the look of the badminton player. the movie also features versatile actor Meghna Malik who is essaying the role of Saina’s mother Usha Rani and Manav Kaul is playing the team’s coach. In the trailer we get to see Saina climbs the ladder of success and hardships are put in the spotlight before she is selected as a part of the national team.