Makers of Parineeti Chopra-starrer sports-drama 'Saina' announced the release date of the film with its first poster. Based on the life of ace shuttler Saina Nehwal, the poster showcases a clear blue sky and a hand with a tricolour wrist band that is open in the air to catch a shuttlecock.
The poster read, "An incredible true story." And a phrase "Maar Doongi" (will hit).
However, scores of netizens pointed out that this is not how people serve in Badminton.
Some even trolled the makers for getting confused between Saina and tennis player Sania Mirza.
Reacting to the criticism, the film’s director Amol Gupte took to Facebook and explained the “high concept poster.”
“Too much speculation in the digital media about the poster... ‘looks like a tennis serve... Saina doing a Sania’ etc etc… If Saina is the flying shuttle, then clearly, the girl’s hand with the National colours wristband is the hand of the Indian Girl Child aspiring to reach Saina’s height!!!” he wrote.
“High Concept Poster by Rahul Nanda has to be unfortunately explained in detail to a quick reacting, impatient world... not stopping to think before rubbishing anything!!! Socho!!!” he added.
On Thursday, the makers dropped the first teaser. The nearly one-and-a-half-minute clip opens with a shot of a badminton court with Parineeti's voiceover speaking about how half of the Indian population comprises of females who are only expected to cook and then are married off at the age of 18. However, she then adds, "I picked up a racquet instead of utensils and made my own destiny."
The teaser then highlights Saina's many achievements, showing how her parents and coach encouraged her to be the only Indian woman badminton player to become world No. 1. The final sequence of the teaser will surely give viewers goose bumps, as it shows Saina waving back at the audience after a match, with the Indian flag on her shoulders.
‘Saina’ was earlier supposed to be headlined by Shraddha Kapoor, who exited the project due to scheduling issues.
The much-anticipated sports-drama will hit the big screens on March 26, 2021.
Written and directed by Amol Gupte, the film is being produced by Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar, Sujay Jayraj, and Rajesh Shah.