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Saina Movie Review & my learnings from it

This weekend we watched the Saina movie and I was honestly captivated by this movie. During the Pre-corona days, I was attending the shuttle badminton classes too. And my coach has gifted me Sindhu and Saina akka’s posters to put in my room too. So, when we were just browsing the movies on Amazon prime, we hit upon this movie and I wanted to see it immediately. Here is my movie review about Saina.

I had already heard about Saina and Sindhu so many times from my coach and my mom. So, I was curious as to how the little Saina would look like. This movie picks up the speed after Saina’s family moves to Hyderabad so that she can get the best training for her Shuttle badminton.

I never believed my mom, when she said that Saina’s coach Gopi Sir is very strict and very particular about diet. When I saw in the movie that Saina has to change all her food habits after joining Gopi Sir’s team, then only I understood its importance. But I still have one question for Saina Akka. How can she survive with just one chapati? I eat three and then still feel the hunger and keep craving for chocolates and other stuff. Also, I heard that Gopi Sir stopped her from eating icecreams. But I have seen that Akka and her friends were eating icecreams now and then. So not sure, why my mom told me like that.

Also, Saina’s mom is very strict. Did you see that she slapped Akka in front of everyone for not winning the gold medal in nationals? I was so surprised seeing that scene. How can a mom beat her kid just like that? When I lost in my artistic gymnastics, my mom didn’t say even a single word to me but gave me a burger instead. So Akka, please tell your mom to calm down a little bit.

Also, I wonder how you were able to get up daily at 3 AM and report it to Gopi Sir by 5:30 AM. But what my coach told me that Gopi sir expects his students to report sharp by 4:30 AM. And in case, if you are late by 15 minutes or so, you are marked absent that day. I got up for my gymnastics competition for 15 days like that at 5:00 AM. After that, I honestly lost my interest in getting up daily so early. Don’t you honestly feel bored going daily and practice the shuttle? You are really awesome Akka. There is so much to learn from you.

Like that time, when you went to practice your game while your mom is in the hospital. I cried seeing those scenes you know? How could you do that akka. How did you get that determination and will power?

I wish, the movie showed more in detail about your game and your fitness routine. They didn’t even show your Olympics match. You should have told them to shoot properly na. Also, you didn’t show properly your reactions after you lost the no. 2 positions. I know that you have this “Never Say, Never Die” attitude and you really charged ahead and got that no. 1 ranking. But that entire process is not at all clear.

Also, Kashyap was not shown in full length. He was such a good shuttler, isn’t he? Nowhere, he was shown playing the game, except throwing few rallies for you. Why is it like that? Also, why is Gopi Sir’s name changed to Rajan in the movie. I was so waiting to see your picture with him in the end, but that was also missing. Anyways, I do have that picture with me.

But on the overall, this is a very nice movie and a must watch for all the kids who want to shine in sports, as this movie teaches the importance of diet, discipline and mental stamina. I used to adore you earlier itself, but after watching this movie, I am in so love with your game and everything Saina akka. Please keep inspiring us like this and I really want you to start taking part once again in competitions.

This blog post is part of the blog challenge ‘Blogaberry Dazzle’ hosted by Cindy D’Silva and Noor Anand Chawla.


  1. It might sound wierd to you, I was waiting for Saina to get released but I did not know that it got released until yesterday as I was so stuck up in my own life. However, your review is amazing, I’ll just check it out!

  2. I wanted to see the movie but wasn’t sure how it would be . Thank you for sharing your wonderful review. Will definitely watch this movie this weekend

  3. I must say you reviewed the movie perfectly. So detailed and so narrative way that one can surely watch the movie. I am also planning to watch it.

  4. Lovely review. I have been reading a lot about this movie. I liked how balanced your review was.

  5. Aww, how lovely of you, dear Shravan. You have written an honest and unbiased review of the movie. Everything is so balanced in this. I wish you can adhere to the habit of waking up early. Wish you the best dear champ. – From Swarna Akka.

  6. I wanted to watch the movie the day I first time heard of it. Though still I didn’t watch. I was waiting for such honest review. Bdw, early rising is not so difficult dear. Once you make it a habit, you’ll find it the best thing you have done in life.

  7. I just love reading your review. It is like a open letter to Saina. I have watched this movie and like you I too was little upset as they didn’t focus much on the games won my Saina especially the Olympic one, otherwise the movie was quite inspiring.

  8. Well written, Shrav. And as always, a cute one. I loved how balanced the review is. I am hoping to catch the movie soon.

  9. Ha ha. Another cute review by Shrav. And very valid points raised 🙂
    I haven’t seen the movie yet as I was waiting to complete a series that I am in the midst of. Hope to catch it soon.

  10. Its amazing how you have dived deep and noticed so many ways in which this movie could be made better!!! Good going…learning so much from u:)

  11. Such a delight to read a review that is unbiased and shares the pros and cons of the film is a very simple manner. Loved reading this, Shravs.

  12. So, Shrav has turned critic now!;)
    Dear Shrav,
    Thanks for your honest review, I’ll try to watch Saina on Amazon Prime and share my views:)

  13. Very nice review! However I did not enjoy the movie so much. But your review is really good you have not only bought out the good points but also what you learnt from it. Great!

  14. This was a very refreshing and honest movie review, Shravan. Somehow I never heard of this movie. I have met Saina and Gopichand. Gopichand coached kids in our club..I will surely catch the movie tonight. Thanks for the detailed review

  15. Another masterpiece review by Shravan. I have watched this movie and honestly didn’t like much. Don’t what exactly couldn’t convinced me much maybe storyline, screenplay or something else, somehow this movie couldn’t able to touch me. Although, I was so excited to watch my favorite player Saina’s life-story movie but it failed to impress me.

  16. What a cute and lovely review. Loved the way you are writing’ Akka’ everytime. I will definitly watch this movie.

  17. Shrav, as always your review is honest. I also did not like the part when Saina mom hits her when she stood second. I liked how you took the positives of the film at the end.

  18. Truely making sense and learning from a movie I wanted to see the movie but wasn’t sure how it would be . Thank you for sharing your wonderful review.

  19. I agree with your review. Some aspects of the movie didn’t sit right with me although it is a good way to make kids understand dedication for a sport.

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