Naishaa Kaur Bhatoye is an Indian child actor and badminton player. She played the role of young Saina in the Hindi film ‘Saina’ (2021).
Naishaa Kaur Bhatoye was born on Friday, 24 April 2009 (age 13 years; as of 2021) in Chembur, Mumbai. Her zodiac sign is Taurus. She is pursuing her schooling at St. Gregorios High School, Chembur, Mumbai.
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Black
Parents & Siblings
Her father’s name is Jagir Singh, and her mother’s name is Sapna Bhatoye. She has one elder sister, Jaspreet Bhatoye.
At the age of seven, she started her training in badminton. Initially, she used to participate in school’s badminton competitions. After winning a few competitions in school, she started participating in various inter-school badminton competitions and won many prizes.
She did her initial training in the sport from her coach Jitesh Padukone.
After winning various badminton competitions, she was selected to continue her training at the Pullela Gopichand Badminton Academy in Hyderabad. In an interview, while talking about the selection. She said,
I was 99 percent sure before the program that I will get selected. I feel very proud to be selected and very happy to train under Gopichand in his academy.”
In 2022, she won the U-15 girls singles title at the Ashwani Gupta Memorial All India Sub Junior Ranking Badminton Tournament. In 2021, she was roped in the Hindi film ‘Saina’ to play the role of Saina (younger role) in the film. Her name was recommended by the Indian film actress Shraddha Kapoor (who was earlier playing the role of Saina). Shraddha spotted her for the first time while Naishaa was playing badminton at the North Indian Association.
- All India Balkan JI Bari 2017
- Mumbai Schools Sports Association 2018
- Central Railway Institute Badminton Tournament 2018
- Saraf Matru Trophy 2019
- Junior Badminton Championship 2019
- She participates in various school competitions like drawing, running, handwriting, cycling, and elocution.
- In an interview, she shared how she started playing badminton. She said,
Growing up, my sister and I were exposed to extra-curricular activities and Bharatanatyam was one of them. While Jaspreet continued to pursue Bharatanatyam, I was out in 6 months, saying I wanted to play Badminton instead. Simple games with friends and families and defeating them triggered my love for the game. Being ambidextrous, I could play badminton with both hands. However, later I opting to play with right hand but continues all other activities with my left. As I trained for about 18 months my game improved drastically and I was defeating many of my seniors. The opportunity to move to Hyderabad for training was a dream come true. With my parents living in Mumbai, the entire family had to make a lot of sacrifices. My dad moved with me to Hyderabad. My mom stays with my sister in Mumbai but visits every weekend for moral supports and preparing weekly diet meals. I’m sure it will all be worth it in in end.”
- During an interview, while talking about her coach, she said,
I started playing under Jitesh sir in 2015 when I was seven and began attending Gopi sir’s academy two years ago. I’m thankful to my school for permitting me to attend classes online long before the COVID-19 pandemic began. I come to Mumbai only for my exams.”
- In 2017, she appeared in one of the episodes of the TV game show ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati.’
- In an interview, while talking about Naishaa, her mother said,
We already had her videos on her Facebook page, so I sent it when we read about talent hunt through newspapers. But after we heard there are thousands of entries, I felt it won’t be easy for her to get selected. But I am happy she did.”
She learnt a lot there (Gopichand academy) in those weeks. When she came back she defeated No 1 seed in U-12 category of MSSA Inter-School Games. She is in top 10 national rankings in both singles and doubles categories. Yesterday, she won U-11 title in Mumbai Games. She is also an athlete and won 400m in U-12 category of MSSA inter-school games, two days ago.”