Kangana Ranaut was due to collaborate for the third time with Anurag Basu in Imli.
However, media reports hint that she could be replaced by Deepika Padukone.
As per the report in a Bollywood portal, Deepika is in the talks with the filmmaker Anurag Basu for the film, after Kangana opted out.
A source says:
“Kangana Ranaut had walked out of filmmaker Anurag Basu’s forthcoming movie Imli citing difference in opinion.
As the two of them couldn’t reunite after Gangster and Life In A Metro, the filmmaker has now approached Deepika Padukone to play the lead role in the film.
As Deepika is busy with Chhapaak, the conversations between the filmmaker and the actress have been more than positive.”
Despite this could’ve been Kangana and Anurag’s third collaboration together, the filmmaker is, however, hopeful and says they are destined to work together again.
Basu was to direct Kangana in a project tentatively titled Imli. But she has moved on from the project to focus on her directorial venture.
Amidst news that Kangana “opted” out of the project, Basu told the media:
“She didn’t opt. We were supposed to start the film last November. But then (her) Manikarnika schedule got changed.
Then I got busy with my current film and then she got busy with Panga. It started a never-ending dynamo of confusion on dates.”
Kangana’s forthcoming film includes Mental Hai Kya alongside Rajkummar Rao. She also co-directed the period drama Manikarnika – which marked her directorial debut.