After Kangana Ranaut had quit Anurag Basu’s Imali, strong rumours were abuzz that the makers are considering Deepika Padukone to replace the Manikarnika actress. Since there was no confirmation on the same, Anurag Basu has recently admitted that he indeed has met Deepika Padukone and they can’t confirm the same unless Deepika doesn’t confirm it first.

When DNA asked Anurag Basu about Deepika Padukone replacing Kangana in his next directorial, he said, “I cannot confirm till she confirms anything. I did meet her. She has to confirm it to me and then we can confirm it to others."

Talking about things not working out with Kangana he said, “We were supposed to start in November but we couldn't because she got busy with 'Manikarnika' and 'Panga'. Even I got busy with my other film. She wanted to be in good space and time to do this film but things did not work out."

Earlier, when Kangana had revealed why Imali didn’t work out with Anurag Basu, she had told DNA, “Last year, when I announced Panga and Imali together, Anurag Basu’s film was supposed to go on floors in November 2018. But I had to direct and reshoot Manikarnika: The Queen Of Jhansi. So, I had to push Imali. I was also meaning to be a director for a while, so I couldn’t have said no to this. Meanwhile, Panga had already started and I couldn’t not do that. Manikarnika has done very well, so I want to take my directorial career further. I can’t not direct now. I had signed the Jayalalithaa biopic because it’s a strong character and in sync with whatever I’m doing with regards to women empowerment.”

“Anurag and I have spoken about it. I feel extremely bad because Imali was giving me an opportunity to work with my mentor again, but I’m on the verge of announcing my own film in a few weeks from now. That has taken a lot of my time and I have conveyed it to Anurag, who understood my situation.”



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