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Is Deepika Padukone the new Imali girl for Anurag Basu?

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There is no doubt about the fact that Kangana Ranaut could make her debut in Bollywood then only because of Anurag Basu’s ‘Gangster’. At that point, she had little idea that she would end up being such a big name herself after working her way up in the industry.

However, just after few years, she was back in the hunt with Basu again with ‘Life In A… Metro’ where she was brilliant. But after ‘Life In A… Metro’ in 2007, neither Kangana nor Basu would have imagined in their wildest dreams that their next association would take 10 years or even more to happen.

Kangana and Basu were to collaborate and work together in Basu’s next ‘Imali’ until Kangana decided pull out from the project citing date issues.

Kangana was to start shooting for the film from November 2018 but because she had to reshoot and also ‘direct’ ‘Manikarnika’ once again, the film was pushed further. Then after that Basu got busy with his current film and the dates keep moving back. So ‘Imali’ cannot happen with Kangana on board.

But guess whom have the makers approached now for the lead role to work in place of Kangana? Deepika Padukone!

Now Kangana has three films under her kitty and hence the duo just cannot match up dates together that work for both so that they can work together. In all likelihood, the positive talks will be soon materialized and Deepika could be on board for the project after the completion of ‘Chhapaak’ which is her debut production.

A source close to Anurag has apparently said, “Kangana Ranaut had walked out of filmmaker Anurag Basu’s forthcoming movie ‘Imali’ citing differences 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.”

We eagerly wait to hear a final and official word from either Deepika or Anurag on this. But we can already feel the temperature rising if at all an Anurag Basu-Deepika Padukone collaboration happens for real.

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