Filmmaker Anurag Basu earlier announced that the shooting of his upcoming venture ‘Imli’ was slated to begin in November last year. Soon after, reports surfaced that the project did not hit floors on the assigned date because of its leading lady Kangana Ranaut’s back-to-back schedule, who was gearing up for ‘Manikarnika – The Queen of Jhansi’ at the time. Basu went on to work on another movie and the ‘Queen’ starlet became occupied with Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari’s ‘Panga’. And so, unsurprisingly, their dates didn’t match! Last month, rumour had it that Deepika Padukone was Anurag’s first choice for ‘Imli’ from the very beginning.
As conversation about who will bag the role took over social media by storm, the fans of both the stars were pumped with excitement. However, in a recent development, a source close to Deepika has denied all reports that claim she was ever in the race with Kangana. “Deepika would never do a role rejected by Kangana because she would never hear the end of it. Kangana and her sister love to tell the film industry and the audience about the roles that Kangana has rejected. It is not a very nice thing to do,” revealed a source.
The insider added, “But then Kangana and her spokesperson-sister do what they like, regardless of repercussions. Deepika certainly doesn’t want to get into an embarrassing position.” On the contrary, Basu’s claims that he approached Deepika are reportedly true. “They had an informal meeting, where Basu told her about the role in ‘Imli’. She liked it, but she never said yes, and she won’t. She would have no problem in stepping in to any actress’ role. But, not Kangana. There is too much baggage to carry forward,” the source stated. People were expecting a face-off between the two Bollywood divas but that is highly unlikely now!