“I Feel Extremely Bad,” Kangana Ranaut On Opting Out Of Anurag Basu’s Imali

“I Feel Extremely Bad,” Kangana Ranaut On Opting Out Of Anurag Basu’s Imali

Jahnavi Patel

In 2006, Kangana Ranaut made her Bollywood debut with Anurag Basu‘s Gangster. She was soon going to collaborate with the director for the third time for a film which was tentatively titled Imali. However, the Queen actress had to opt out of the project. “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,” she shared.

The actress is currently working on three films– Mental Hai Kya, Panga and Jayalalithaa biopic — and in the meantime also working on her next directorial venture.

Kangana also revealed that she has a clear vision of how she wants her filmography to progress but opting out of Anurag’s film was a tough call for her.

She said:

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.

But Kangana definitely wants to collaborate with the director in the future. “Imali is a beautiful love story and we can do that later. But right now, my focus is on my next directorial venture because I’ve just delivered a Rs 100-crore film and it’s the right time for me,” she concluded.