Actress Kangana Ranaut has revealed that she is no longer a part of Anurag Basu’s upcoming movie ‘Imali’.

A few months ago, Kangana Ranaut announced that she would be teaming up with Anurag Basu, who launched her in Bollywood with ‘Gangster’ and later cast her in his acclaimed movie ‘Life in a Metro’, for the third time.

"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. 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", said Kangana in a statement.

She said moving out of Anurag Basu's film was a tough call for her. 

"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," she said.

But filmmaker Anurag Basu said that Kangana didn’t ‘opt out’.

"She didn't opt. We were supposed to start the film last November. But then Manikarnika's 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," said Anurag Basu to IANS.

"But we are destined to work together again. I'm sure it will happen sooner or later," added the filmmaker.

Anurag Basu is currently busy working on an untitled anthology. Meanwhile, Kangana will next be seen in ‘Mental Hai Kya’ that also stars Rajkummar Rao.