Mumbai: Anurag Basu is keen on casting Kangna Ranaut as Madhubala for his next, a Kishore Kumar biopic.

Anurag Basu has picked Kangna Ranaut as his choice to play the legendary actress Madhubala in his biopic on Indian cinema's singing legend, Kishore Kumar.

Anurag defends his casting choices, "There was no role that she could do in my current film, ‘Barfee’. It does feel odd to be working without her. But I'm sure we'll work together again. It could be in Kishore (what the biopic is called)."

Kangna was unhappy with her role in Anurag’s previous venture ‘Kites’ and she vented her anger in front of media.

Anurag admits he was hurt. "If she had a problem with me regarding her role in Kites or whatever, she could've picked up the phone and told me. Why go public about it? Yes, that hurt. I think she was upset because she was left out of the publicity of ‘Kites’.But we wanted to pitch it as a Hrithik Roshan-Barbara Mori love story."

Anurag adds, "We are and always will be friends. There's no problem from my side."