Mumbai: Filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali said Kangana Ranaut, who won the Best Actress honour for Tanu Weds Manu Returns at the 63rd National Film Awards, is an "outstanding actress", but he would have liked Deepika Padukone to win the award for Bajirao Mastani.
"Kangana is an outstanding actress but deep in my heart, I wished Deepika or Priyanka had won. Deepika's performance was splendid and Priyanka was fantastic too," Bhansali said at a press conference.
"However, as the jury thought Kangana was the better choice, I agree she has done a fabulous job in Tanu Weds Manu Returns. I am very happy for Kangana but as a director-producer, I wanted Priyanka or Deepika to win," said Bhansali, who won the best director award for Bajirao Mastani.
Asked about the possibility of working with Kangana in the future, the Devdas director said: "I can't talk about the future. It depends on planning."
The 53-year-old director said filmmaking was a liberty and not a responsibility for him.
"I don't make films for awards or box office collections. My first preference is always the audience. The audience's love is sufficient for me."
Ranveer Singh was also not chosen for the National Award for best actor, which went to Amitabh Bachchan for his portrayal of Bhaskor Banerjee in Piku.
For Kangana, this was her third National Film Award. She has previously won for her performance in Queen and as a supporting actress for Madhur Bhandarkar's Fashion.
First Published On : Mar 29, 2016 11:09 IST