Bajirao Mastani excels in Rapid Lion Awards in South Africa

Filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali's epic saga "Bajirao Mastani" collects major trophies, including the best director and best film overall, at the South African International Film Festival, also known as the Rapid Lion Awards. Although Rapid Lion is largely intended for filmmaking recognition for African countries, a number of nominations were received from India in a special category for BRICS countries, in which Bhansali's film beat entries from Russia and host country South Africa. There were no entries from China and Brazil, the other countries in BRICS. "Bajirao Mastani" also bagged honors in categories like best actress in a leading role for Deepika Padukone, best of BRICS, best film editing Rajesh Pandey and cinematography Sudeep Chatterjee. The film was also nominated for the best actor in a leading role Ranveer Singh, sound editing and original song "Ab Tohe Jane Doongi". Bollywood has soft power in reflecting the diversity and beauty of Indian culture to audiences across the globe, said Consul-General Dr K J Srinivasa as he accepted the awards on behalf of the winners, none of whom were present We are happy for the awardees and especially for the acknowledgement that good Bollywood films such as 'Bajirao Mastani' are appreciated all over the world, including here in South Africa. We will ensure that all the awards are delivered to the winners to add to the many awards they have already collected for this film in the past year," Srinivasa added.There were a number of other nominations from India, including Hansal Mehta's "Aligarh". The film's lead star Manoj Bajpayee was nominated in the best actor category, while the film also vied for the award for direction Mehta as well as film editing and best original screenplay Apurva Asrani for both.