"Bajirao Mastani": Indian Film Wins Big At Renault Sony Guild Awards

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Bajirao Mastani is making a huge impact in the world of Bollywood and those who enjoy a great love story.

Bajirao Mastani cleaned up at the Renault Sony Guild Awards, with the Best Actor in Leading Role Award going to Bajirao Mastani star Ranveer Singh.

Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Sound Design, Best Costume Design, Best Dialogue, Best Choreography and Best Actor in a Supporting Role also all went to Bajirao Mastani.

The story of 18th century Hindu Maratha warrior Peshwa Bajirao I and his love for a Muslim woman, Mastani, is being called the magnum opus for director Sanjay Leela Bhansali.

Bajirao Mastani was a bit of a risk for Bhansali as the setting, plot and interaction of characters are all apparently "alien" to what is normally seen in Indian films.

However, Bhansali wasn't worried.

He said, "I’ve lived with the script for 12 long years. Over the years, I read it over and over again and continue to be thrilled by it. Every time I read it, I realized Bajirao Mastani must be made. It’s such a powerful screenplay."

He added, "I never considered what the budget would be, or that audiences may not connect with the classical flavor. There was no fear of failure when I made Bajirao Mastani. I am a fearless filmmaker."

One of the film's stars, Priyanka Chopra, also won the Guild Global Honor Award for her American debut in the TV drama, Quantico.

What do you think of Bajirao Mastani director Sanjay Leela Bhansali's fearless approach to filmaking?

Lacy Langley
Lacy is a writer from Texas. She likes spending time in the home office, homeschooling her kids, playing the didgeridoo, caring for her chickens (Thelma and Louise), Rolos, Christmas, and Labyrinth.