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India’s 61st Filmfare Awards saw historic epic Bajirao Mastani come out the big winner with nine honors, followed by hit comedy Piku with five trophies.
Bajirao Mastani, from Eros International, has been a major hit at the box office, surpassing revenue of $45 million (3 billion rupees), according to the company.
The film won the best film and best director honors (Sanjay Leela Bhansali), while also earning the awards for best actor, for Ranveer Singh, and best supporting actress, for Priyanka Chopra (Quantico). The film’s other wins included trophies for best costume, cinematography, choreography and production design.
Following her Hollywood breakout with ABC’s Quantico, Chopra is in early talks to join Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron in Baywatch, Paramount’s big-screen take on the 1990s television series about California lifeguards.
Meanwhile, Bajirao Mastani‘s female lead Deepika Padukone won the best actress award for her turn in Piku, in which she plays the titular character, the daughter of a grumpy father (Bollywood icon Amitabh Bachchan). The film’s cast also includes Irrfan Khan, who starred in Jurassic World, and whose next international appearance will be in Ron Howard’s Inferno with Tom Hanks.
Piku was produced by Sony Television Entertainment’s film unit MSM Motion Pictures and also won the Filmfare awards for best screenplay (Juhi Chaturvedi) and the critics awards for best film and best actor (Bachchan).
As reported earlier, Padukone, Vampire Diaries star Nina Dobrev and Orange Is the New Black breakout Ruby Rose are in various stages of negotiations to join the cast of xXx: The Return of Xander Cage, the film project that seeks to reboot the Vin Diesel action spy franchise.
Also at the Filmfare Awards, Neeraj Ghaywan won the best debut director honor for his film Masaan which premiered at Cannes where it won a FIPRESCI award in the Un Certain Regard section. Other winners included legal drama Talvar, which won best editing and sound design awards. The film screened in a special presentation at Toronto last year.
The Filmfare Awards are organized by Filmfare magazine, owned by the parent company of The Times of India newspaper, among other properties. This year’s ceremony was co-hosted by Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan. The event saw live performances from such stars as Salman Khan and actress Alia Bhatt, among others. A recorded telecast of the awards will air on Sony Entertainment Television at a later date.
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