MUMBAI — Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s epic love saga “Bajirao Mastani” continues to be an award season favorite as it won the top prizes at the Zee Cine Awards 2016, including the ‘Best Film’ honor and ‘Best Director’ trophy for the filmmaker.
The film, which took home 11 trophies, also earned Ranveer Singh his ‘Best Actor’ award, which the young star deservingly shared with megastar Amitabh Bachchan, who was honored for his performance of a cranky father in “Piku.”
The period drama won the ‘Best Playback’ singer (female) award for Shreya Ghoshal (“Mohe Rang Do Laal”), ‘Best Choreography’ for Ganesh Acharya (“Malhari”), ‘Best Art Direction,’ ‘Best Action,’ ‘Best Background Score, ‘Best Sound Design,’ ‘Best Visual Effects’ and ‘Best Cinematography.’
Neeraj Ghaywan’s sensitive drama, “Masaan,” which was seemingly ignored throughout the award season, was the second big winner at the ceremony. The movie bagged five trophies, including ‘Best Debut’ for Vicky Kaushal, ‘Best Debut Director’ honor for Ghaywan and ‘Best Supporting Actor’ (female) for Shweta Tripathi.
Deepika Padukone won the ‘Best Actress’ award for her acclaimed performance of a dutiful daughter in Shoojit Sircar’s “Piku.” Her rumored boyfriend Ranveer Singh received the award on her behalf as the actress is in Los Angeles shooting for her Hollywood debut, “xXx: The Return of Xander Cage.” “Piku” also earned writer Juhi Chaturvedi ‘Best Dialogues’ and ‘Best Screenplay’ awards. Nawazuddin Siddiqui won the ‘Best Actor’ (negative role) for his stupendous performance in Sriram Raghavan’s “Badlapur.” While Anu Malik won the ‘Best Music’ award for “Dum Laga Ke Haisha,” writer Varun Grover won the ‘Best Lyricist’ award for the song “Moh Moh Ke Dhaage” from the film.
The ‘Best Debutant’ (female) was a tie between child star Harshaali Malhotra (“Bajrangi Bhaijaan”) and Bhumi Pednekar for “Dum Laga Ke Haisha.” The ‘Best Playback Singer’ (male) was shared by Mohit Chauhan (“Tamasha”) and Arijit Singh (“Roy”).
A new category was introduced this year at the Zee Cine Awards, ‘Stunt Person of the Year,’ which went to Amit Grover for his work in R. Balki’s “Shamitabh.” The night saw performances by Anil Kapoor, Ranveer Singh, Sushant Singh Rajput, Arjun Kapoor, Sonakshi Sinha and Kriti Sanon, among others.
The ceremony was hosted in parts by Shahid Kapoor, Karan Johar, Parineeti Chopra and Sonakshi Sinha. The biggest highlight of the evening was Anil Kapoor’s performance, who showed off his moves on tracks from the films starring Varun Dhawan, Ranveer Singh and his nephew Arjun Kapoor.
The actor concluded his act with a song from the film “Ram Lakhan.”