Historical film sweeps 'Bollywood Oscars'
INDIAN historical epic Bajirao Mastani swept the "Bollywood Oscars" early yesterday, taking home awards for best director, best supporting actress and best actor for leading man Ranveer Singh.
The movie, which sees Singh play an 18th-century Maratha warrior, picked up nine other technical prizes at the International Indian Film Academy awards, including for choreography and best cinematography.
"I am quite overwhelmed by all of this," the movie's director, Sanjay Leela Bhansali, said as he picked up his prize at the International Film Academy awards being held this year in Spain for the first time.
"I think thank you is just not enough for this film," he added.
Bajirao Mastani made around 3.5 billion rupees (S$69.7 million), according to industry estimates.
The best picture award went to Bajrangi Bhaijaan, staring Salman Khan.
It was the biggest-grossing Bollywood film of 2015, earning around 6.26 billion rupees.
The award show, which celebrates the Hindi-language film industry, takes place in a different city outside India every year in a bid to lure new audiences.