14 Mar - First it was one, then there were two, and by the end of the night, "Bajirao Mastani" managed to win 11 awards at the Zee Cine Awards 2016.
Cinema Online was present at the grand Bollywood film awards ceremony held at the Reliance Jio Gardens in Mumbai to witness the romance epic by filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali take home some of the highest honours of the night, including Best Film and Best Director.
Lead actor Ranveer Singh also took home the Best Actor award for his role in "Bajirao Mastani", but that honour was also shared with veteran Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan for his role in "Piku".
Ranveer's co-star and also his girlfriend in real-life, Deepika Padukone won the Best Actress award for her role in "Piku", but the actress who was twice nominated that night for Best Actress (also for "Bajirao Mastani"), was not present during the ceremony as she was shooting the Hollywood film "xXx: The Return of Xander Cage" alongside Vin Diesel.
Hosted by actor Shahid Kapoor ("Haider") and filmmaker-host Karan Johar, the duo made quite a hilarious pair on stage as they kept making jokes at each other's expense and also at Ranveer Singh who had to keep coming up to the stage to collect the awards for his "Bajirao Mastani" team.
Joked Karan Johar, "This awards night has turned into a 'Ranveer Singh' night! Ranveer, I think you should just remain standing on stage for the rest of the night."
Although the actor returned to his seat eventually, he then came back on stage with a blast to perform a high-energy performance with medley of songs from his hit film, "Bajirao Mastani", obviously.
Huge Bollywood stars like Salman Khan, Nana Patekar, Kajol and Anil Kapoor also graced the ceremony much later, with Kapoor the recipient of the International Icon of the Year award delivering a surprise dance sequence on stage comprising of a mash-up of popular songs including his iconic dance number from his 1989 film "Ram Lakhan"!
Here is the complete list of winners:
Best Film (Jury) – "Bajirao Mastani"
Best Director (Jury) - Sanjay Leela Bhansali for "Bajirao Mastani"
Best Actor Female (Jury) - Deepika Padukone for "Piku"
Best Actor Male (Jury) - Amitabh Bachchan for "Piku" & Ranveer Singh for "Bajirao Mastani"
Song of The Year (Viewers' Choice) – "Prem Ratan Dhan Payo"
Best Film (Viewers' Choice) – "Bajrangi Bhaijaan"
Best Actress (Viewers' Choice) - Deepika Padukone for "Bajirao Mastani"
Best Actor (Viewers' Choice) - Salman Khan for "Bajrangi Bhaijaan"
Best Debutant Male - Vicky Kaushal for "Masaan"
Best Debutant Female - Bhumi Pednekar for "Dum Laga Ke Haisha" & Harshali Malhotra for "Bajrangi Bhaijaan"
Best Debutant Director - Neeraj Ghaywan for "Masaan"
Best Actor in a Comic Role - Nawazuddin Siddiqui for "Bajrangi Bhaijaan"
Best Actor in a Negative Role - Nawazuddin Siddiqui for "Badlapur"
Best Supporting Actor Female - Shweta Tripathi for "Masaan"
Best Supporting Actor Male - Sanjay Mishra for "Masaan"
Best Background Score - Sanchit Balhara for "Bajirao Mastani"
Best Visual Effects - Prasad Sutar for "Bajirao Mastani"
Best Action - Shyam Kaushal for "Bajirao Mastani"
Best Choreography - Ganesh Acharya for "Malhari" – "Bajirao Mastani"
Best Cinematography - Sudeep Chatterjee for "Bajirao Mastani"
Best Story - Juhi Chaturvedi for "Piku"
Best Dialogue - Juhi Chaturvedi for "Piku"
Best Screenplay - Juhi Chaturvedi for "Piku"
Outstanding Contribution to Indian Cinema - Veeru Devgn
Best Lyrics - Varun Grover for "Moh Moh Ke Dhaagey" – "Dum Laga Ke Haisha"
Best Music - Anu Malik for "Dum Laga Ke Haisha"
Best Female Playback Singer - Shreya Ghoshal for "Mohe Rang Do Lal" – "Bajirao Mastani"
Best Male Playback Singer - Mohit Chauhaan for "Matargashti" - Tamasha and Arijit Singh for "Sooraj Dooba" - "Roy"
Best Product Design: "Bajirao Mastani"
Best Sound Design: "Bajirao Mastani"
Best Background Score: "Bajirao Mastani"
Best VFX: "Bajirao Mastani"
International Icon Award: Anil Kapoor
Best Choreographer: Ganesh Acharya for "Malhari" from "Bajirao Mastani"
Stunt Person of the Year: Amit Grover for "Shamitabh"
Bengali Film Category
Best Actress: Churni Ganguly for "Nirbashito"
Best Actor: Prosenjit Chatterjee
Best Film: "Belaseshe"
Marathi Film Category
Best Actress: Amrita Subhash for "Killa"
Best Actor: Nana Patekar for "Natsamrat"
Best Film: "Natsamrat"