Bajirao Mastani, directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali took the spotlight at the
recent Rapid Lion 2017 Awards which formed part of the South African International
Film Festival held in Johannesburg’s Market Theatre.
The film festival which ran from March 5 to the 12th attracted about 140 films from
Rapid Lion was supported by S.A. Tourism, Brand South Africa, Gauteng Film
Commission and the Department of Arts and Culture to host the South African
International Film Festival.
During the festival, Rapid Lion hosted its awards ceremonyl where Bajirao Mastani scooped most of the awards.
The movie won Best BRICS award, Best Film Overall, Best Film Editing, Best
Cinematography, Best Directing and one of its leading star, Deepika Padukone won
Best Actress in a Leading Role.
Best Student Film winner was Never a Next Train, a film produced by University of
Cape Town students.
Other winners include:
Best International Short: The Call (South Africa)
Music (Original Song): Barry Gibb for Angels – Shepherds and Butchers (South Africa)
Best Actor in a Leading Role: David Oyelowo – A United Kingdom (United Kingdom)
Best Original Screenplay: Noem My Skollie (South Africa)
Best Humanitarian film: I Am Congo (Gabon/Ecuador)
Best Documentary Feature: In the Shadow of the Hill (Brazil/Australia)
Best of South Africa: Noem My Skollie (South Africa)
Best of Africa and the Africa Diaspora: A United Kingdom (UK)