Mumbai: Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Bajirao Mastani has landed five nominations, including in the Best Film category, at the 10th Asian Film Awards, where The Assassin is the front-runner with nine nominations.
Bajirao Mastani will compete with Chinese director Jia Zhangke's Mountains May Depart, Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-Hsien's The Assassin, Japanese director Ryosuke Hashiguchi's Three Stories of Love, Chinese film director Guan Hu's Mr. Six and South Korean director's Ryoo Seung-wan Veteran for the Best Film trophy.
Besides getting nominated for the Best Film category, Bajirao Mastani has also earned nominations for Best Costume Design, Best Visual Effects, Best Original Music and Best Editing.
However, Bajirao Mastani isn't the only Indian film to be nominated at the AFA. Masaan, Talvar, Bombay Velvet and Baahubali: The Beginning also received nominations in different categories.
Masaan actor Vicky Kaushal is nominated for Best Newcomer, Vishal Bhardwaj for Best Screenplay (Talvar), Amit Trivedi for Best Original Music (Bombay Velvet) and Srinivas Mohan (Baahubali: The Beginning) for Best Visual Effects.
For this edition, 77 nominations have been made for 15 awards. The nominations represent 36 films from nine countries, read a statement on the Asian Film Awards' official website.
Organised by the Asian Film Awards Academy, the awards gala will be held on March 17 at the Venetian Theater in Macau.