Sanjay Leela Bhansali has understandably elated ever since he won the Best Director nod at the 63rd National Film Awards for his magnum opus Bajirao Mastani. The auteur spoke about how it had always been his mother's wish that he win a National Award — so when his name was announced among the winners on Monday, it was she who was most excited.
On Monday night, Bhansali threw a bash for his friends in the film industry, and it was a glittering affair indeed. Among the high-profile attendees (who included the likes of Shah Rukh Khan, Sonam Kapoor and many others) there were a few guests who caught our eye.
Foremost among these was Rekha, who made it a point to express her affection for Bhansali when she met him. As he bestowed a courtly kiss on the diva's hand, Rekha performed the age-old tradition of circling her hands around Bhansali's head and then "cracking" her knuckles against her temples.
At another point of time during the evening, Bhansali also had a warm moment with his Bajirao Mastani hero Ranveer Singh. The duo, who has worked together in Goliyon Ki Rasleela: Ram-Leela, share a close bond that was very evident at the party.
And although Ranveer is his current favourite actor, as Deepika Padukone is his current favourite actress to work with, Bhansali did make time for his onetime muse Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, as well. Aishwarya, who was also spotted at the Women of Worth award ceremony that same evening, dropped by for Bhansali's big night, and traded hugs with her Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, Devdas and Guzaarish director.