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Sanjay Leela Bhansali wins the National Award for Best Director
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After making a clean sweep at all the entertainment award ceremonies this year, one of the most celebrated filmmakers in the country, Sanjay Leela Bhansali, has now been honored with a National Award.

Sanjay Leela Bhansali has been bestowed a National award honor in the Best Director category ,for Bajirao Mastani. Known to create nothing short of masterpieces, the filmmaker who is also the recipient of a Padma Shri award ,has never failed to deliver films rich in content and high on entertainment, a visual spectacle captured on celluloid.

One of the country's biggest honors, The National awards, not only cover the entire national spectrum of Indian Cinema but have also become a merit yardstick for artistic, competent and meaningful cinema.

Sanjay Leela Bhansali is no stranger to the most coveted and prestigious awards in the country. His directorial works Black and Devdas went on to win National awards for Best Hindi Feature Film and Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment respectively. His home production Mary Kom too was awarded the National Award last year.

Sanjay Leela Bhansali's work of love, Bajirao Mastani, released nationwide last year, only to be received with an unprecedented response from the industry and the audience in Indian and overseas markets alike as millions across the globe showered immense love on the film and made it one of the biggest blockbusters of the year.

Humbled by the honor says Sanjay Leela Bhansali, " This award is extremely special because it is a pat on the back for my work as a director rather than as a producer. I have bagged three National Awards before this for Devdas, Black and Mary Kom, but that doesn't make the excitement of having your work acknowledged by the entire nation any less spectacular. If there was anyone more ecstatic than me, it was my mother.Bajirao Mastani bagged seven National awards and these belong to the entire team who complemented each other so well and made this dream possible".

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