Filmfare Awards

The Filmfare Awards are a set of awards that honour artistic and technical excellence in the Hindi-language film industry of India. The Filmfare ceremony is one of the most prestigious film events in the world.[1][2][3] The awards were first introduced by The Times Group in 1954, the same year as the National Film Awards. They were initially referred to as the "Clare Awards" or "The Clares" after Clare Mendonca, the editor of The Times of India. A dual voting system was developed in 1956. Under this system, in contrast to the National Film Awards, which are decided by a panel appointed by Indian Government, the Filmfare Awards are voted on by both the public and a committee of experts.

Filmfare Awards
65th Filmfare Awards
Trophy of the award
Awarded forExcellence in cinematic achievements
Presented byFilmfare
First awarded21 March 1954 (1954-03-21)
Last awarded23 March 2019 (2019-03-23)
Television/radio coverage
NetworkSony Entertainment Television (India) (2000-2017)
Colors TV

The ceremony had been sponsored by various private organisations in the past as well as in present provisions. During several years in the 1990s, a live ceremony was broadcast to television audiences but was later discontinued due to unknown reasons. Since 2000, a recorded and edited version of the awards ceremony was televised on SET a week or two after the ceremony has been held already. From 2018 the ceremony is televised on Colors. The 64th edition of the Filmfare Awards was held on 23 March 2019 at Jio Garden BKC, Mumbai.

The Filmfare Awards have been often referred to as the Hindi film industry's equivalent to the Academy Awards in the United States. Until the mid-1990s, Filmfare Awards were the preeminent and most-recognised awards in Bollywood until several other awards sprouted up in Mumbai. This has resulted in a loss of curiosity among audiences and poor viewership since 2000s.[1][2][3][4]

It also has other Indian sub-language Awards like Filmfare Awards South for Cinema of South India, Filmfare Marathi Awards for Marathi cinema, Filmfare Awards East for eastern Indian cinema which started few years back[5]


The Introduction

The Filmfare awards were first introduced in 1954. The Clares was the original name of the award ceremony, named after The Times of India critic Clare Mendonca. Readers of Filmfare were polled to decide the winners, and over 20,000 readers spread throughout India participated in the polls; trophies were given to winners of the popular vote. In the first awards function, held on 21 March 1954 at the Metro Theatre of Mumbai, only five awards were presented: Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Music Director. Do Bigha Zameen was the first movie to win the award for Best Film. The first winners for other four categories were: Bimal Roy for his direction of Do Bigha Zameen, Dilip Kumar for his performance in Daag, Meena Kumari for her performance in Baiju Bawra, and Naushad Ali for his music in Baiju Bawra. Filmfare Awards also introduced the Short Film Category in 2017, with Vidya Balan and Gauri Shinde on the jury.[6] The People's Choice Award for Best Short Film was presented to Khamakha. Short films like Chutney, Matitali Kusti and Taandav won awards as well.[7]

Hollywood star Gregory Peck was invited to be the guest of honour at the first ever awards on 21 March 1954 at the Metro theatre, Mumbai but could not make it to the function since his flight from Colombo got delayed. However, Peck did attend the banquet that followed the award night at Wellington Club (Gymkhana), Mumbai.[8][9][9]

Postponement in 1986 and 1987

The winners for the year 1985 were announced in 1986 and the event was scheduled to be held at the Brabourne Stadium in December 1986. Unfortunately, the 'Bombay film Industry', as was known then went on strike in '86 because of its many contentious issues with the Government of Maharashtra. So the ceremony was pushed to the next year. The winners of 1985 were awarded on 28 January 1987. Due to Security reasons, Filmfare was not awarded for 1986 and 1987.[10]

Filmfare Statuette

The statuette, depicting a woman whose arms are upraised in a dance number with her fingers touching, is commonly referred to as "The Black Lady" (or "The Lady in Black"). Originally designed by N.G. Pansare under the supervision of Times of India's art director Walter Langhammer, it is generally made of bronze, its height is 46.5 cm and it weighs around five kg.[11] To celebrate the 25th year of the awards, the statues were made in silver and to celebrate the 50th year the statues were made in gold.[12] The Filmfare trophy is manufactured by The Award Gallery since 2000.[13] Till 2012, there were only a few changes made to the trophy. But recently, as of 2013, a huge change has been made to give the trophy a 3-D look.[14] There were two reasons were given for this change. The organisers believe that this was necessary to match the many advances in technology in today's world which will advance a lot more in the coming years as well. Also, this was an attempt to match the theme of the 2013 set of awards at Filmfare in Mumbai: a hundred years leap into the future.[15]

The Red Carpet

The Red Carpet is a segment that takes place before the beginning of the actual ceremony. This is when actors, actresses, producers, directors, singers, composers, and others that have contributed to Indian cinema are introduced.[16] Hosts question the celebrities about upcoming performances and who they think deserves to take the Black Lady home.[17]

In 2013

The 2013 Filmfare awards took place in Mumbai at the Yash Raj Studios in Andheri. A special press conference was held just for its announcement and this took place at the Suburban hotel in Mumbai as well. The theme that year was a hundred years in the future. The reason for the theme to be held that year was because it was meant to be a continuous from previous year's theme where the fraternity celebrated the completion of a hundred years in Indian cinema at the box office.[15]


Merit awards

Critics' awards

Technical awards

Special awards

Short film awards

  • People's choice award for best short film
  • Best Short Film in Fiction
  • Best Short Film in Non-Fiction
  • Best Actor Male Short Film
  • Best Actor Female Short Film


Artists with all nominations in a single category

Meena KumariBest Actress10th Filmfare Awards1963
Mohammed RafiBest Male Playback Singer16th Filmfare Awards1969
Asha BhosleBest Female Playback Singer20th Filmfare Awards1973
Kishore KumarBest Male Playback Singer32nd Filmfare Awards1985
Alka YagnikBest Female Playback Singer39th Filmfare Awards1994
Javed AkhtarBest Lyricist50th Filmfare Awards2005

Most awards for a single film

FilmYearNo of Awards
Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge199610
1942: A Love Story1995
Kaho Naa… Pyaar Hai2001
Bajirao Mastani2016

Most nominations for a single film

FilmYearNo of Nominees
Rang De Basanti 2007 21
Padmaavat 2019 18
Kuch Kuch Hota Hai 1999 17
Devdas 2003
Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam 2000 16
Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham... 2002 15
Veer-Zaara 2005
Omkara 2007
Raazi 2019

Most awards won by a male

RecipientCategoriesNo. of Awards
A. R. Rahman15
Amitabh Bachchan
Shah Rukh Khan

Most awards won by a female


Categories No. of Awards
Asha Bhosle 9
Jaya Bachchan
Saroj Khan 8
Lata Mangeshkar 7
Alka Yagnik
Rani Mukerji
Shreya Ghoshal

Most awards for Best Director

RecipientNo. of Awards
Bimal Roy7
Yash Chopra4
Raj Kapoor
Sanjay Leela Bhansali

Most awards for Best Choreography

RecipientNo. of Awards
Saroj Khan8
Farah Khan6
Most consecutive wins in a single category

See also


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  15. "Filmfare Awards to be held on January 24 - The Times of India". 7 January 2014. Retrieved 5 August 2014.
  16. Kritika Ajmani (25 January 2014). "59th Idea Filmfare Awards 2013: Amitabh Bachchan, Salman Khan, Priyanka Chopra sizzle on the red carpet. View pics! – Bollywood News & Gossip, Movie Reviews, Trailers & Videos at". Retrieved 5 August 2014.
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