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The Filmfare Awards are presented annually by The Times Group to honour both artistic and technical excellence of professionals in the Hindi language film industry of India. The Filmfare ceremony is one of the oldest film events in India.[1][2][3] The awards were first introduced 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
63rd Filmfare Awards
Filmfare trophy.jpg
Trophy of the award
Awarded forExcellence in cinematic achievements
Presented byFilmfare
First awarded21 March 1954 (1954-03-21)
Last awarded20 January 2018 (2018-01-20)
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 1990s, a live ceremony was broadcast to television audiences but was later discontinued due to unknown reasons. Since 2000, a recorded and an edited version of the awards ceremony was televised on SET a week or two after the ceremony has been held already. The 63rd Filmfare Awards were televised on Colors.

Until the mid-1990s, Filmfare Awards were not only preeminent but were also well-recognized popular awards ceremony in India film industry until several clone awards with similar model of awarding and stage performance pattern started sprouting up in Mumbai. There is no data statistics recorded in reference to television viewership for the ceremony, but several press reports have pointed out that along with various other Indian film awards having similar type of technique and too much of cloning by each other, the ceremony has resulted with less curiosity among audiences and poor viewership since 2000s. The Filmfare Awards have been often referred to as the Hindi film industry's equivalent to the Academy Awards in the United States.[1][2][3][4]

It also has other branches of 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 IntroductionEdit

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 couldn't 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 1987Edit

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 StatuetteEdit

The statuette, depicting a woman whose arms uprise 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] Two reasons were given for this change. The organizers 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 CarpetEdit

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 2013Edit

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]


As of 2016, there are total 31 awards given in different categories. Some of the categories which have been discontinued, are also mentioned along with the years through which they prevailed. There is a separate category of critics awards, decided by noted film-critics rather than popular votes. Awards are given in the following categories. Follow the links for lists of the award winners, year by year.

Merit awardsEdit

Critics' awardsEdit

Technical awardsEdit

Special awardsEdit


Artists with all nominations in a single category
Most awards for a single film
Most awards won by a male
  • Gulzar = 20
    (Best Dialogue (4), Critics Award for Best Movie (1), Best Director (1), Best Lyricist (11), Best Documentary (1), Best Story (1), Lifetime Achievement Award (1))
  • A. R. Rahman = 15
    (Best Music Director (10), R. D. Burman Award (1), Best Background Score (4))
  • Amitabh Bachchan = 15
    (Best Actor (5), Best Actor (Critics) (3), Best Supporting Actor (3), Lifetime Achievement Award (1), Power Award (1), Superstar of the Millennium Award (1), Special Award for completing 40 years (1))
  • Shah Rukh Khan = 15
    (Best Actor (8), Best Actor (Critics) (2), Best Villain (1), Best Male Debut (1), Power Award (2), Special Award Swiss Consulate Trophy (1))
Most awards won by a female
  • Asha Bhosle = 9
    (Best Female Playback Singer (7), Special Awards (1), Lifetime Achievement Award (1))
  • Jaya Bachchan = 9
    (Best Actress (3), Best Supporting Actress (3), Special Awards (2), Lifetime Achievement Award (1))
  • Saroj Khan = 8
    (Best Choreography (8))
  • Rani Mukerji = 7
    (Best Actress (2), Best Actress (Critics) (2), Best Supporting Actress (3))
  • Madhuri Dixit = 6
    (Best Actress (4), Best Supporting Actress (1), Special Awards (1))
  • Kareena Kapoor = 6
    (Best Actress (Critics) (2), Best Actress (1), Best Supporting Actress (1), Best Female Debut (1), Special Awards (1))
  • Vidya Balan = 6
    (Best Actress (4), Best Actress(Critics) (1), Best Female Debut (1))
  • Kajol = 6
    (Best Actress(5), Best Villain(1))
Most awards for Best Director
Most awards for Best Actor
Most awards for Best Actor (critics)
Most awards for Best Actress
Most awards for Best Actress (critics)
Most awards for Best Supporting Actor
Most awards for Best Supporting Actress
Most awards for Best Music Director
Most awards for Best Lyricist
Most awards for Best Male Playback Singer
Most awards for Best Female Playback Singer
Most awards for Best Choreography

See alsoEdit


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  2. ^ a b Mehta, Monika (2005), "Globalizing Bombay Cinema: Reproducing the Indian State and Family", Cultural Dynamics, 17 (2): 135–154 [145], doi:10.1177/0921374005058583
  3. ^ a b Boltin, Kylie (Autumn 2003), "Saathiya: South Asian Cinema Otherwise Known as 'Bollywood'", Metro Magazine: Media & Education Magazine (136): 52–5, ISSN 0312-2654
  4. ^ "Filmfare Awards have lost their gleam over the years". Archived from the original on 16 February 2016. Retrieved 8 March 2011. The Filmfare is equivalent to the Oscars for India.
  5. ^ Filmfare Marathi: Nominations are out
  6. ^ "'Filmfare Awards to introduce Short Film category this year; Vidya Balan, Gauri Shinde on jury' – First Post". 2016-12-16.
  7. ^ "'WINNERS OF THE FILMFARE AWARDS 2017' – Film fare".
  8. ^ "'I behaved like Gregory Peck to impress Suraiya' – The Times of India". 2003-06-14. Retrieved 2012-09-30.
  9. ^ a b "Filmfare Awards Facts". Retrieved 2012-09-30.
  10. ^ "50 years of filmfare awards". Hamara Forums. Retrieved 2012-09-30.
  11. ^ Pinto, Jerry (April 1997). "Tangy titbits from the Filmfare past". Filmfare. Archived from the original on 5 July 1998. Retrieved 2012-01-13.
  12. ^ "A golden glow for Filmfare". The Hindu. PTI. 2005-01-28. Retrieved 2011-01-26.
  13. ^ "The Award Gallery – Trophy Partners".
  14. ^ "Filmfare Award 2014: Priyanka Chopra Unveils Special 3D Trophy [PHOTOS]". 2014-01-07. Retrieved 2014-08-05.
  15. ^ a b "Filmfare Awards to be held on January 24 - The Times of India". 2014-01-07. Retrieved 2014-08-05.
  16. ^ Kritika Ajmani (2014-01-25). "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 2014-08-05.
  17. ^ "Tonight at 7.30pm: we live blog (well, not really) about the Filmfare Awards | The National". 2014-01-26. Retrieved 2014-08-05.
  18. ^ "Filmfare Awards Flashback: Record breaking films". Retrieved 2018-01-18.
  19. ^ "Filmfare Awards Flashback: Record breaking films". Retrieved 2018-01-18.
  20. ^ "Filmfare Awards Flashback: Record breaking films". Retrieved 2018-01-18.
  21. ^ "Filmfare Awards Flashback: Record breaking films". Retrieved 2018-01-18.
  22. ^ "Filmfare Awards Flashback: Record breaking films". Retrieved 2018-01-18.
  23. ^ "Filmfare Awards Flashback: Record breaking films". Retrieved 2018-01-18.
  24. ^ "Filmfare Awards Flashback: Record breaking films". Retrieved 2018-01-18.

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