Filmfare Awards

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The Filmfare Awards are annual awards that honour artistic and technical excellence in the Hindi-language film industry of India.[1] The Filmfare ceremony is one of the most famous film events in India.[2] The awards were first introduced by the Filmfare magazine of The Times Group in 1954, the same year as the National Film Awards.[3] They were initially referred to as the "Clare Awards" or "The Clares" after Clare Mendonca, the editor of The Times of India.

Filmfare Awards
Current: 67th Filmfare Awards
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The Filmfare Award statuette
Awarded forExcellence in the Hindi film industry
Presented byFilmfare
First awardedMarch 21, 1954; 68 years ago (1954-03-21)
Last awarded30 August 2022 (2022-08-30)
Television/radio coverage
NetworkSony Entertainment Television (2000–17)
Colors TV
Most recent Filmfare Award winners
← 2020 Best in films in 2021 2022 →
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Award Best Actor Best Actress
Winner Ranveer Singh
Kriti Sanon
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Award Best Supporting Actor Best Supporting Actress
Winner Pankaj Tripathi
Sai Tamhankar
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Award Best Actor Critics Best Actress Critics
Winner Vicky Kaushal
(Sardar Udham)
Vidya Balan

Previous Best Picture


Best Picture


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 the Indian Government, the Filmfare Awards are voted on by both the public and a committee of experts. The ceremony has 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 2001, a recorded and edited version of the awards ceremony was televised on SET a week or two after the ceremony has been held. Since 2018, the ceremony has been televised on Colors. The 65th Filmfare Awards event was held on the 16th of February 2020 at Sarusajai Stadium, Guwahati.[4]

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 poor viewership since the 2000s.[1][2][3][5]

In addition to the flagship event, Filmfare also has variants for other Indian film industries, such as Filmfare Awards South for South Indian cinema, Filmfare Marathi Awards for Marathi cinema, and Filmfare Awards East for eastern Indian cinema.[6]


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.

Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser at the Filmfare Awards during his visit to India, March, 1960.

Do Bigha Zameen was the first movie to win the award for Best Film. The first winners for the 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. The Filmfare Awards also introduced the Short Film Category in 2017, with Vidya Balan and Gauri Shinde on the jury.[7] 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.[8]

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.[9][10]

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 it was known then, went on strike in 1986 because of its many contentious issues with the Government of Maharashtra. As a result, the ceremony was pushed to the next year. The winners of 1985 were awarded on 28 January 1987. For security reasons, the Filmfare was not awarded for 1986 and 1987.[11]

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.[12] Hosts question the celebrities about upcoming performances and who they think deserves to take the Black Lady home.[13]

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 continuous from the previous year's theme, where the fraternity celebrated the completion of a hundred years in Indian cinema at the box office.[14]

Filmfare StatuetteEdit

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 5 kg.[15] 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.[16] The Filmfare trophy is manufactured by The Award Gallery since 2000.[17] Until 2012, there had only been a few changes made to the trophy. But more recently, as of 2013, a huge change has been made to give the trophy a 3-D look.[18] There were two reasons given for this change. First of all, the organisers believe that it 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. This was also an attempt to match the theme of the 2013 set of awards at Filmfare in Mumbai: a hundred years leap into the future.[14]

Popular awardsEdit

Current awardsEdit

Discontinued awardsEdit

Critics' awardsEdit

Current critics’ awardsEdit

Discontinued critics’ awardsEdit

Technical awardsEdit

Special awardsEdit

Current special awardsEdit

Discontinued special awardsEdit

Short film awardsEdit

  • 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

OTT awardsEdit

In 2020, Filmfare started Filmfare OTT Awards for the best in web series.[19]

  • Best Series
  • Best Director (Series)
  • Best Series (Critics)
  • Best Director (Critics)
  • Best Actor in a Drama Series (Male)
  • Best Actor in a Drama Series (Female)
  • Best Actor in a Drama Series (Critics)
  • Best Actress in a Drama Series (Critics)
  • Best Actor in a Comedy Series (Male)
  • Best Actor in a Comedy Series (Female)
  • Best Actor in a Comedy Series (Critics)
  • Best Actress in a Comedy Series (Critics)
  • Best Actor in A Supporting Role in a Drama Series (Male)
  • Best Actor in A Supporting Role in a Drama Series (Female)
  • Best Actor in A Supporting Role in a Comedy Series (Male)
  • Best Actor in A Supporting Role in a Comedy Series (Female)
  • Best Comedy (Series/Specials)
  • Best Film (Web Original)
  • Best Actor in a Web Original Film (Male)
  • Best Actor in a Web Original Film (Female)
  • Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Web Original Film (Male)
  • Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Web Original Film (Female)
  • Best Original Story (Series)
  • Best Screenplay (Series)
  • Best Dialogue
  • Best Cinematography (Series)
  • Best Production Design (Series)
  • Best Editing (Series)
  • Best Costume Design (Series)
  • Best Background Music (Series)
  • Best Original Soundtrack (Series)

See alsoEdit


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  5. ^ "Filmfare Awards have lost their gleam over the years". Archived from the original on 16 August 2011. Retrieved 8 March 2011. The Filmfare is equivalent to the Oscars for India.
  6. ^ "Filmfare Marathi: Nominations are out - Times of India". The Times of India.
  7. ^ "'Filmfare Awards to introduce Short Film category this year; Vidya Balan, Gauri Shinde on the jury' – First Post". 16 December 2016.
  8. ^ "'WINNERS OF THE FILMFARE AWARDS 2017' – Film fare".
  9. ^ "'I behaved like Gregory Peck to impress Suraiya' – The Times of India". 14 June 2003. Retrieved 30 September 2012.
  10. ^ "Filmfare Awards Facts". Retrieved 30 September 2012.
  11. ^ "50 years of Filmfare awards". Hamara Forums. Retrieved 30 September 2012.
  12. ^ 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.
  13. ^ "Tonight at 7.30pm: we live blog (well, not really) about the Filmfare Awards | The National". 26 January 2014. Retrieved 5 August 2014.
  14. ^ a b "Filmfare Awards to be held on January 24 - The Times of India". 7 January 2014. Retrieved 5 August 2014.
  15. ^ Pinto, Jerry (April 1997). "Tangy titbits from the Filmfare past". Filmfare. Archived from the original on 5 July 1998. Retrieved 13 January 2012.
  16. ^ "A golden glow for Filmfare". The Hindu. PTI. 28 January 2005. Archived from the original on 2 March 2005. Retrieved 26 January 2011.
  17. ^ "Times of India Film Awards 2013, TOIFA 2013, Toifa".
  18. ^ "Filmfare Award 2014: Priyanka Chopra Unveils Special 3D Trophy [PHOTOS]". 7 January 2014. Retrieved 5 August 2014.
  19. ^ "Filmfare OTT Awards 2020: Big Night For Paatal Lok And The Family Man. Complete List Of Winners".

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