Filmfare Award for Best Actress
The Filmfare Award for Best Actress is given by Filmfare as part of its annual Filmfare Awards for Hindi films, to recognise a female actor who has delivered an outstanding performance in a leading role. The award was first given in 1954 for the films released in preceding year 1953.
|Filmfare Award for Best Actress|
|Awarded for||Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role|
|First awarded||Meena Kumari,
Baiju Bawra (1954)
|Currently held by||Vidya Balan,
Tumhari Sulu (2018)
|Actress with most awards||Nutan, Kajol||5|
|Actress with most nominations||Madhuri Dixit||14|
|Actress with all nominations in a single year||Meena Kumari (1963)||3|
|Actress with most nominations in a single year||Shabana Azmi (1984)||4|
|Actress with most consecutive year nominations||Madhuri Dixit (1989-1996)||10|
|Actress with most nominations without ever winning||Tabu||5|
|Oldest nominee||Sharmila Tagore||61|
- Nutan and her niece Kajol, with five wins each, have maximum awards. Meena Kumari, Madhuri Dixit and Vidya Balan have four wins each. Vyjayanthimala, Jaya Bachchan and Shabana Azmi have three wins each. Eight actresses have won the award twice; in chronological order, they are Waheeda Rehman, Dimple Kapadia, Rekha, Sridevi, Karisma Kapoor, Aishwarya Rai, Rani Mukerji and Deepika Padukone.
- Meena Kumari achieved an unusual feat by garnering all of the nominations with no other actress nominated in 1963. Uptil now, no other actress has equaled this record.
- Five actresses have won the award in consecutive years; in chronological order, they are Meena Kumari (1954–55), Jaya Bachchan (1974–75), Shabana Azmi (1984–85), Rani Mukerji (2005–06), and Vidya Balan (2012–13).
- There has been only one tie in the history of this category. This occurred in 1974 when Jaya Bachchan and Dimple Kapadia were both given the award.
- Madhuri Dixit holds the record for maximum 14 nominations, followed by Meena Kumari with 12, Hema Malini and Kajol with 11, Aishwarya Rai and Sridevi with 10 nominations. Dixit also holds the record for most consecutive nominations with 10 between 1989 and 1996 (winning in 1991, 1993, 1995 and 1998). She thus also holds the record of maximum awards and maximum nominations in a single decade, with 4 awards and 10 nominations in 1990s.
- On occasion of an actress receiving multiple nominations in the same year and won in either of them: Shabana Azmi received four nominations in 1984 and holds the record for the highest number of nominations in a single year. Meena Kumari and Kajol had three nominations each in 1963 and 1999 respectively. Vyjayanthimala, Jaya Bachchan, Rakhee, Rekha, Shabana Azmi, Sridevi, Madhuri Dixit, Aishwarya Rai, Preity Zinta, Rani Mukerji, Vidya Balan and Alia Bhatt each received two nominations in 1959, 1974, 1977, 1981, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000, 2004, 2006, 2012 and 2017 respectively, where Deepika Padukone is the only actress who achieved this feat twice in 2014 and 2016 and won in both years.
- On occasion of an actress receiving multiple nominations in the same year but failed to win in any of them: Jaya Bachchan, Madhuri Dixit and Kareena Kapoor each received two nominations in 1972, 1996 and 2010 respectively where Hema Malini is the only actress who achieved this feet twice in 1975 and 1976 but won in none of the years.
- Vyjayanthimala is the only actress to win the maximum awards, without ever losing, whenever been nominated. She received three awards among four nominations, being nominated twice in 1959 and once each in 1962 and 1965, winning in all three years. She was also the first actress to win both Best Actress Award and Best Supporting Actress Award as well as the first actress to receive multiple nominations.
- Tabu holds the record of maximum nominations without ever winning, with five, followed by Mala Sinha, Saira Banu, Manisha Koirala, Urmila Matondkar, Anushka Sharma and Sonam Kapoor with four nominations each. Jaya Prada has three nominations.
- Nutan, who won the award for the fifth time in 1979 at the age of 42, is the eldest winner, while Sharmila Tagore became the eldest nominee in 2006 at the age of 61. Dimple Kapadia, in 1973, became the youngest winner and youngest nominee at the age of 16.
- Meena Kumari was the most victorious actress with two wins in the 1950s (she won the first two awards consecutively). Nutan peaked with three wins in '60s. Jaya Bachchan ruled the '70s with two wins. Shabana Azmi and Rekha fetched two wins each in the '80s. In the '90s, Madhuri Dixit outperformed all actresses with four wins. Aishwarya Rai, Rani Mukherji and Kajol had two wins each in the 2000s which were the highest. Until now, Vidya Balan is the most successful actress of 2010s with four wins.
- Only once have siblings been nominated during the same year: Karisma Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor in 2002, and twice have cousins been nominated during the same year: Kajol and Rani Mukerji in 2007 and Priyanka Chopra and Parineeti Chopra in 2013. Among these, Kajol won in 2007.
- Karisma Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor are the only siblings to win the award, while Kajol and Rani Mukerji are the only cousins to win the award.
- Meena Kumari, Nargis, Smita Patil, Nutan, Bina Rai and Sridevi are the six recipients who are not alive. They died in 1972, 1981, 1986, 1991, 2009 and 2018 respectively.
- Fourteen actresses who have won both Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress awards include Vyjayanthimala, Raakhee, Padmini Kolhapure, Nutan, Dimple Kapadia, Rekha, Karisma Kapoor, Jaya Bachchan, Madhuri Dixit, Rani Mukerji, Kareena Kapoor, Kangana Ranaut, Priyanka Chopra and Shabana Azmi. Mukerji is the first and only actress to win both these awards in the same year (2005). Aishwarya Rai was nominated in 2001 for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress but did not win.
- Nutan and Rakhee were nominated for both Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress awards for the same performance: Nutan for Saudagar (1974) and for Main Tulsi Tere Aangan Ki (1979) and Raakhee for Doosra Aadmi (1978); Nutan won Best Actress award for Main Tulsi Tere Aangan Ki (1979).
- Madhuri Dixit and Rakhee are the overall most nominated performers in the female acting categories, each with overall sixteen nominations. While Dixit has fourteen nominations for Best Actress and two for Best Supporting Actress, Rakhee has eight nominations in each of these categories.
- Eight Actresses have won the Best Actress awards in both the Popular and Critics Categories; in chronological order, they are Dimple Kapadia, Karisma Kapoor, Rani Mukerji, Kareena Kapoor, Vidya Balan, Priyanka Chopra, Kangana Ranaut and Alia Bhatt. Mukerji is the first and only actress to win both these awards for the same role in the same year (2006).
- Kareena Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra are the only two actresses to win Filmfare Awards in five different categories, while Kangana Ranaut has won in four categories. All the three actresses have won Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress and Best Female Debut awards once each. Kapoor won twice, while Chopra and Ranaut won once each in the Best Actress (Critics) category. Kapoor and Chopra also won one Special Award and one Best Villain Award, respectively. Kapoor, Chopra and Ranaut, thus have 6, 5 and 4 Filmfare Awards respectively.
- Vidya Balan is the only actress nominated in the leading role of same franchise (Kahaani and Kahaani 2: Durga Rani Singh) where she won in the former.
- 14 Nominations: Madhuri Dixit
- 12 Nominations: Meena Kumari
- 11 Nominations: Hema Malini, Kajol
- 10 Nominations: Aishwarya Rai, Sridevi
- 9 Nominations: Shabana Azmi, Vidya Balan
- 8 Nominations: Jaya Bachchan, Raakhee, Rani Mukerji
- 7 Nominations: Nutan, Rekha, Kareena Kapoor, Deepika Padukone
- 6 Nominations: Juhi Chawla
- 5 Nominations: Tabu, Karisma Kapoor, Preity Zinta, Priyanka Chopra
- 4 Nominations: Vyjayanthimala, Mala Sinha, Waheeda Rehman, Saira Banu, Smita Patil, Dimple Kapadia, Manisha Koirala, Urmila Matondkar, Sharmila Tagore, Anushka Sharma, Sonam Kapoor, Alia Bhatt
- 3 Nominations: Jaya Prada
- 2 Nominations: Amisha Patel, Sadhana Shivdasani, Asha Parekh, Suchitra Sen, Reena Roy, Zeenat Aman, Padmini Kolhapure, Rati Agnihotri, Meenakshi Seshadri, Bipasha Basu, Katrina Kaif, Parineeti Chopra, Kangana Ranaut
List of winners and nomineesEdit
- 1954 Meena Kumari – Baiju Bawra as Gauri
- 1955 Meena Kumari – Parineeta as Lalita
- 1956 Kamini Kaushal – Biraj Bahu as Biraj Chakravorty
- 1957 Nutan – Seema as Gauri
- 1958 Nargis – Mother India as Radha
- 1959 Vyjayanthimala – Sadhna as Champabai / Rajani
- 1960 Nutan – Sujata as Sujata
- 1961 Bina Rai – Ghunghat as Parvati / Jamuna
- 1962 Vyjayanthimala – Gunga Jumna as Dhanno
- 1963 Meena Kumari – Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam as Chhoti Bahu
- 1964 Nutan – Bandini as Kalyani
- 1965 Vyjayanthimala – Sangam as Radha Khanna
- 1966 Meena Kumari – Kaajal as Madhavi
- 1967 Waheeda Rehman – Guide as Rosie Marco
- 1968 Nutan – Milan as Radha R. Rai
- 1969 Waheeda Rehman – Neel Kamal as Rajkumari Neel Kamal / Sita Raichand
- 1970 Sharmila Tagore – Aradhana as Vandhana Tripathi
- 1971 Mumtaz – Khilona as Chand
- 1972 Asha Parekh – Kati Patang as Madhavi "Madhu"
- 1973 Hema Malini – Seeta Aur Geeta as Seeta / Geeta
- 1974 Dimple Kapadia – Bobby as Bobby J. Braganza and Jaya Bachchan – Abhimaan as Uma Kumar
- 1975 Jaya Bachchan – Kora Kagaz as Archana Gupta
- 1976 Lakshmi – Julie as Julie
- 1977 Raakhee – Tapasya as Indrani "Indu" Sinha
- 1978 Shabana Azmi – Swami as Saudamini "Mini"'
- 1979 Nutan – Main Tulsi Tere Aangan Ki as Sanjukta Chouhan
- 1980 Jaya Bachchan – Nauker as Geeta
- 1981 Rekha – Khubsoorat as Manju Dayal
- 1982 Smita Patil – Chakra as Amma
- 1983 Padmini Kolhapure – Prem Rog as Manorama "Rama"
- 1984 Shabana Azmi – Arth as Mrs. Pooja Inder Malhotra
- 1985 Shabana Azmi – Bhavna as Bhavna Saxena
- 1986 Dimple Kapadia – Saagar as Mona D'Silva
- 1987 - no award
- 1988 - no award
- 1989 Rekha – Khoon Bhari Maang as Aarti Verma/Jyoti
- 1990 Sridevi – ChaalBaaz as Anju Das / Manju Das
- 1991 Madhuri Dixit – Dil as Madhu Mehra
- 1992 Sridevi – Lamhe as Pallavi / Pooja Bhatnagar
- 1993 Madhuri Dixit – Beta as Saraswati
- 1994 Juhi Chawla – Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke as Vaijanti Iyer
- 1995 Madhuri Dixit – Hum Aapke Hain Koun..! as Nisha Choudhury
- 1996 Kajol – Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge as Simran Singh
- 1997 Karisma Kapoor – Raja Hindustani as Aarti Sehgal
- 1998 Madhuri Dixit – Dil To Pagal Hai as Pooja
- 1999 Kajol – Kuch Kuch Hota Hai as Anjali Sharma
- 2000 Aishwarya Rai – Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam as Nandini Durbar
- 2001 Karisma Kapoor – Fiza as Fiza Ikramullah
- 2002 Kajol – Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham... as Anjali Sharma Raichand
- 2003 Aishwarya Rai – Devdas as Parvati "Paro" Chakraborty
- 2004 Preity Zinta – Kal Ho Naa Ho as Naina Catherine Kapur
- 2005 Rani Mukerji – Hum Tum as Rhea Prakash
- 2006 Rani Mukerji – Black as Michelle McNally
- 2007 Kajol – Fanaa as Zooni Ali Baig
- 2008 Kareena Kapoor – Jab We Met as Geet Dhillon
- 2009 Priyanka Chopra – Fashion as Meghna Mathur
- 2010 Vidya Balan – Paa as Vidya
- 2011 Kajol – My Name is Khan as Mandira Khan
- 2012 Vidya Balan – The Dirty Picture as Reshma / Silk
- 2013 Vidya Balan – Kahaani as Vidya Venkatesan Bagchi
- 2014 Deepika Padukone – Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela as Leela Sanera
- 2015 Kangana Ranaut – Queen as Rani Mehra
- 2016 Deepika Padukone – Piku as Piku Banerjee
- 2017 Alia Bhatt – Udta Punjab as Mary Jane/Bauria
- 2018 Vidya Balan – Tumhari Sulu as Sulochana "Sulu" Dubey