Filmfare Awards South is the South Indian segment of the annual Filmfare Awards. They are presented by Filmfare magazine to honour artistic and technical excellence in the Indian film industry encompassing four languages: Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada. When it was introduced in 1954, the Filmfare Awards initially only recognized achievements in the Hindi film industry. In 1964 the awards were extended to Tamil, Telugu, Bengali and Marathi languages. Malayalam cinema was included in the awards in 1967 and Kannada cinema followed in 1970.

Filmfare Awards South
Current: 67th Filmfare Awards South
The Black Lady
Awarded forBest in South Indian cinema
Sponsored byMultiple
Presented byFilmfare
First awarded1963
Last awarded2022
Most awardsKamal Haasan
Most nominationsKamal Haasan
WebsiteFilmfare Awards South
Television/radio coverage
NetworkStar India (2000–19)
Zee Entertainment Enterprises (2022–present)
RelatedFilmfare Awards
Filmfare Awards East
Filmfare Marathi Awards

Each industry is given its own set of creative awards in annual ceremonies that have predominantly been held in Chennai and Hyderabad. Before 1976, the Awards ceremony was held in Mumbai along with Hindi awards. From 1976, Southern region film awards were separated from Hindi and moved to Chennai.

History edit

The awards were first given in 1953 and the ceremony used to be held along with Bollywood Filmfare Awards. The awards were being held in the Kalaivanar Arangam, Chennai in the early days.[1] Later the ceremony shifted to the distinctive Music Academy.

In 1953 initially recognizing the Hindi film industry. In 1963 Awards extended to Best Picture in Telugu, Tamil, Bengali & Marathi, for the awards and from 1966 Malayalam films were added.[1] Kannada films became a part of the event in 1969.[1] In 1972 the awards were extended to Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Director categories in all south Indian films.[2] The categories for Special Awards were introduced in the 1980s and Best Music Direction in 1990s. Lifetime Achievement Award – South was first given in 1983. Award for Best Male debut and Female debut were given irregularly during the same period. Categories for Best Male Playback Singing and Best Female Playback Singing were introduced in 1997. In 2002, awards for Best Supporting actors were given for Telugu and Tamil films. Since 2005, these awards were extended to the Malayalam and Kannada film industries. In the same year, additional categories such as Best Lyricist, Best Playback Singing were also introduced. Awards for Best Comedian were given from 2002 till 2006 and was discontinued later.

Statuette edit

The statuette, depicting a woman whose arms uprise in a dance number with her fingers touching, is commonly referred to as "Black Lady" (or "The Lady in Black"). Originally designed by N.G. Pansare under the supervision of The 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.[3]

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.[4]

The Red Carpet edit

The Red Carpet is a segment that takes place before the beginning of the actual ceremony.[5] This is where actors, actresses, producers, directors, singers, composers, and others that have contributed to Indian cinema are introduced. Hosts question the celebrities about upcoming performances and who they think deserves to take the Black Lady home.[6]

Superlatives edit

Superlative Artist Record
Most individual wins A. R. Rahman, Kamal Haasan 17 awards
Most individual nominations Shreya Ghoshal 44 nominations
Most direction awards K. Viswanath, K. Balachander 8 awards
Most music direction awards A. R. Rahman 17 awards
Most acting awards – Male Kamal Haasan 16 awards
Most acting awards – Female Lakshmi, Manju Warrier 7 awards
Most playback singer awards – Male Karthik 6 awards
Most playback singer awards – Female Shreya Ghoshal 10 awards

Records edit

Most Awards for a film

Film No. of Awards
Nuvvostanante Nenoddantana 9
Baahubali 2: The Conclusion
Soorarai Pottru

Most Awards for Best Director

Image Recipient No. of Awards
  K. Viswanath 8
  K. Balachander 8

Most Awards for Best Actor

Image Recipient No. of Awards
  Kamal Haasan 16

Most Awards for Best Actress

Image Recipient No. of Awards
  Lakshmi 7

Most Awards for Best Actor - Critics

Image Recipient No. of Awards
  Karthi 2
  Dulquer Salmaan
  Arvind Swamy

Most Awards for Best Actress - Critics

Image Recipient No. of Awards
  Sruthi Hariharan 2

Most Awards for Best Supporting Actor

Image Recipient No. of Awards
  Jagapathi Babu 4

Most Awards for Best Supporting Actress

Image Recipient No. of Awards
  Saranya Ponvannan 5

Most Awards for Music Direction

Image Recipient No. of Awards
  A. R. Rahman 17

Most Awards for Male Singer

Image Recipient No. of Awards
  Karthik 6

Most Awards for Female Singer

Image Recipient No. of Awards
  Shreya Ghoshal 10

Award Categories edit

As of 2006, there are a total of 10 categories across each of the four film industries.

Creative awards edit

Telugu cinema edit

Tamil cinema edit

Malayalam cinema edit

Kannada cinema edit

Technical awards edit

Special awards edit

Retired awards edit

Ceremonies edit

References edit

  1. ^ a b c "Magadheera,Nadodigal,Josh bag top honours at the Filmfare awards". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 9 October 2011. Retrieved 7 July 2011.
  2. ^ Film world, Volume 9. T.M. Ramachandran. 1973.
  3. ^ Pinto, Jerry (April 1997). "Tangy titbits from the Filmfare past". Filmfare. Archived from the original on 5 July 1998. Retrieved 13 January 2012.
  4. ^ "A golden glow for Filmfare". The Hindu. PTI. 28 January 2005. Archived from the original on 2 March 2005. Retrieved 26 January 2011.
  5. ^ "66th Yamaha Fascino Filmfare Awards South 2019: These ladies scorched the red carpet in their stunning ensembles - Times of India". The Times of India. 23 December 2019. Retrieved 13 July 2021.
  6. ^ "66th Yamaha Fascino Filmfare Awards South: Ravishing Divas on the Red Carpet (PHOTOS)". The Times of India. 21 December 2019. Retrieved 13 July 2021.
  7. ^ "Winners: 64th Jio Filmfare Awards 2017 (South)". Times of India. 19 June 2017.
  8. ^ "Winners of the 63rd Britannia Filmfare Awards (South)". Archived from the original on 2 July 2016.
  9. ^ "Filmfare awards for South India - Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam & Kannada - Telugu Cinema".
  10. ^ "38th Annual Filmfare Awards Winners South Tamil". 11 July 2021.
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  13. ^ Archived at Ghostarchive and the Wayback Machine: "Rare Video of 27th Annual Film Fare Awards - 1980 (Voice Over - Radhika Sarathkumar)". YouTube.

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