Filmfare Award for Best Actress
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The Filmfare Award for Best Actress is given by Filmfare as part of its annual Filmfare Awards for Hindi films, to recognise the female actor who has delivered an outstanding performance in a leading role. The award was first given in 1954 for the films released in the preceding year 1953.
|Filmfare Award for Best Actress|
The 2020 recipient: Alia Bhatt
|Awarded for||Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role|
|First awarded||Meena Kumari, |
Baiju Bawra (1954)
|Currently held by||Alia Bhatt, |
Gully Boy (2020)
|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||6|
|Eldest nominee||Sharmila Tagore||61|
|Youngest winner||Dimple Kapadia (1973)||16|
|Youngest nominee||Dimple Kapadia (1973)||16|
- Nutan and her niece Kajol, with 5 wins each, have maximum awards. Meena Kumari, Madhuri Dixit and Vidya Balan have 4 wins each. Vyjayanthimala, Jaya Bachchan, Shabana Azmi, and Alia Bhatt have 3 wins each. 8 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.
- Madhuri Dixit and Rani Mukerji are the overall most nominated performers in the female acting categories, each with overall 17 nominations. While Madhuri Dixit has 14 nominations for Best Actress and 3 for Best Supporting Actress, and Rani Mukerji has 10 nominations for Best Actress and 7 nominations for Best Supporting Actress. Additionally, Rani Mukerji has 2 wins for Best Actress (Critics).
- Meena Kumari achieved an unusual feat by garnering all of the nominations in 1963 with no other actress being nominated (3 nominations that year). Until now, no other actress has equaled this record.
- Six 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), Vidya Balan (2012–13) and Alia Bhatt (2019-20).
- There has been only one tie in the history of this category. This occurred in 1974 when Dimple Kapadia and Jaya Bachchan tied for the award, winning for Bobby and Abhimaan respectively.
- Madhuri Dixit holds the record for the maximum Best Actress nominations with 14, followed by Meena Kumari with 12, Hema Malini and Kajol with 11, Rani Mukerji, Aishwarya Rai, Sridevi and Vidya Balan 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 the 1990s.
- On occasion of an actress receiving multiple nominations in the same year and won in either of them: Shabana Azmi received 4 nominations in 1984 and holds the record for the highest number of nominations in a single year. Meena Kumari, Kajol and Deepika Padukone had 3 nominations each in 1963, 1999 and 2014 respectively. Vyjayanthimala, Jaya Bachchan, Raakhee, Rekha, Shabana Azmi, Sridevi, Juhi Chawla, Madhuri Dixit, Aishwarya Rai, Preity Zinta, Rani Mukerji, Vidya Balan and Alia Bhatt each received two nominations in 1959, 1974, 1977, 1981, 1985, 1990, 1994, 1995, 2000, 2004, 2006, 2012 and 2017 respectively. Deepika Padukone is the only actress who achieved this feat twice in 2014 (2 nominations) and 2016 (2 nominations) and won in both years.
- On the 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 2 nominations in 1972, 1996 and 2010 respectively, where Hema Malini is the only actress who achieved this feat 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 3 awards among 4 nominations, being nominated twice in 1959 and once each in 1962 and 1965, winning in all 3 years. She was also the first actress to win both the 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 6, followed by Mala Sinha, Saira Banu, Manisha Koirala, Urmila Matondkar, Anushka Sharma and Sonam Kapoor with 4 nominations each, followed by Jaya Prada with 3 nominations.
- Nutan, who won the award for the fifth time in 1979 at the age of 42 for Main Tulsi Tere Aangan Ki, is the eldest winner, while Sharmila Tagore became the eldest nominee in 2006 at the age of 61 for Viruddh. Dimple Kapadia, in 1973, became the youngest winner and youngest nominee at the age of 16 for Bobby.
- Meena Kumari was the most victorious actress with 2 wins in the 1950s (she won the awards consecutively). Nutan peaked with 3 wins in the '60s. Jaya Bachchan ruled the '70s with 2 wins. Shabana Azmi and Rekha fetched 2 wins each in the '80s. In the '90s, Madhuri Dixit had 4 wins. Aishwarya Rai, Rani Mukerji and Kajol had 2 wins each in the 2000s which were the highest. Vidya Balan was the most successful actress of 2010s with 4 wins.
- Only once have siblings been nominated during the same year: Karisma Kapoor for Zubeidaa and Kareena Kapoor for Aśoka in 2002, and twice have cousins been nominated during the same year: Kajol for Fanaa and Rani Mukerji for Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna in 2007 and Priyanka Chopra for Barfi! and Parineeti Chopra for Ishaqzaade 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.
- Juhi Chawla became the first actress to win the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut & Filmfare Award for Best Actress in the year 1989 & 1994 respectively, followed by Preity Zinta (2004), Kareena Kapoor (2008), Priyanka Chopra (2009), Vidya Balan (2010), Deepika Padukone (2014) and Kangana Ranaut (2015), with Balan winning Best Actress award 4 times and Padukone winning twice.
- 14 actresses who have won both Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress awards include Vyjayanthimala, Raakhee, Padmini Kolhapure, Nutan, Dimple Kapadia, Rekha, Karishma Kapoor, Jaya Bachchan, Madhuri Dixit, Rani Mukerji, Kareena Kapoor, Kangana Ranaut, Priyanka Chopra, and Shabana Azmi. Rani Mukerji is the first and only actress to win both these awards in the same year (2005), winning Best Actress for Hum Tum and Best Supporting Actress for Yuva. Aishwarya Rai was nominated in 2001 for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress for Hamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai and Mohabbatein respectively but failed to win either. Rani Mukerji was again nominated in 2008 for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress for Laaga Chunari Mein Daag and Saawariya respectively but did not win either. Also Anushka Sharma was nominated in 2016 for both Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress for NH10 and Dil Dhadakne Do respectively but did not win either.
- Nutan and Raakhee were nominated for both Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress 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).
- 8 Actresses have won Best Actress in both the Popular and Critics Categories; in chronological order, they are Dimple Kapadia, Karisma Kapoor, Rani Mukerji, Kareena Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Vidya Balan, Kangana Ranaut and Alia Bhatt. Rani 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 actresses to win Filmfare Awards in 5 different categories, while Kangana Ranaut has won in 4 different categories. All 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 has also won the Special Award, while Chopra has won the Best Villain Award respectively. Kapoor, Chopra, and Ranaut, thus have 6, 5, and 4 Filmfare Awards respectively.
- Vidya Balan and Rani Mukerji are the 2 actresses nominated in the leading role of the same franchise. Balan was nominated for Kahaani and Kahaani 2: Durga Rani Singh in 2013 and 2017 respectively, where she won for the former; Mukerji was nominated for Mardaani and Mardaani 2: Shivani Shivaji Roy in 2015 and 2020 respectively, but did not win for either.
- Dimple Kapadia, Lakshmi are the only actresses won the award on their debut ventures Bobby, and Julie respectively.
Winners and nomineesEdit
|Indicates the winner|
|Year||Photos of winners||Actress||Role(s)||Film|
|Meena Kumari||Gauri||Baiju Bawra|
|No Other Nominee|
|No Other Nominee|
|Kamini Kaushal||Biraj Chakravarty||Biraj Bahu|
|No Other Nominee|
|No Other Nominee|
|Vyjayanthimala||Champabai / Rajani||Sadhna|
|Mala Sinha||Meena Khosla||Dhool Ka Phool|
|Meena Kumari||Ratna||Chirag Kahan Roshni Kahan|