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Filmfare Awards

Filmfare Awards
60th Filmfare Awards
Trophy of the award
Awarded for Excellence in cinematic achievements
Country India
Presented by Filmfare
First awarded 1953
Official website .com.filmfarewww
Television/Radio coverage
Network Sony Entertainment Television (India) (2000-present)

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.[4] 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 by both the public and a committee of experts."


  • History 1
  • Awards 2
    • Merit awards 2.1
    • Critics' awards 2.2
    • Technical awards 2.3
    • Special awards 2.4
  • Records and facts 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


The Filmfare awardsw were first noob introduced in 1953. 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.

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 nite at Wellington Club (Gymkhana), Mumbai.[5][6][6]

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 Maharashtra Government. 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.[7]

Due to the many award ceremonies in the Indian Film Industry, it is often questioned which ones are "real" and based on fair decisions made by the jury. The Filmfare went through a phase of controversy in which they were accused of a biased selection when nominating and presenting awards and it was believed that they were not awarded based on merit. But, it is a common trend for the award ceremonies to be questioned over such issues [8] The Bollywood fraternity has been around for over a century now and has acquired many new techniques, talents, story lines, and much more. The importance of these awards is that it recognizes an industry in which almost a thousand movies per year are produced making it one of the biggest in cinema. They are also a very important set of awards because everyone has a soft spot in their hearts for them due to they long lasting journey. The awards only started with a few categories back in 1953 but today, it recognizes about 31 categories. In the past century, they have proves to overcome any controversy and at the same time achieve something new each year as well.[9]

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"). Filmfare is widely known for "The Black Lady" not only because of its beautiful sculpture but because it is the token of honor presented to each winner. Originally designed by N.G. Pansare under the supervision of

  • Times Syndication Service archives of photos of FILMFARE awards since the beginning.
  • Filmfare Awards – Year wise Internet Movie Database
  • List of Filmfare Award Winners and Nominations, 1953–2005

External links

  1. ^ AlMishra, Vijay, Bollywood Cinema: A Critical Genealogy (PDF),  
  2. ^ Mehta, Monika (2005), "Globalizing Bombay Cinema: Reproducing the Indian State and Family", Cultural Dynamics 17 (2): 135–154 [145],  
  3. ^ Boltin, Kylie (Autumn 2003), "Saathiya: South Asian Cinema Otherwise Known as 'Bollywood'",  
  4. ^ Filmfare is also 2nd best award after OscarFilmfare history from
  5. ^ I behaved like Gregory Peck to impress Suraiya' – The Times of India"'". 2003-06-14. Retrieved 2012-09-30. 
  6. ^ a b "Filmfare Awards Facts". Retrieved 2012-09-30. 
  7. ^ "50 years of filmfare awards". Hamara Forums. Retrieved 2012-09-30. 
  8. ^ "FILM AWARDS GENERATE CONTROVERSY - Bollywood Article". 2002-01-10. Retrieved 2014-08-05. 
  9. ^ "Brief history of Bollywood | The Jillbrary". Retrieved 2014-08-05. 
  10. ^ Pinto, Jerry (April 1997). "Tangy titbits from the Filmfare past". Filmfare. Archived from the original on 1998-07-05. Retrieved 2012-01-13. 
  11. ^ "A golden glow for Filmfare".  
  12. ^ "The Award Gallery – Trophy Partners". 
  13. ^ 7 January 2014 14:13 IST (2014-01-07). "Filmfare Award 2014: Priyanka Chopra Unveils Special 3D Trophy [PHOTOS]". Retrieved 2014-08-05. 
  14. ^ a b The author has posted comments on this article (2014-01-07). "Filmfare Awards to be held on January 24 - The Times of India". Retrieved 2014-08-05. 
  15. ^ "Call of The Black Lady: Filmfare Awards". 2013-07-23. 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. ^ "Filmfare Awards: Red Carpet dazzles with Bollywood's beautiful". Emirates 24/7. 2014-01-25. Retrieved 2014-08-05. 
  18. ^ "Tonight at 7.30pm: we live blog (well, not really) about the Filmfare Awards | The National". 2014-01-26. Retrieved 2014-08-05. 
  19. ^ Hunzai, Imran (1 February 2015). "Here is Every Single Winner of 60th Filmfare Awards 2014". Retrieved 19 June 2015. 
  20. ^ "Bollywood Awards Latest Hindi Movies Releases/Article/Ratings/Events only on". Retrieved 2012-09-30. 


See also

Most choreography awards
Most lyricist awards
Most playback singer – female
Most playback singer – male
Most awards for music direction
Most acting awards – female (Best Actress + Best Supporting Actress)
Most acting awards – male (Best Actor + Best Supporting Actor)
Most directing awards
Most awards to a single film[20]

Hindi Film records

Records and facts

Special awards

Technical awards

Critics' awards

Merit awards

As of 2013, there are 31 awards. There is a separate category of film-critics awards, decided by noted film-critics rather than popular votes. This dual format has also generated some controversy amongst viewers and recipients. Awards are given in the following categories. Follow the links for lists of the award winners, year by year. Total 27 awards were given in different categories.[19]


The latest 2013 Filmfare awards took place in Mumbai at the Yash Raj Studios in Andheri. The unique thing about this year was that a special press conference was held just for its announcement and this took place at the Suburban hotel in Mumbai as well. As mentioned earlier, the theme this year is a hundred years in the future. The reason for this theme to be held this year was is because it was meant to be a continuous from last year's theme where the fraternity celebrated the completion of a hundred years in Indian cinema at the box office.[14]

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] The tradition of the red carpet has been around for several years now and is nothing different from any other normal set of awards that take place. As we know, this tradition is a way for the ladies to cat walk down the carpet so show-off their gowns, dresses, hairstyles, and even makeup. The elegant men also walk down the carpet showing off their Indian or Western look.[17] It is also a way for the audience to meet and greet their favorite stars, to see who their favorite celebrities walk in with, and see how the industry mingles with one another. It is a way for the organizers to welcome and thank the beauties to such a prestigious occasion. Hosts question the celebrities about upcoming performances and who they think deserves to take the Black Lady home.[18]

[15] Winners are always very overwhelmed when they hold the lady in their hands not only because it proves and shows their hard work but also because of the warm feeling and excitement that comes with it. The appearance of this lady is quite surprising because the Indian population tends to believe that a dark appearance is not attractive in a human being but they beg to differ when it comes to this beautiful lady.[14]

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