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Telugu Filmfare Awards

For the Filmfare Awards for Bollywood films, see Filmfare Awards.
Filmfare Awards South
60th Filmfare Awards South
File:Filmfare Awards South 2011.png
Awarded for Best in film
Country India
Presented by Filmfare
First awarded

Filmfare Awards South is the South Indian segment of the annual Filmfare Awards, presented by The Times Group to honour both artistic and technical excellence of professionals in the South Indian film industry. The awards are separately given for Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada films.

The awards were introduced in 1954 around the films released 1953, the same year as the National Film Awards. Initially they were referred to as the "Clare Awards", named after Clare Mendonca, the editor of The Times of India. Unlike the National Film Awards, which are decided by a panel appointed by Government of India, the Filmfare Awards South are voted for by both the public and a committee of experts. The Filmfare Awards have been often referred to as Indian film industry's equivalent to the Oscars.[1]


The awards were first given in 1954 and the ceremony used to be held at the Kalaivanar Arangam, Chennai.[2] Later the ceremony shifted to the distinctive Music Academy. In 1954 initially only Tamil and Telugu films were considered for the awards and from 1966 Malayalam films were added.[2] Kannada films became a part of the event in 1969.[2] In 1972 the awards were extended to Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Director categories in all south Indian films.[3] Categories for Special Awards were introduced in the 1980s and Best Music Direction in 1990s. Lifetime Achievement Award - South was first given in 1992. 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 Tamil and Telugu 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 discontinued later.

Filmfare statuette

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"). Originally designed by N.G. Phansare 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 five kg.[4] 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.[5]


As of 2011, there are a total of 10 categories across each of the four film industries.

Creative awards

List of frequent winners
Artist Wins Nominations
Kamal Haasan
17 21

K. Balachander

12 12
A. R. Rahman
13 18
K. Viswanath
11 11
11 11
10 10
10 11
9 9
9 12
Shreya Ghoshal
7 25

Tamil cinema

Telugu cinema

Malayalam cinema

Kannada cinema

Technical awards

Special awards

Retired awards


Most awards to a single film

Most directing awards

Most acting awards – Male

Most acting awards – Female

Most awards for music composition

Most playback awards – Male

Most playback awards – Female

Consecutive and Most wins

Nine times

  • A. R. Rahman: (1992–2000)

Six times

  • Kamal Haasan: (1974–78)

Five times

Four times

Three times


See also

  • Cinema Express Awards


External links

  • Official website
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