Filmfare Awards: Annual Award Ceremony For Indian Cinema


The Filmfare Awards are yearly awards that recognize artistic and technical achievements in India's Hindi-language film industry. The Filmfare ceremony is one of India's most well-known cinema events. The Times Group's Filmfare magazine originally presented the awards in 1954, the same year as the National Film Awards. Originally known as the Clare Awards or The Clares, they were named after Clare Mendonca, the editor of The Times of India.

In 1956, a split voting system was created. The Filmfare Awards are decided upon by the general public and an expert panel under this system, in contrast to the National Film Awards, which are chosen by a committee chosen by the Indian Government. In the past and under the current rules, the ceremony has been sponsored by several private organizations. Several years in the 1990s, a live ceremony was televised to television audiences. However, it was later canceled for unknown reasons.

Since 2001, SET has broadcast and edited taped versions of the awards show a week or two after it took place. The ceremony has been broadcast on Colors since 2018. The 65th Filmfare Awards ceremony occurred on February 16, 2020, at Guwahati's Sarusajai Stadium.

The Filmfare Awards have frequently been compared to the American Academy Awards for the Hindi cinema industry. Filmfare Awards were the most prestigious and well-known honors in Bollywood until the middle of the 1990s when several other awards began to appear in Mumbai. Since the 2000s, this has resulted in low viewership.

Along with the main event, Filmfare also hosts sub-events for other Indian film industries, including Filmfare Awards East for eastern Indian cinema, Filmfare Awards South for south Indian cinema, and Filmfare Marathi Awards for Marathi cinema.

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Event Name

Filmfare Awards

Organized By


Country Of Origin


Started On

March 21st, 1954


Sony Entertainment Television (2000-2017), Colors TV ( Present)



filmfare awards history originIn 1954, the Filmfare awards were first presented. The award ceremony was initially referred to as The Clares after Clare Mendonca, a critic for The Times of India. Over 20,000 readers from all over India participated in the polls that determined the winners, and those who received the most votes received trophies. Only five awards were given out at the inaugural ceremony, which took place on March 21, 1954, at Mumbai's Metro Theatre: Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Music Director.

The first film to receive the Best Film award was Do Bigha Zameen. The first winners in the 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. In 2017, the Filmfare Awards added a category for short films, and the jury included Vidya Balan and Gauri Shinde. Khamakha received the People's Choice Award for Best Short Film. Awards were also given to short films such as Chutney, Matitali Kusti, and Taandav.

Hollywood actor Gregory Peck was invited to attend the inaugural awards ceremony on March 21, 1954, at the Metro Theatre in Mumbai but was unable to attend due to a delayed aircraft from Colombo. Peck did, however, attend the reception that followed the award ceremony at Mumbai's Wellington Club (Gymkhana).

Statue/ Trophy

filmfare awards historyThe sculpture, which depicts a woman with her arms outstretched in a dance number and her fingers touching, is known colloquially as The Black Lady or The Lady in Black. N.G. Pansare created its original design under the guidance of Walter Langhammer, the Times of India's art director. It is typically made of bronze, is 46.5 cm in height, and weighs about 5 kg. The statues were made in silver to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the awards and in gold to mark the 50th anniversary.

The Award Gallery has been producing the Filmfare trophy since 2000. The trophy had undergone very little alteration before 2012. But as of 2013, a significant alteration was done to give the trophy a 3-D appearance. For this alteration, there were two justifications stated.

First, according to the organizers, keeping up with the numerous technological advancements that have already occurred and will undoubtedly occur in the ensuing years was essential. This was also an attempt to adhere to the 2013 Filmfare in Mumbai award set's theme, A hundred years jump into the future.

Popular Awards


Year Of Origin

Best Film


Best Director


Best Actor


Best Actress


Best Supporting Actor


Best Supporting Actress


Best Male Debut


Best Female Debut


Best Debut Director


Best Music Director


Best Lyricist


Best Male Playback Singer


Best Female Playback Singer


Best Film (Critics)


Best Actor (Critics)


Best Actress (Critics)


Best Story


Best Screenplay


Best Dialogue


Best Action


Best Art Direction


Best Background Score


Best Cinematography


Best Editing


Best Choreography


Best Sound Design


Best Special Effects


Best Costume Design


Lifetime Achievement


RD Burman Award for New Music Talent


Special Performance Award


The Red Carpet Event

red carpet event at filmfare

Before the official ceremony starts, there is a part called The Red Carpet. Here, individuals who have contributed to Indian cinema, such as actors, actresses, producers, directors, singers, composers, and others, are introduced. 

The hosts question the celebs about future performances and who they believe should win the Black Lady. The Red Carpet Event is studded with Bollywood's profound stars like Shah Rukh Khan, Kriti Sanon, Ranveer Singh, Vicky Kaushal, Alia Bhatt, Salman Khan, etc.


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Frequently Asked Questions

Filmfare Awards was started on the 21st of March, 1954.
Filmfare magazine from Time’s Group introduced Filmfare Awards.
Filmfare Awards has been aired on Colors TV since 2018.
Filmfare Awards is available online on Sony Liv.
Shershaa won the best film award at Filmfare Awards 2022.
Nutun has won the most Filmfare awards.
Dilip Kumar and Shah Rukh Khan have won the most Filmfare Awards.
Amitabh Bachchan has the most number of Filmfare Awards nominations, with 33 nominations.
Subash Ghai won the Lifetime Achievement Award at Filmfare Awards 2022.
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