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post Aug 4 2004, 09:41 PM
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Found this lovely articles on filmfare. The articles contain rich images from the past awards. Since I cannot create the virtual feel here, I've got these articles scanned into PDF format.

The text part I am pasting it on the forum, so that we can look it up later during search.

Starting from the 50s... going for Gold.

Next year, the Filmfare Awards will celebrate 50 years of history and drama, winners and legends. We kick off the countdown to 2005 with a decade-by-decade look at the ballad of the black lady.

Year 1954

'The whole purpose of the Filmfare Awards project is to make the public nationally conscious of, and interested in, the indigenous film industry. It is imperative that the picture-going public be helped to realise the Indian Film Industry's tremendous national significance. At the same time, the Film Industry itself must be made aware of its public, which stands as ultimate judge over its products.' Thus was announced the entry of the beauteous black lady on March 21, 1954. Amazing how true the words ring even today, in a vastly different context of globalisation and the film industry having obtained industry status. The acknowledgement of the power of the public vote, of course, remains the cornerstone of the Filmfare Awards.

The first ladies

The first event began with just five awards: Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Song. The winners? Bimal Roy bagged the first two trophies for Do Bigha Zameen, then came Dilip Kumar for Daag, Meena Kumari for Baiju Bawra and Naushad for Tu ganga ki mauj in Baiju Bawra.

Compering notes

Star performances have always been the highlight of the Filmfare Awards. There were seven that year—Vyjayanthimala, Mohammed Rafi, Talat Mehmood, Kamini Kaushal, Nalini Jaywant, Satyavati and Geeta Roy (who later became Geeta Dutt when she married Guru Dutt).

And the compere for the evening was the incomparable David who continued to do so for many years. From 1954's David to 2004's Shah Rukh Khan and Saif Ali Khan, humour rules!

Reader reaction

Fittingly, the first ceremony was held in a movie hall—Mumbai's Metro cinema (oh, for those smallis- beautiful days).

The awards were chosen on the basis of a popular poll conducted by the magazine. Four Filmfare readers, picked by a lucky draw from among those who participated in the poll, came up on stage to present the trophies to the winners.


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Year 1955

A perfect 10

The trophy tally went up to 10 with five new categories added—Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best
Best Sound and Best Photography.

The Story, winners were David for Boot Polish, Usha Kiron for Baadban, Pandit Mukhram Sharma for Aulad, Ishan
Ghosh for Jeevan Jyoti and Tara Dutt for Boot Polish respectively.

Meena Kumari and Bimal Roy scored doubles with their second Filmfare awards, with Parineeta getting them the Best Actress and Best Director trophies.

And, we're told, the first winner Naushad went backstage to congratulate his fellow music director S D Burman, who won the Best Music Award for Jaaye to jaaye kahan (Taxi Driver). Alas, there was no camera around to capture that photo-op.

Better never than late

Way before TV happened, the Filmfare Awards went multi-media with the ceremony recorded for the Lipton Hour programme of Radio Ceylon. The commentator was a certain Mr Balraj Dutt, who you might recognise by his better-known name, Sunil Dutt.

The chief guest was the then-Chief Minister of Maharashtra Morarji Desai, known to be a stickler for rules. Not surprisingly, three items by Asha Bhosle, Sitara Devi and the Travancore Sisters (Lalitha, Ragini and Padmini) had to be dropped from the programme because the event overshot its time deadline.

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Year 1956

Hats off to Bimalda

Bimal Roy created history by winning the Best Director trophy (Biraj Bahu) for the third consecutive year. His directorial hatremained unmatched till he himself scored trick another with Madhumati (1958), Sujata (1959) and Parakh (I960). No other director has got a hat-trick ever since.

Two more categories were added—Best Art Direction (Rusi Banker for Mirza Ghalib) and Best Film Editing (Hrishikesh Mukherjee for Naukri) taking the total to a neat dozen.

An interesting sidelight: Nargis sat in the audience along with Raj Kapoor and his wife Krishna.

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Year 1957

No, she said

Vyjayantimala made history in 1957—by refusing an award! It was the Best Supporting Actress trophy for Devdas and
she sniffed, "Mine wasn't a supporting role!" Motilal had his own take on the matter: "Most people seem to have the idea that a supporting role is something unimportant and not worth bothering about. Supporting, my foot!" He had reason to harrumph: he played the role of Chunilal in Devdas. But he accepted his trophy for Best Supporting Actor anyway. Devdas bagged another trophy too— Dilip Kumar for Best Actor.

The best of the rest

But it was Jhanak Jhanak Payal Baaje which walked away with four awards for V Shantaram, Best Film and Best Director V Shantaram, Best Art Direction Kanu Desai and Best Sound Recording A K Parmar.

Two legends opened their Filmfare accounts this year: Nutan with a Best Actress trophy for her brilliant performance in Seema and Shankar-Jaikishen who were adjudged Best Music Directors for Chori Chori.

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Year 1958

Dilipsaab to the four

Mother India stormed its way through the evening with five awards: Best Film, Best Director (Mehboob Khan), Best Actress (Nargis), Best Cinematographer (Faredoon Irani) and Best Sound Recordist (Kaushik).

Dilip Kumar stemmed the tide by not only winning his fourth Best Actor Award but also scoring a hattrick by winning it for the third consecutive year. After Daag (1954) came the winning streak of Azaad (1956), Devdas (1957) and Naya Daur (1958). One more unmatched feat.

Incidentally, Naya Daur also got 0 P Nayyar his first Music Director Award.

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Year 1959

Sweeping success

It was the year of Madhumati. The Bimal Roy classic took home nine awards in all: Best Film and Best Director (Bimal Roy), Best Supporting Actor (Johnny Walker), Best Music Director (Salil Chowdhury), Best Playback Singer (Lata Mangeshkar for Aaja re pardesi), Best Dialogue Writer (Rajinder Singh Bedi), Best Cinematographer (Dilip Gupta), Best Editor (Hrishikesh Mukherjee) and Best Art Director (Sudhendu Roy).

Oh, what an evening

There were three new categories this year, bringing the count to 15. The new entrants were Best Playback Singer, Best Lyrics (Shailendra for Yeh mera deewanapan in Yahudi) and Best Dialogue Writer.

Vyjayantimala, the female lead in Madhumati, got a Best Actress nomination for it, but won for Sadhana. She made her peace with the awards by happily accepting her trophy and also presented a brilliant Bharata Natyam recital at the show.

This year also saw Dev Anand winning his first Best Actor trophy for another classic, Kala Paani.

To add to the magic, Lata Mangeshkar sang the hauntingly beautiful Aaja re pardesi. Oh, what an evening.

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Swinging into the 60s

More trophies, more celebrations and a whole new galaxy of stars. Of course, success was never complete without the Filmfare trophy

You wicked, wicked girl!

The decade kicked off with two memorable awards: Raj Kapoor's first (Best Actor for Anari) and Nutan's second (Best Actress for Sujata). Nutan's younger sister Tanuja, who was studying in Switzerland, flew in specially for the function.

Guru Butt's immortal Kaagaz Ke Phool won two trophies—Best Cinematography (V K Murthy) and Best Art Direction (M R Achrekar). The statuettes were among the few flashes of success the movie enjoyed when it released. It failed miserably at the box office, sending Guru Dutt into a vortex of depression.

The highlight of the evening: Vyjayantimala created a stir by singing two songs—Aa bhijaa raat dhalne lagi, specially written by Shailendra and composed by Shankar-Jaikishen, and Bol re kathputli from Kathputli. So much so that Dilip Kumar remarked, "You wicked, wicked girl—springing such a surprise on us. In fact, it was more than a surprise, it was a pleasant shock!"


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Year 1961

Mughal-e-Azam:

Yes to film, No to director

The President of India, Dr Rajendra Prasad, was welcomed to the eighth Filmfare Awards by a glamorous bunch of actresses that included Sadhana and Asha Parekh. Music directors Shankar-Jaikishen coordinated a 60-piece orchestra on stage for the occasion.

It was a year of some surprises. Mughal-e-Azam won the Best Film Award but didn't fetch K Asif the Best Director trophy (it went to Bimal Roy for Parakh). The film picked up only two more awards: Best Cinematography Award for R D Mathur, and Best Dialogue, shared by four writers— Amanulah Khan, Wajahat Mirza, Ehsaan Rizvi and Kamal Amrohi. Incidentally, Kamal Amrohi had just started shooting with wife Meena Kumari for his extravaganza Pakeezah (it released only in 1972).

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Year 1962

Ice cream and chandelier earrings

Ashok Kumar, who'd recently received the Padma Shri, was given a Special Filmfare for outstanding contribution. Told about it, Dadamoni got so excited that he called for an ice cream. His explanation: "When you're heated up, ice cream is the handiest thing to restore you to normalcy."

Two other award winners who could have used a bit of that ice cream were Vyjayantimala and Nirupa Roy, who found themselves on stage in identical pink saris and chandelier earrings!

Other moments: Mehmood took the stage for an uproarious comic interlude, Johnny Walker delighted the audience by mimicking a madari. Asha Parekh performed three dance numbers spread over three parts of the evening—a Rajasthani dance, a colourful dhoban dance and a classical number.

On the awards front, Ganga Jumna won three trophies—Best Actress for Vyjayantimala, Best Dialogue for Wajahat Mirza and Best Cinematography for V Babasaheb. Raj Kapoor won two awards, for Best Actor and Best Picture, for Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti Hai.

However, the Best Director Award went to B R Chopra for his racy direction in the courtroom thriller Kanoon.

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Year 1963

Helen sizzles, Meena Kumari recites

"Was it a good show?" Filmfare asked Ashok Kumar at the end of it all. "It was not a good show. It was a grand show," he replied beaming.

To indulge in some name-dropping, among the guests this year were Dilip Kumar, Raj Kapoor, Rajendra Kumar, Shashi Kapoor, Vyjayantimala, Waheeda Rehman, Nutan, Sadhana, Simi Garewal, Saira Banu, Balraj Sahni, Rehman, Raaj Kumar, Dharmendra, Geeta Bali... you get the picture. Southern megastar Sivaji Ganesan also attended.

It was the year of Saheb Bibi Aur Ghulam, which won four awards: Best Film (Guru Dutt), Best Director (Abrar Alvi), Best Actress (Meena Kumari), and Best Cinematography (V K Murthy).

The Best Actor trophy went to Ashok Kumar for his 100th film Rakhi won him the Best Actor Award, while Shashikala took home her second Best Supporting Actress Award in a row, for Gumrah (the earlier one being for Aarti).

The performances: Helen dazzled in her first stage appearance. Johnny Walker did his inimitable take-off on a drunkard. Meena Kumari recited a popular poem—not hers, but one written by poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz. Ashok Kumar sang a few lines of his own songs.

And finally, Dilip Kumar congratulated the award winners and said there was no use wasting breath in disputing the fact that while the technique of film-making in India had advanced greatly, the content of our films had yet to improve. Sounds familiar, huh?

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Year 1964

Jaya he!

She was described as 'the up-and-coming dancer-actress' in Filmfare, and she performed a Bharata Natyam dance on stage to much applause. The lady in question: Jayalalitha, then in the early stages of her career. In another first, Sunil Dutt bagged a statuette for his fiery performance in Mujhe Jeene Do.

At the other end of the spectrum was Bimal Roy, who bagged the Best Film and the Best Direction Awards for his classic, Bandini, taking his total count to nine!

Departing from the usual practice of dignitaries presenting trophies, stars presented the awards to their colleagues this time. So Rajendra Kumar handed over the trophy to Best Actress Nutan, Meena Kumari to Best Actor Sunil Dutt, Guru Dutt to Best Director Bimal Roy and Dilip Kumar to Bimal Roy.

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Year 1965

Veterans and newcomers

Eight finalists of the Filmfare-United Producers Talent Contest were presented to the audience. Among the discoveries were a certain Farida Jalal, Rajesh Khanna, Subhash Ghai and three-year-old Baby Sarika!

Meanwhile, Rajshri Films' runaway hit Dosti, featuring newcomers, bagged six awards— Best Film (Tarachand Barjatya), Best Story (Ban Bhatt), Best Dialogue (Govind Moonis), Best Music (Laxmikant-Pyarelal), Best Lyrics (Majrooh Sultanpuri) and Best Singer (Mohammed Rafi).

Others who shone were Dilip Kumar (Best Actor for Leader) and Vyjayantimala, who picked up her third Best Actress Award for Sangam. Sadhana sang Raat ko baagh mein from her forthcoming film Anita.

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Year 1966

Ek do teen char

Yash Chopra opened his Filmfare account with his path-breaking multi-starrer Waqt, which had the lethal combination of big stars, the lost-and-found formula, love, hate and melodrama.

Other luminaries were old hands at the game. Meena Kumari won her fourth Best Actress Award for Kaajal. Lata Mangeshkar picked up her third trophy for Tumhi mere mandir from Khandan. (Her earlier successes were Aaja re in Madhumati and Kahin deep jale kahin dil in Bees Saal Baad.)

Sunil Butt's experimental Yaadein—in which he performed a solo act—didn't score but his role in Khandan did, getting him his second Best Actor trophy. While Chetan Anand won a Special Award for his war drama Haqeeqat.

Filmfare's dependable David skipped this one year as host, but stayed in the reckoning with a Special Award for old times' sake.

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Year 1967

Yours, mine and ours

Producer-director Ramanand Sagar took a long look at the flood-lit Shanmukhananda Hall and the glamorous audience and declared: "Like a Madras film, the Filmfare show overwhelms you with its sheer lavishness. Anyway, this function no longer belongs to Filmfare. It belongs to the entire film industry."

It was a memorable evening for many reasons.
  • Guide swept the awards: Best Director for Vijay Anand (his first), Best Film and Best Actor for Dev Anand, Best Actress for Waheeda Rehman (her first), Best Dialogue for Vijay Anand, Best Story for R K Narayan and Best Cinematography for Fali Mistry. Whew!
  • Who else but Mehmood could win the newly-instituted Best Comedian trophy? Pyar Kiye Jaa got it for him.
  • Fresh young actress-dancer Hema Malini wowed 'em with two Bharata Natyam items.
  • Rajesh Khanna and Sonia Salmi presented a skit.
  • It was Nutan's turn to sing, with a melody from Laat Saheb.
  • Meena Kumari sportingly attended the function despite a fracture on her left hand, complete with bandage and sling. She even went on stage to hand over the Best Actress trophy to Waheeda Rehman.
  • Raj Kapoor made a family appearance with wife Krishna and sons Randhir and Rishi.
Now you know why Ramanand Sagar was overwhelmed.


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Year 1968

Let's party!

Sunil Dutt set off a tradition by throwing an impromptu party for the winners of Filmfare Awards that year. The guests responded with gusto, we're told. There was plenty to celebrate.

Manoj Kumar won three awards for Upkar—for Direction, Story and Dialogue. He bent down to touch Raj Kapoor's feet when he collected his Best Director trophy.

For Best Actress Nutan (Milan), it was a doubly special day—June 4 was her birthday too.

As Saira Banu handed over the Best Actor trophy to husband Dilip Kumar, David egged the thespian to kiss his wife, but alas, Dilipsaab didn't.

Sanjeev Kumar, who performed and attended a Filmfare function for the first time, said, "1 hope to attend next year, not just to do an item but to get something too." He did exactly that the next year. (See below)

The Best Playback Singing awards were divided into male and female. Asha Bhosle bagged her first trophy for Garibon ki suno in Dus Lakh while Mahendra Kapoor won it for Neele gagan ke tale in Humraaz.

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