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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.
Pradeep
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.
Pradeep
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.
Pradeep
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.
Pradeep
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.
Pradeep
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.
Pradeep
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!"
Pradeep
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).
Pradeep
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.
Pradeep
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?
Pradeep
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.
Pradeep
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.
Pradeep
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.
Pradeep
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.

Pradeep
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.
Pradeep
Year 1969

Honesty stays

As honest as it gets: When ace comedian I S Johar was called on stage to present an award, he complained that Filmfare had done him "unendurable justice" by never giving him an award though his family considered him the best comedian in the world. And that we were adding insult to injury by asking him to present the trophy to a "totally unknown actor called Johnny Walker"!

Shammi Kapoor struck gold with the Best Actor trophy—his only one—for Brahmachari. He won the Best Supporting Actor trophy years later in 1982 for Vidhaata and finally, the Lifetime Achievement Award in 1994.

Waheeda Rehman returned to claim her second Best Actress trophy, for Neel Kamal and Simi Garewal did a repeat performance too, with her second Best Supporting Actress trophy for Saathi. The Best Supporting Actor trophy was taken home by Sanjeev Kumar for Shikar. The Best Screenplay Award was instituted this year, with Nabendu Ghosh bagging it for his adaptation of Sarat Chandra's Majhli Didi. And to top it all, there was the beautiful-as-a-dream Hema Malini performing a dramatic Mohini Attam.
Pradeep
The Sizzling 70s

Year 1970

Cabaret and Ray

Glitzy costumes, racy music, thunder thighs, drum rolls... no, it wasn't an item number, just cabaret making its debut on the filmfare stage. However dancer-actress Padma Khanna’s sizzling number, choreographed by Gopi Krishna, didn't go down too well with the audience. The applause alas, was ekdum thanda.

The taaliyan were much louder when Chief Guest Satyajit Ray handed protégée Sharmila Tagore her first Best Actress Award (Aradhana). Sharmila was happily pregnant (with Saif) and husband Mansur Ali Khan was there too, cheering her on.
Incidentally, it took years of pursuing Satyajit Ray to get him to the event. When he finally relented, he admitted, "One of the reasons why I was reluctant to conic was that I would feel out of my depth on such a star-studded occasion as this."

Another first this year was yodelling king Kishore Kumar's trophy for Best Male Playback Singer (Roop tera mastana in Aradhana). Bade bhaiyya Ashok Kumar was thrilled because he'd won the Best Actor Award (Aashirwad) as well. Meanwhile, Yash chopra collected his second Best Director trophy for Ittefaq, though the Best Film went to Shakti Samanta's Aradhana.

And there was one farewell speech. The Filmfare trophy bid an adieu of sorts to Lata Mangeshkar, who won for Aap mujhe achche (Jeene Ki Raah) and decided to opt out of the awards race to make way for new talent.
Pradeep
Year 1971

Bole to, Shatru

The quip-a-minute duo of Shatrughan Sinha and Asrani compered the show since Filmfare regular David was ill. When producer-director Devendra Goel told Shatru, "I've just seen your work in Chetna and liked it very much. I am going to offer you a film soon," the actor shot back, "Thank you for the announcement."

The singing honours went to Meena Kumari, who sang a ghazal, but the acting trophies went to Rajesh Khanna who collected his first for Sachcha Jhutha along with spice queen Mumtaz, who won her first and only acting trophy for her tawaif act in Khilona. (She also won the Lifetime Achievement Award in 1996.)

These were the early days of the parallel cinema and Filmfare recognised the movement by instituting the Critics' Award for Best Film. Director Mani Kaul's experimentative Uski Rod was the (bread) winner.
Pradeep
Year 1972

The Bachchans open a joint account

The crowds were huge and the pressure for invitations so severe (some things don't change!) that funnyman I S Johar admitted: "The Filmfare Awards function has become a sort of a status symbol."

This was a memorable year for oh-so-many reasons. Hrishikesh Mukherjee's unforgettable Anand glittered through the evening. It got Rajesh Khanna his second consecutive Best Actor Award. But a lanky young actor stood up to the reigning superstar with a smouldering performance that got him the first of his many Filmfare trophies. As Amitabh Bachchan took home the Best Supporting Actor Award for Anand, Jaya Bhaduri also won her first trophy—a special one—for her turn in Uphaar. The couple that wins together stays together!

Anand also earned Gulzar his first trophy, that for Best Dialogue. It swept up the Best Film Award for Hrishikesh Mukherjee and N C Sippy too, but the Best Director trophy went to Hrishida's good friend Raj Kapoor for his most ambitious venture, the semi-autobiographical Mera Naam Joker. The movie bombed at the box office, so the trophy offered some consolation to the great showman.

The Kapoor family was in full form this year— Prithviraj Kapoor won a Special Award which grandson Rishi Kapoor accepted on his behalf.
Pradeep
Year 1973

Win, win, Hema

It was a tough year to be a judge. There was Kamal Amrohi's glittering Pakeezah, Ramesh Sippy's breezy Seeta Aur Geeta, Dev Anand's intoxicating Hare Rama Hare Krishna and Manoj Kumar's Be-Imaan.

Hema Seeta-Geeta Malini it was who bagged the Best Actress trophy (her first, for presented to her by Amitabh Bachchan). Zeenat Aman won her first and only Best Supporting Acting trophy, for her third film, Hare Rama Hare Krishna.

However, Be-Imaan proved to be a surprise winner, bagging seven trophies in all, including the Best Film, Best Director (for producer-director Sohanlal Kanwar) and Best Actor trophies for Manoj Kumar. Manoj also won the Best Editor Award for Shor, incidentally.
Pradeep
Year 1974

Jodi No 1

There was so much drama on the stage and off it that the audience didn't know where to look. For one, Simi Garewal's plunging neckline and Zeenat Aman's backless dress created much hungama. Then there were three recently married ultra-glam star couple in focus—Jaya Bhaduri-Amitabh Bachchan, Dimple Kapadia-Rajesh Khanna and Raakhee-Gulzar. What's more, they all won awards, too!

For the first time, there was a tie for the Best Actress category—the judges couldn't refuse Jaya for Abhimaan or Dimple for Bobby. There was another departure from tradition—this year the judges renamed the Best Supporting category making it An Outstanding Performance In A Parallel Role. The awards went to Amitabh for Namak Haram and Raakhee for Daag. The judges observed that their roles were as important as Rajesh Khanna and Sharmila Tagore's. Incidentally, 1976 was the only other year in which the supporting role became the parallel role. Gulzar took home the Best Dialogue trophy for Namak Haraam, Rajesh Khanna bagged a Special Award for his role in Anuraag.

The other scene stealer was Raj Kapoor's popcorn romance Bobby, which got 12 nominations and went on to win five awards. Rishi Kapoor bagged the Best Actor Award. The other awards were Allauddin (Best Sound Recordist), A Rangaraj (Best Art Director) and Narendra Chanchal (Best Playback Singer).

And, oh yes, there was also this film called Zanjeer. Neither Amitabh nor Jaya got any awards for it, but another legendary couple, Salim-Javed, expectedly won the Best Story and Best Screenplay Awards for their work.
Pradeep
Year 1975

A time for tears

"It's like having a baby in one's old age," quipped Kalyanji-Anandji to host David. They'd won their first Filmfare Award, for Kora Kagaz, in a long career of 20 years.

Jaya Bachchan wasn't pregnant but was overcome by emotion all the same and burst into tears when Hrishikesh Mukherjee presented her the Best Actress Award for Kora Kagaz.

Who was pregnant was Dimple (with her second child). She and husband Rajesh Khanna created a stir when they arrived and Rajesh received his third Best Actor trophy (Aavishkar) to an even bigger uproar.

Vinod Khanna won his first and only Best Supporting Actor award for Haath Ki Safai. (His next one was for Lifetime Achievement in 1999.) Other couples were Salim and Javed with their wives, Salma and Honey Irani. Zeenat Aman, sexy and single, was really hot this year—she running a 101-degree fever!
Pradeep
Year 1976

Surprise, surprise!

It was a rocking year with movies like Aandhi, Amanush, Deewaar, Julie, Jai Santoshi Maa, Khushboo, Sanyasi, Julie and Sholay in the race.

Deewaar won seven trophies—Best Film (Gulshan Rai), Best Director (Yash Chopra), Best Actor In A Parallel Role (Shashi Kapoor), Best Story, Screenplay and Dialogue (Salim-Javed), and Best Sound (M A Shaikh). Amitabh Bachchan was nominated for Best Actor in Deewaar but did not win and got the loudest applause when he sportingly handed over the trophy to Sanjeev Kumar for Aandhi.

There were other piquant presenters. Rakesh Roshan handed over the Best Music Director trophy (Julie) to younger brother Rajesh. Helen gave away the Best Dialogue Award to Salim while Shabana Azmi presented Javed the Best story award. Just a coincidence, of course.

It was also a year of surprise winners. Suchitra Sen (Aandhi) and Jaya Bhaduri (Mili) were nominated for Best Actress but Lakshmi (Julie) walked away with the trophy.

And then, Sholay was nominated in nine popular categories—Film, Director, Actor (Sanjeev Kumar), Supporting Actor (Amjad Khan), Comedian (Asrani), Story (Salim-Javed), Music Director (R D Burman), Lyricist (Anand Bakshi-Mehbooba) and Playback Singer (R D Burman-Mehbooba)—but only won a Technical Award for Best Editor. Ouch!
Pradeep
Year 1977

Kabhi Kabhie Khushi

'24th Filmfare Awards Night: We survived the emergency axe' said the headline. And guess who presided over the function—Atal Behari Vajpayee! His speech got him a standing ovation from the audience.

A tribute was paid to Mukesh who died the previous year on August 27, 1976. His son Nitin Mukesh sang the award-winning Kabhi kabhie mere dil mein on stage and also accepted his late father's Filmfare Award (for Kabhi Kabhie) from Raj Kapoor.

Incidentally, Kabhi Kabhie won four trophies in all—Best Music Director for Khayyam, Best Lyrics for Sahir Ludhianvi, Best Singer for Mukesh and Best Dialogue Writer for Sagar Sarhadi.

Raakhee and Sanjeev Kumar walked away with the top acting honours. She won her first Filmfare Award for Tapasya and he got his second Best Actor trophy in a row, for Arjun Pandit.

Meanwhile Gulzar collected his fourth trophy, Best Director for Mausam.
Pradeep
Year 1978

Shaadi Ke Baad

After two Supporting Actor trophies, Amitabh Bachchan finally won the Best Actor trophy for Amar Akbar Anthony to thunderous applause from the audience. Director Manmohan Desai handed Amitabh the trophy on stage. Wife Jaya didn't look in top spirits, but hey, it was only because she had just recovered from jaundice.

Two freshly-wed couples were the centre of attention this year. Vinod Mehra postponed his honeymoon to be there with his one-day-old wife Meena. But Kamal Haasan and Vani Ganapathy outdid them—they came straight from their wedding reception!
Pradeep
Year 1979

Enough, says Asha

After much persuasion, Simi Garewal agreed to compere the show. And whaddya know, her elegant turn was as big a hit as her figure-hugging black gown.

Best Actress Nutan glittered too, in a strapless white gown and a soft fur stole wrapped around her slender shoulders. She won the award for Main Tulsi Tere Aangan Ki.
Amitabh Bachchan looked dapper as he collected his Best Actor trophy (his second) for his double role in Don.

Seven-time winner Asha Bhosle (Yeh mera dil — Don), following Didi's footsteps, announced her retirement from the Filmfare Awards.

Laxmikant-PyarelaPs tally was just one less than Ashatoi's. They won their sixth Filmfare Award for Best Music in Sargam. They'd won earlier for Dosti, Milan, Jeene Ki Raah, Amar Akbar Anthony and Satyam Shivam Sundaram.
Pradeep
The Offbeat '80s

This was the decade of reality bytes. Of Shabana Azmi, Smita Patil and Naseeruddin Shah and the glory years of art films

Year 1980

It's her evening!

Put this one down to the Kapoor style. "It's nice to be like this together, like one family, meeting once a vear." Shammi Kapoor sighed in 1980. That khandanni quote sums up the spirit in which the stars assemble every year for the Filmfare Awards.

There's competition, yes, but loads of togetherness and apnapan that binds the fraternity. Shammiji had reason to celebrate this year. Brother Shashi Kapoor's off-the-track drama Junoon bagged six awards—Best Film, Best Director, Best Cinematographer, Best Sound Recordist, Best Editor and Best Dialogue. Jennifer Kapoor grabbed attention in her off-shoulder blouse, headband and beads. (Shashi Kapoor stuck to a traditional suit and bow tie.)

Asha Sachdev's plunging neckline caused a flutter too, but hottie Zeenat Aman preferred a sober white salwar suit with her hair in Bo-Derek like curls. Rekha and Zarina Wahab stayed loyal to their southern silks.

Best Actress Java Bachchan (Nauker) arrived to a loud cheer from the crowd. Husband Amitabh decided to let her hog the limelight and even declined to step on stage that year. "It's her evening!" he explained. But then, relented to give the trophy to Jennifer Kapoor.

Vinod Mehra, after his unfortunate separation from wife Meena, came hand-in-hand with Bindiya Goswami, going public with their relationship.

Best Comedian nominee Deven Verrna declared, "Like Lataji and Ashaji, I retired in favour of up-and-coming newcomers and sure enough. Utpal Dutt got it for Golmaal." The laugh riot also got Amol Palekar the Best Actor award.
Pradeep
Year 1981

When rapist turned presenter

The tears mingled with smiles this year. Nargis was deeply missed when chief guest Sunil Dull arrived with their children Sanjay, Namrata and Priya. But life goes on... And who better than Kishore Kumar to get things going? Kishorer, who was scheduled to perform two songs, ended up giving an hour-long performance, with brother Ashok Kumar and son Amit joining in the fun, too. What's more, in an emotional moment, Kishorerda decided to sing one of Mohammed Rafi’s songs instead of his award-winning Hazaar rahein (Thodisi Bewafai). Haan, haan, he brought the house down.

In contrast was the fresh-off-the-rack Deewane pair of Nazia and Zoheb Hassan. singing Aap Jaisa Koi. First-time Best Actress winner Rekha (Khubsoorat) and Best Director Govind Nihalani (Aakrosh) were both away in the US and missed their big day. Hrishikesh Mukherjee, the director, who made it possible for Rekha and also won the Best Film Award, accepted Rekha's trophy on her behalf. Best Actor Naseeruddin Shah (Aakrosh) brought along his mother and fiance Ratna Pathak to share his big day. One scene that raised smiles all around was when Padmini Kolhapure received the Best Supporting Actress trophy (Insaaf Ka Tarazu) from her on-screen rapist Raj Babbar!
Pradeep
Year 1982

Chakra View

There was big-time applause when Rekha gave first-time Best Actress Smita Patil (Chakra) her trophy and an affectionate kiss on her cheek. 'Cos Rekha was nominated for Umrao Jaan herself! Sporting, na?

Incidentally, Naseeruddin Shah got the Best Actor award for Chakra too.
Best Supporting Actor Amjad Khan (Yaarana) brought the house down when asked how he played the horribly wicked villain and the good man with equal ease. "When I play the good man, I am acting, when I play villain, I am myself!" he laughed.
An audio-visual homage was paid to David, Filmfare's long-time compere, who had passed away.

This year, Poonam Dhillon turned compere. Padmini Kolhapure, singer and Deepti Naval, dancer for the evening. Padmini did a great job of singing Yeh galiyan, yeh chaubara (Prem Rog) on stage. Deepti Naval rehearsed continuously for 10 days and was still at it just before going on stage. As for Poonam Dhillon, she almost didn't make it because she was shooting in Manali and the flight timings simply weren't working out. No problem— Ramanand Sagar's production unit shifted base to Kashmir so that she could make it.
Pradeep
Year 1983

Pancham intended

It was celebration mixed with nostalgia as the Filmfare Awards completed 30 years. An audio-visual of the Filmfare journey captured the mood perfectly.

To begin at the beginning, Sarika, scheduled to conduct the foyer interviews, came late because her car broke down en route. She hastily hailed a cab and managed to make it in time, looking stunning in a white skirt and blouse teamed with tribal jewellery.

Hema Malini was not that lucky, though. Hema. who had gone to Chennai the previous night, flew back in the morning so that she could attend the event. But alas, had to cancel out when baby Esha came down with chicken pox.

The competition in the Best Film category was stiff this year. Showman Raj Kapoor finally beat B R Chopra (Nikaah), Ramesh Sippy (Shakti), Sagar Sarhadi (Bazaar) and Subhash Ghai (Vldhaata) to win his third Best Director trophy for Prem Rog, his love story with a message. Son Randhir Kapoor good-humouredly cribbed that he had to miss out on his prime drinking time in the evening because he had to be there to clap for his father!

The Best Actor tussle turned out to be a Dilip Kumar vs Amitabh Rachchan one. Amitabh lost out despite three nominations—for Shakti, Namak Halaal and Bemisal. The other two films nominated, Shakti and Vidhaata, had Dilip saab. The thespian won for the former.

R D Burman, who picked up his first Filmfare trophy for the musical caper Sanam Teri Kasam. started the show with his 70-piece orchestra. Panchamda and Best Playback Singer Kishore Kumar brought the house down with some memorable numbers—Chingari koi bhadke, Sanam teri kasam, Ye dosti hum nahin and Jaana o meri jaana.

Another pair of friends, Salim Khan and Javed Akhtar, who took home the Best Screenplay Award for Shakti, had recently gone their separate ways. However, when Salim spotted an anxious Javed in the foyer, he called out. "Javed saab!" and they shook hands. Ye dosti hum nahin...
Pradeep
Year 1984

Chumma de de

It was the year of offbeat cinema. Despite commercial blockbusters like Betaab and Artaar in the line for the top awards, Ardh Satya (Best Film, Best Director), Arth (Best Actress) and Masoom (Best Actor) bagged all the big ones.

Best Actress Shabana Azmi had four nominations—Arth, Avtaar, Masoom and Mandi. There was only one other nominee in the category—Sridevi, for her child-act in Sadma. Best Actor Naseeruddin Shah (Masoom) was not too far behind. He was nominated in the Best Supporting Actor category for both Katha and Mandi.

Gulzar was another of Masoom's beneficiaries— he picked up his eighth trophy with his lyrics for the evocative Tujhse naraaz nahin. Keeping Gulzar company was R D Burman, who got the Best Music Award for his lilting score for the same movie.

Asha Bhosle presented him the trophy and it was a true Kodak moment when he kissed her on stage after receiving it. R D celebrated with another magical jugalbandi with the irrepressible Kishore Kumar. Oh. what a lucky audience.
Pradeep
Year 1985

The angry young woman

She didn't attend a Film/are Awards event for all of 23 years... in fact, ever since she entered the industry. Not because she didn't want to; it was just that Aruna Irani had vowed to herself that she would attend only when she won an award. When she finally won the Best Supporting Actress Award for Pet Pyaar Aur Paap and held the trophy in her hands, she admitted, "It was shocking that for more than two decades I wasn't considered worthy of even one award. The last two-three years, I had even given up thinking about it. So when some relatives called to congratulate me. I didn't believe them. I was happy and angry at the same time; angry that it came so late and happy that I'd won!"

Anupam Kher, happily, had no such angst—he took home a Best Actor Award with his debut performance in Sanransh. The film also won the Best Story trophy for Mahesh Bhatt and Best Art Director Award for Madhukar Shinde.

Offbeat cinema scored again with Sparsh, a sensitive love story of a blind man and a widow, which won the Best Film Award for Basu Bhattacharya and Best Director trophy for Sai Paranjpe. Sai also won the Best Dialogue Award for the movie. In addition, Prakash Jha won the Critics' Award for Best Film for his hard-hitting Damul.

Bappi Lahiri, who won the Best Music Director Award for Sharaabi, conducted an orchestra on stage and Best Singer Kishore Kumar joined him on stage with De de pyaar (Sharaabi) and his award-winning Manzilein apnijagah. There was another singer that evening—Best Supporting Actor Anil Kapoor (Mashaal) who tested his vocal chords and floored the audience with a song from Saaheb.
Pradeep
Year 1987

Saagar Kinare

The winners for the year 1985 were announced in 1986 and the event was scheduled to be held at the Brabourne Stadium in December '86. Unfortunately the Bombay film industry went on strike in '86 because of its many contentious issues with the Maharashtra Government. So the ceremony was pushed to the next year.
So D-day arrived for the winners of 1985 on 28 January, 1987.

There was definitely one worried soul that year. Kishore Kumar called up before the function to ask, "Are you going to make me sing? Each time you announce an award for me, you make me sing at least six songs before you give me my trophy!" Helpfully, Kishoreda also asked, "What time is the function— I want to be there on time, on the dot." 8.30 pm, he was told. "Fine, I'll be there by 10!" he promised. Don't smile, he was there on the dot of 10 pm.

The one who got away was Amitabh Bachchan, who had promised to come, but could not because he had to air-dash to Delhi (those were his political days). But he requested wife Java to make it. She did, and handed over the Best Film (Ram Ten Gunga Maili) trophy to Randhir Kapoor.

Chief guest Dilip Kumar quipped in his opening speech that he had a hard time deciding what to wear. After all, he was to present a trophy to none less than Raj Kapoor.

Rajji’s protégée Dimple Kapadia, in her comeback year, won the Best Actress Award for Saagar. Dimple was quite a nervous wreck before going on stage—would she be able to carry the heavy trophy, she worried. Her fears were unfounded—she even raised it triumphantly.

Best Actor Kamal Haasan (Saagar) couldn't make it for the big day because it was his daughter Shruti's first birthday. He sent a telegram with great regret though.
Due to unavoidable reasons, the Awards event was not held in 1988 and 1989, so there were no awards given out for 1986 and 1987.
cyberbond
Great ones. Excellent collection
deep750
Have attached the data for all teh filmfare nominees/awards until today (2004), which I have collected and put into one file...

plz note me if any flaws are found

deep
tracknest
Who is the favorite actor for this FF
usha
It was very interesting going through all the information about the filmfare awards ,especially the post 80's after which,it has become more noise and less substance................until now ..
Thanks a lot Pradeep for all the information, it is worth all the effort u have put in.
shabbirkumar786
QUOTE(Pradeep @ Aug 9 2004, 09:19 PM) *

The Sizzling 70s

Year 1970

Cabaret and Ray

Glitzy costumes, racy music, thunder thighs, drum rolls... no, it wasn't an item number, just cabaret making its debut on the filmfare stage. However dancer-actress Padma Khanna’s sizzling number, choreographed by Gopi Krishna, didn't go down too well with the audience. The applause alas, was ekdum thanda.

The taaliyan were much louder when Chief Guest Satyajit Ray handed protégée Sharmila Tagore her first Best Actress Award (Aradhana). Sharmila was happily pregnant (with Saif) and husband Mansur Ali Khan was there too, cheering her on.
Incidentally, it took years of pursuing Satyajit Ray to get him to the event. When he finally relented, he admitted, "One of the reasons why I was reluctant to conic was that I would feel out of my depth on such a star-studded occasion as this."

Another first this year was yodelling king Kishore Kumar's trophy for Best Male Playback Singer (Roop tera mastana in Aradhana). Bade bhaiyya Ashok Kumar was thrilled because he'd won the Best Actor Award (Aashirwad) as well. Meanwhile, Yash chopra collected his second Best Director trophy for Ittefaq, though the Best Film went to Shakti Samanta's Aradhana.

And there was one farewell speech. The Filmfare trophy bid an adieu of sorts to Lata Mangeshkar, who won for Aap mujhe achche (Jeene Ki Raah) and decided to opt out of the awards race to make way for new talent.







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jassi
can we have information abt 90s awards(not awards/nominees),but just abt stage performances etc

now a days one can easily judge who gonna win..i think kajol will get this year's award..
actresses from yash productions,zohar films and sanjay leela bhansali are getting awards..and only top actresses.. not so top like shilpa shetty(she was deserving for phir milenge)..or tabu for chandni bar..or urmila for pinjar or bhoot...
lipgloss
Wonderful scans man! cant wait to see more!
RAKESHJOSHI
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