The black lady statue which is known as Filmfare today was initially referred as the Clare Awards or the Clares after Clare Mendonca, the editor of a media group. However, only 5 awards were presented in 1954. The categories were - Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actor (Female), and Best Music Director.

Since Filmfare is one of the most oldest awards in India, hence a lot of interesting facts are adhered with this. So, here we bring you the most interesting and lesser known facts about the 'Filmfare' award.


Many of us are unaware of the fact that 'the Nightingale' of India Lata Mangeshkar refused to accept her first Filmfare award. She relinquished because of the fact that the Filmfare statue was designed in the shape of a woman who was without clothes. The award was later wrapped up with a piece of dress for the Nightingale to accept.


In 1969, Sunil Dutt lost the best actor award against his dear friend Dilip Kumar. Later, Dutt organised a mega party to cherish his friend's victory, starting the trend of post award party.


Sanjay Leela Bansali's Black (2005)  won the most FilmFare awards in a single year with 11. Next in line are Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge and Devdas (2002) with 10 each.

 Most awards for playback singer was bagged by Kishore Kumar who won 8 awards. Next in line is Mohammed Rafi with 6 wins. Asha Bhosle and Alka Yagnik each have 7 awards for playback (female).


 Most awards for music direction belong to AR Rahman and Shankar-Jaikishan they each have 9 wins. AR Rahman also has 12 Filmfare Awards South awards for Best Music Direction (Tamil) of which he won for 9 straight years from 1993 to 2001.

Dilip Kumar was nominated 19 times for the best actor category out of which he won 8 awards which is still a record. Dilip Kumar and Shah Rukh Khan have won 8 best actor awards. Amitabh Bachchan has won 5 as the best actor and 3 in the best supporting actor category.


Surprisingly, the blockbuster in the history of Bollywood - Sholay, won only one Filmfare Award in 1975 and that too for best editing.

The trophies, now known as 'The Black Lady' are made of bronze and hence are quite heavy. During the 25th year of Filmfare Awards, the statue was made of silver. During the 50th year of its celebration, the trophy was made of gold. Few more changes have been made to the trophy to give it a 3-D look and feel.

 

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