The Filmfare Awards are a collection of awards given out in India’s Hindi-language film industry to recognize a creative and technical achievement. It is one of the most well-known cinema events in India. The awards were originally presented in 1954 by The Times Group’s Filmfare magazine, the same year as the National Film Awards. Originally known as the ‘Clare Awards’ or ‘The Clares,’ they were named after Clare Mendonca, the publisher of The Times of India.
In 1956, a dual voting method was devised. Unlike the National Film Awards, which are selected by a panel designated by the Indian government, the awards are decided by a public vote as well as a panel of experts.
A live event was televised to television audiences for several years in the 1990s, however, it was ultimately canceled for unclear reasons. Since 2001, SET has broadcast a taped and edited version of the awards event a week or two after it has taken place. Colors have been broadcasting the ceremony since 2018. The 65th Filmfare Awards were hosted in Sarusajai Stadium in Guwahati on February 16, 2020.
This award has been compared to the Academy Awards in the United States by many in the Hindi cinema industry. Until several other accolades bloomed in Mumbai in the mid-1990s, the awards were the dominant and most recognized awards in Bollywood. Since the 2000s, this has resulted in low viewership.
Filmfare offers versions for different Indian film sectors, such as Filmfare Awards South for South Indian cinema, Filmfare Marathi Awards for Marathi cinema, and Filmfare Awards East for eastern Indian cinema, in addition to the flagship event.
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