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Cover of the June 2016 issue.
Editor Jitesh Pillai [1]
Frequency Bi-weekly
Circulation 140,000
Year founded 1952
First issue 7 March 1952[ citation needed ]
Company Worldwide Media
Country India
Based in Mumbai
Language English

Filmfare is an English-language, tabloid-sized magazine about Hindi-language cinema, popularly known as Bollywood. Established in 1952, the magazine is published by Worldwide Media, a subsidiary of The Times Group, India's largest media services conglomerate. [2] Filmfare is one of the most popular entertainment magazine in India.[ citation needed ] Since 1954, it gives popular film awards the annual Filmfare Awards, Filmfare Awards South and Filmfare Awards East.

A magazine is a publication, usually a periodical publication, which is printed or electronically published. Magazines are generally published on a regular schedule and contain a variety of content. They are generally financed by advertising, by a purchase price, by prepaid subscriptions, or a combination of the three.

Hindi language in India

Hindi, or Modern Standard Hindi is a standardised and Sanskritised register of the Hindustani language. Hindi, written in the Devanagari script, is one of the official languages of India, along with the English language. It is one of the 22 scheduled languages of the Republic of India. However, it is not the national language of India because no language was given such a status in the Indian constitution.

Bollywood Hindi language film industry

Hindi cinema, often metonymously referred to as Bollywood, and formerly known as Bombay cinema, is the Indian Hindi-language film industry, based in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. The term being a portmanteau of "Bombay" and "Hollywood". As India is a multi-lingual society with variety of languages spoken by its residents, multiple language films are churned out in their native languages by film industries such as Hindi-language film industry, Tamil film industry (Kollywood), Telugu film industry ('Tollywood') and others, together combined they form the massive Indian Cinema, the largest film industry in the world.



Launched in 1952 by The Times Group that published the newspaper The Times of India , [3] Filmfare came only a year after Screen was launched by The Indian Express . [4] Taking off from the image of The Times of India, Filmfare combined serious film journalism with glamour. It featured exposés of exploitation of junior artists, articles various aspects of filmmaking, and notable cinemas of the world, like Italian, Japanese and the German cinema. It also benefitted hugely from the extensive distribution network of the newspaper, and quickly gained popularity nationwide as an upmarket households. [5] [6]

The Times Group mass media conglomerate in India

Bennett Coleman and Company Limited, commonly known as The Times Group, is India’s largest media conglomerate, according to Financial Times as of March 2015. The Audit Bureau of Circulations reported in May 2014 that the Times of India had the largest circulation of any English-language newspaper in the world, with 3,321,702 average qualifying sales. The company remains a family-owned business as the descendants of Sahu Jain own a majority stake in The Times Group. The Times Group has over 11,000 employees and revenue exceeding $1.5 billion.

<i>The Times of India</i> Indian English-language daily newspaper

The Times of India (TOI) is an Indian English-language daily newspaper owned by The Times Group It is the third-largest newspaper in India by circulation and largest selling English-language daily in the world according to Audit Bureau of Circulations (India). It is the oldest English-language newspaper in India still in circulation, albeit under different names since its first edition published in 1838. It is also the second-oldest Indian newspaper still in circulation after the Bombay Samachar.

Screen was a weekly film magazine, published in India. Established in 1951, it was owned by The Indian Express publishing group. The magazine was acquired by Star group in 2015 and subsequently closed down. The brand name 'Screen' has been retained by the group as its digital entity. The magazines content focused on India's Hindi film industry, a.k.a. Bollywood, located mainly in Mumbai. It also had an e-magazine version.

In 1953, it further emboldened its place in the Indian film industry, when it established two motion picture awards. [6] First the Filmfare Awards for movies in Hindi, and the Filmfare Awards South for movies in the Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil, and Telugu languages both started in the same year. [7] The awards were based on Academy Awards, with a difference that the winners were decided by readers votes, thus known as "popular awards". [6] The annual Filmfare Awards ceremony, held in Mumbai, is one of the oldest and most prominent film events in India. [8] [9]

The Filmfare Awards, presented by The Times Group, are a set of awards that honour artistic and technical excellence in the Hindi-language film industry of India. The Filmfare ceremony is one of the oldest and most prestigious film events in India. The awards were first introduced in 1954, the same year as the National Film Awards. They were initially referred to as the "Clare Awards" or "The Clares" after Clare Mendonca, the editor of The Times of India. A dual voting system was developed in 1956. Under this system, in contrast to the National Film Awards, which are decided by a panel appointed by Indian Government, the Filmfare Awards are voted on by both the public and a committee of experts.

Filmfare Awards South

Filmfare Awards South is the South Indian segment of the annual Filmfare Awards, presented by The Times Group to honour both artistic and technical excellence of professionals in the South Indian film industry. The Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, and Kannada actors perform their talents on the stage. They were introduced in 1954, around the films released in 1953 and Filmfare Awards initially recognizing the Hindi film industries. In 1964 awards were extended to Best Picture in Tamil, Telugu, Bengali and Marathi, around the films released in 1963. The inclusion of Malayalam cinema in the awards came in 1967 while Kannada cinema was recognized in 1970. Each industry is given its own set of creative awards in annual ceremonies that have predominantly been held in Chennai and Hyderabad.

Kannada Dravidian language of India

Kannada is a Dravidian language spoken predominantly by Kannada people in India, mainly in the state of Karnataka, and by significant linguistic minorities in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Kerala and abroad. The language has roughly 43.7 million native speakers, who are called Kannadigas. Kannada is also spoken as a second and third language by over 12.9 million non-Kannada speakers living in Karnataka, which adds up to 56.6 million speakers. It is one of the scheduled languages of India and the official and administrative language of the state of Karnataka.

Filmfare Awards East for films from West Bengal, Odisha and Assam was started in 2014. [10] [11]

Filmfare Awards East is the East Indian segment of the annual Filmfare Awards, presented by The Times Group to honour the artistic and cinematic excellence in Bengali film industry, Assamese film industry and Odia film industry.The first installment of the awards were held for Bengali, Assamese and Odia films in a ceremony on 29 March 2014. The award ceremony was discontinued for 2015 and 2016, then again continued from 2017.

West Bengal State in Eastern India

West Bengal is an Indian state, located in eastern region of the country on the Bay of Bengal. With over 91 million inhabitants, it is India's fourth-most populous state. It has an area of 88,752 km2 (34,267 sq mi). A part of the ethno-linguistic Bengal region of the Indian subcontinent, it borders Bangladesh in the east, and Nepal and Bhutan in the north. It also borders the Indian states of Odisha, Jharkhand, Bihar, Sikkim, and Assam. The state capital is Kolkata (Calcutta), the seventh-largest city in India, and center of the third-largest metropolitan area in the country. As for geography, West Bengal includes the Darjeeling Himalayan hill region, the Ganges delta, the Rarh region, and the coastal Sundarbans. The main ethnic group are the Bengalis, with Bengali Hindus forming the demographic majority.

Odisha State in Eastern India

Odisha is one of the 29 states of India. Located in eastern India, it is surrounded by the states of West Bengal to the north-east, Jharkhand to the north, Chhattisgarh to the west and north-west, and Andhra Pradesh to the south. Odisha has 485 kilometres (301 mi) of coastline along the Bay of Bengal on its east, from Balasore to Ganjam. It is the 9th largest state by area, and the 11th largest by population. It is also the 3rd most populous state of India in terms of tribal population. Odia is the official and most widely spoken language, spoken by 36.6 million according to the 2016 Census.

In 2005 Filmfare and some other publications, most notably Femina, and Indian editions of Hello , Good Food, Top Gear , and Good Homes were split off into a subsidiary. The new ownership, Worldwide Media, is a 50:50 joint venture between The Times Group and BBC Magazines, the publishing division of BBC Worldwide. Thereafter in October 2011 Worldwide Media became a wholly owned subsidiary of Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd. (BCCL), the parent company of the Times Group. [12] [13] The Hindi language edition of Filmfare was launched in 2011. [13]

<i>Femina</i> (India) Indian magazine

Femina is an Indian magazine. It is owned by Worldwide Media, a 50:50 joint venture between BBC Worldwide and The Times Group.

Top Gear is an automobile magazine owned by BBC Worldwide and published under contract by Immediate Media Company. It is named after the BBC's Top Gear television show. It was first published in October 1993 and is published monthly at a price of £4.35. As of March 2019 there have been a total of 320 issues published in the UK.

A Joint Venture (JV) is a business entity created by two or more parties, generally characterized by shared ownership, shared returns and risks, and shared governance. Companies typically pursue joint ventures for one of four reasons: to access a new market, particularly emerging markets; to gain scale efficiencies by combining assets and operations; to share risk for major investments or projects; or to access skills and capabilities.

Regular segments

Masala Fix
Hindi film industry news; reports about the latest quarrels between actors; celebrity gossip and rumours.
Previews of upcoming films, and new actors to watch out for.
Fashion and Beauty
Stars are prominently branded "hot" or "not" depending on their fashion quota.
The Good Life
Lifestyles of the actors, their fitness routines.
Cover stories, short prose with an array of photos and interviews.
Your Say
Reader's reviews and mails. Box-Office collections.
Rapid Fire
Shatrughan Sinha answers questions asked by readers.

See also

The cinema of India consists of films produced in the nation of India. Cinema is immensely popular in India, with as many as 1,600 films produced in various languages every year. Indian cinema produces more films watched by more people than any other country; in 2011, over 3.5 billion tickets were sold across India, 900,000 more than Hollywood. Indian cinema is sometimes colloquially known as Indywood. Mumbai, Chennai and Hyderabad are the major centres of film production in India.

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