Filmfare Award for Best Actress

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Filmfare Award for Best Actress
Alia Bhatt.jpg
The 2019 recipient: Alia Bhatt
Awarded forBest Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
Presented by Filmfare
First awarded Meena Kumari,
Baiju Bawra (1954)
Currently held by Alia Bhatt,
Raazi (2019)
Website Filmfare Awards

The Filmfare Award for Best Actress is given by Filmfare as part of its annual Filmfare Awards for Hindi films, to recognise a female actor who has delivered an outstanding performance in a leading role. The award was first given in 1954 for the films released in preceding year 1953. [1]

<i>Filmfare</i> Indian magazine specialized in Bollywood

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. Filmfare is one of the most popular entertainment magazine in India. Since 1954, it gives popular film awards the annual Filmfare Awards, Filmfare Awards South and Filmfare Awards East.

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.

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 originates as a portmanteau of "Bombay" and "Hollywood". The Hindi-language film industry is related to Tamil film industry (Kollywood), Telugu film industry (Tollywood) and others industries, which combined are components of Indian Cinema, the largest film industry in the world.



Actress with most awards Nutan, Kajol 5
Actress with most nominations Madhuri Dixit 14
Actress with all nominations in a single year Meena Kumari (1963)3
Actress with most nominations in a single year Shabana Azmi (1984)4
Actress with most consecutive year nominationsMadhuri Dixit (1989-1996)10
Actress with most nominations without ever winning Tabu 6
eldest winner Nutan 42
eldest nominee Sharmila Tagore 61
Youngest winner Dimple Kapadia (1973)16
Youngest nominee Dimple Kapadia (1973)16
Nutan Indian actress

Nutan Bahl, better known as Nutan, was an Indian film actress. In a career spanning nearly four decades, she appeared in more than 70 Hindi films, many in starring roles. Regarded as one of the finest female actors in the history of Indian cinema, Nutan was noted for playing unconventional parts and her performances often received praise and accolades. Nutan holds the record of five wins of the Best Actress award at Filmfare, which was held only by her for over 30 years until it was matched by her niece Kajol in 2011. In 1974, she was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India.

Kajol Indian film actress

Kajol, also known by her married name Kajol Devgan, is an Indian film actress, who predominantly works in Hindi cinema. Born in Bombay to the Mukherjee-Samarth family, she is the daughter of actress Tanuja Samarth and filmmaker Shomu Mukherjee. She is the recipient of numerous accolades, including six Filmfare Awards, and alongside her aunt Nutan, she holds the record for most Best Actress wins at the ceremony, with five. In 2011, the Government of India awarded her with the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian honour of the country. Kajol is considered as one of the highly successful and highest paid actress of indian cinema having global fan following.

Meena Kumari Indian actress and poet

Meena Kumari was an Indian film actress, singer and poet under the pseudonym Naaz, who starred in classic films of Hindi Cinema. Popularly known as The Tragedy Queen, Chinese Doll and Female Guru Dutt, she is often remembered as Cinderella of Indian films. She was active between 1939-1972.

Multiple nominees

Madhuri Dixit Indian actress

Madhuri Dixit, also known by her married name Madhuri Dixit Nene, is an Indian actress, producer, and television personality. One of the most popular and highest-paid Hindi film actresses in the late 1980s and 1990s, she has been praised by critics for her acting and dancing skills. She is the recipient of numerous accolades, including six Filmfare Awards. In 2008, the Government of India awarded her with the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian honour of the country.

Hema Malini Indian actress, dancer and politician

Hema Malini is an Indian actress, writer, director, producer, dancer and politician. In 1962, she made her acting debut in the Tamil film Ithu Sathiyam. Malini first acted in a main role in Sapno Ka Saudagar (1968), and went on to feature in numerous Bollywood films, primarily as the lead actress. In most of her films, she starred opposite her husband Dharmendra and with Rajesh Khanna and Dev Anand. Malini was initially promoted as the "Dream Girl", and in 1977 starred in a film of the same name. She has played both comic and dramatic roles, as well as being a dancer. She has appeared in more than 150 films.

Aishwarya Rai Indian actress

Aishwarya Rai, also known by her married name Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, is an Indian actress, model and the winner of the Miss World 1994 pageant. Through her successful acting career, she has established herself as one of the most popular and influential celebrities in India. Rai has received numerous accolades, including two Filmfare Awards from eleven nominations, and she was honoured with the Padma Shri by the Government of India in 2009 and the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the Government of France in 2012. She has often been cited in the media as "the most beautiful woman in the world".

Multiple winners

Vidya Balan Indian film actress

Vidya Balan is an Indian actress. Known for pioneering a change in the concept of a Hindi film heroine with her portrayals of strong-willed women, she is the recipient of several awards, including a National Film Award, six Filmfare Awards, and six Screen Awards. She was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India in 2014.

Jaya Bachchan Indian politician and actress

Jaya Bachchan born on 9 April 1948 is an Indian film actress and politician. She is currently the Member of Parliament in Rajya Sabha from the Samajwadi Party, notably serving four terms since 2004. She is recognised as one of the finest Hindi film actresses of her time, particularly known for reinforcing a naturalistic style of acting in both mainstream and "middle-of-the-road" cinema. During her career, she won nine Filmfare Awards: including three for Best Actress and three for Best Supporting Actress, which makes her the overall most-awarded performer in the female acting categories, along with Nutan. She was awarded the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007. In 1992, she was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India.

Shabana Azmi Indian actress and politician

Shabana Azmi is an Indian actress of film, television and theatre. The daughter of poet Kaifi Azmi and stage actress Shaukat Azmi, she is an alumna of Film and Television Institute of India of Pune. Azmi made her film debut in 1974 and soon became one of the leading actresses of Parallel Cinema, a new-wave movement known for its serious content and neo-realism and received government patronage during the times. Regarded as one of the finest actresses in India, Azmi's performances in films in a variety of genres have generally earned her praise and awards, which include a record of five wins of the National Film Award for Best Actress and several international honours. She has also received five Filmfare Awards, and was honored among "women in cinema" at the 30th International Film Festival of India. In 1988, the Government of India awarded her with Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian honour of the country.

Waheeda Rehman Indian actress

Waheeda Rehman is an Indian actress who has appeared in mainly Hindi films, as well as Telugu, Tamil and Bengali films. She is noted for her contributions to different genres of films from the 1950s, 1960s and early 1970s. She has received the Centenary Award for Indian Film Personality, the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award, the National Film Award for Best Actress and two Filmfare Awards for Best Actress throughout her career. She has been cited as Bollywood's "most beautiful" actress by various media outlets, a title for which she has received substantial publicity.

Winners and nominees

Table key
Double-dagger-14-plain.pngIndicates the winner
Meena Kumari Double-dagger-14-plain.pngGauri Baiju Bawra
No Other Nominee
Meena Kumari Double-dagger-14-plain.pngLalita Parineeta
No Other Nominee
Kamini Kaushal Double-dagger-14-plain.pngBiraj Chakravarty Biraj Bahu
Meena Kumari Shobha Azaad
Geeta Bali Kamala Vachan
Nutan Double-dagger-14-plain.pngGauri Seema
No Other Nominee
Nargis Double-dagger-14-plain.pngRadha Mother India
No Other Nominee
Vyjayanthimala Double-dagger-14-plain.pngChampabai / Rajani Sadhna
Meena Kumari Leela Sahara
Vyjayanthimala Madhumati Madhumati
Nutan Double-dagger-14-plain.pngSujata Sujata
Meena Kumari Ratna Chirag Kahan Roshni Kahan
Mala Sinha Meena Khosla Dhool Ka Phool
Bina Rai Double-dagger-14-plain.pngParvati / Jamuna Ghunghat
Madhubala Anarkali Mughal E Azam
Nutan Shanti Chhalia
Vyjayanthimala Double-dagger-14-plain.pngDhanno Gunga Jumna
Saira Banu Rajkumari "Raj" Junglee
Padmini Kammo Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti Hai
Meena Kumari Double-dagger-14-plain.pngChhoti Bahu Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam
Meena Kumari Aarti Gupta Aarti
Gayetri Devi Main Chup Rahungi
Nutan Double-dagger-14-plain.pngKalyani Bandini
Meena Kumari Sita Dil Ek Mandir
Mala Sinha Padma Bahurani
Vyjayanthimala Double-dagger-14-plain.pngRadha Khanna Sangam
Mala Sinha Jahanara Begum Sahib Jahan Ara
Sadhna Sandhya Woh Kaun Thi?
Meena Kumari Double-dagger-14-plain.pngMadhavi Kaajal
Mala Sinha Phulwa Himalay Ki God Mein
Sadhana Meena Mittal Waqt
Waheeda Rehman Double-dagger-14-plain.pngRosie Marco Guide
Meena Kumari Shanti Phool Aur Patthar
Suchitra Sen Devyani (Pannabai) / Suparna Mamta
Nutan Double-dagger-14-plain.pngRadha R. Rai Milan
Waheeda Rehman Anjana Ram Aur Shyam
Saira Banu Poonam Shagird
Waheeda Rehman Double-dagger-14-plain.pngRajkumari Neel Kamal / Sita Raichand Neel Kamal
Nargis Mrs. Varuna Verma / Peggy Raat Aur Din
Saira Banu Kamini Gupta Diwana
Sharmila Tagore Double-dagger-14-plain.pngVandana Tripathi Aradhana
Asha Parekh Asha Chibber Chirag
Nanda Rekha Ittefaq
Mumtaz Double-dagger-14-plain.pngChand Khilona
Waheeda Rehman Radha Khamoshi
Sharmila Tagore Mrs. Neela Shekhar Kapoor Safar
Asha Parekh Double-dagger-14-plain.pngMadhavi (Madhu) Kati Patang
Jaya Bachchan Kusum (Guddi) Guddi
Meenu Uphaar
Hema Malini Double-dagger-14-plain.pngSeeta/Geeta Seeta Aur Geeta
Meena Kumari (posthumous)Nargis/Sahibjaan Pakeezah
Rakhee Parvati Aankhon Aankhon Mein
Jaya Bachchan Double-dagger-14-plain.pngUma Kumar Abhimaan
Dimple Kapadia Double-dagger-14-plain.pngBobby J. Braganza Bobby
Nutan Mahjubhi Saudagar
Moushumi Chatterjee Shivani Anuraag
Jaya Bachchan Aarti Mathur Koshish
Jaya Bachchan Double-dagger-14-plain.pngArchana Gupta Kora Kagaz
Saira Banu Lalita Sagina
Hema Malini Sunita (Soni) Amir Garib
Lata Prem Nagar
Shabana Azmi Laxmi Ankur
Lakshmi Double-dagger-14-plain.pngJulie Julie
Suchitra Sen Aarti Devi Aandhi
Hema Malini Kusum Khushboo
Champa Sanyasi
Jaya Bachchan Mili Khanna Mili
Rakhee Double-dagger-14-plain.pngIndrani (Indu) Sinha Tapasya
Sharmila Tagore Chanda Thapa/Kajli Thapa Mausam
Rakhee Pooja Khanna Kabhie Kabhie
Hema Malini Ratna/Jhumri Mehbooba
Reena Roy Nagin Nagin
Shabana Azmi Double-dagger-14-plain.pngSaudamini (Mini) Swami
Rakhee Nisha Doosra Aadmi
Hema Malini Aarti Sanyal Kinara
Smita Patil Usha (Urvashi) Dalvi Bhumika
Zarina Wahab Chhaya Gharonda
Nutan Double-dagger-14-plain.pngSanjukta Chouhan Main Tulsi Tere Aangan Ki
Rakhee Mrs. Aarti Gupta Trishna
Rekha Aarti Chandra Ghar
Zeenat Aman Rupa Satyam Shivam Sundaram
Ranjeeta Kaur Lily Fernandes Ankhiyon Ke Jharokhon Se
Jaya Bachchan Double-dagger-14-plain.pngGeeta Nauker
Hema Malini Meera Meera
Jaya Prada Hema Pradhan Sargam
Poonam Dhillon Noorie Nabi Noorie
Rakhee Gulzar Rama Sharma Sargam
Rekha Double-dagger-14-plain.pngManju Dayal Khubsoorat
Shabana Azmi Nima Chaudhary Thodisi Bewafaii
Reena Roy Asha Asha
Zeenat Aman Bharti Saxena Insaaf Ka Tarazu
Rekha Gauri Singh Verma Judaai
Smita Patil Double-dagger-14-plain.pngAmma Chakra
Hema Malini Asha Naseeb
Rakhee Gulzar Sharda Balraj Kohli Baseraa
Rati Agnihotri Sapna Ek Duuje Ke Liye
Jaya Bachchan Shobha Malhotra Silsila
Rekha Gauri Singh Verma Umrao Jaan
Padmini Kolhapure Double-dagger-14-plain.pngManorama "Rama" Prem Rog
Smita Patil Najma Bazaar
Rakhee Gulzar Sheetal Kumar Shakti
Salma Agha Niloufer Bano / Habiba Shabhnam Rehmani Nikaah
Rekha Sangeeta Shrivastav Jeevan Dhaara
Shabana Azmi Double-dagger-14-plain.pngMrs. Pooja Inder Malhotra Arth
Sridevi Nehalata Sharma Sadma
Shabana Azmi Radha Kishen Avtaar
Indu D. Malhotra Masoom
Rukmini Bai Mandi
Shabana Azmi Double-dagger-14-plain.pngBhavna Saxena Bhavna
Smita Patil Rajni V. Deshmukh Aaj Ki Awaaz
Shabana Azmi Kavita Sparsh
Jaya Prada Meena Sharaabi
Rohini Hattangadi Parvati Pradhan Saaransh
Dimple Kapadia Double-dagger-14-plain.pngMona D'Silva Saagar
Mandakini Ganga Singh Ram Teri Ganga Maili
Jaya Prada Yashoda / Asha Sanjog
Rati Agnihotri Sultana Tawaif
Padmini Kolhapure Preeti B. Pratap Pyaar Jhukta Nahin
Rekha Double-dagger-14-plain.pngAarti Verma / Jyoti Khoon Bhari Maang
Madhuri Dixit Mohini Tezaab
Juhi Chawla Rashmi Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak
Sridevi Double-dagger-14-plain.pngAnju Das / Manju Das ChaalBaaz
Sridevi Chandni Mathur Chandni
Madhuri Dixit Lakshmi M. Rao Prem Pratigyaa
Bhagyashree Suman Maine Pyaar Kiya
Vijayshanti Lalita Eeshwar
Madhuri Dixit Double-dagger-14-plain.pngMadhu Mehra Dil
Hema Malini Taku Rihaee
Juhi Chawla Shanti Pratibandh
Meenakshi Seshadri Meena S. Verma Jurm
Sridevi Double-dagger-14-plain.pngPallavi / Pooja Bhatnagar Lamhe
Dimple Kapadia Reva Lekin...
Madhuri Dixit Pooja Saxena Saajan
Rekha Namrata Singh Phool Bane Angaray
Zeba Bakhtiar Henna Henna
Madhuri Dixit Double-dagger-14-plain.pngSaraswati Beta
Sridevi Benazir / Mehndi Khuda Gawah
Juhi Chawla Radha / Rita Bol Radha Bol
Juhi Chawla Double-dagger-14-plain.pngVaijanti Iyer Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke
Dimple Kapadia Shanichari Rudaali
Sridevi Roshni Chadha Gumrah
Madhuri Dixit Gangotri "Ganga" Singh Khalnayak
Meenakshi Seshadri Damini Gupta Damini
Madhuri Dixit Double-dagger-14-plain.pngNisha Chaudhary Hum Aapke Hain Koun..!
Sridevi Sheetal Jaitley Laadla
Kajol Sapna Banerjee Yeh Dillagi
Manisha Koirala Rajeshwari "Rajjo" Pathak 1942: A Love Story
Madhuri Dixit Shivani Chopra Anjaam
Kajol Double-dagger-14-plain.pngSimran Singh Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge
Madhuri Dixit Madhu Garewal Raja
Lalita Yaarana
Manisha Koirala Kiran Kumar Akele Hum Akele Tum
Urmila Matondkar Mili Joshi Rangeela
Karisma Kapoor Double-dagger-14-plain.pngAarti Sehgal Raja Hindustani
Manisha Koirala Annie J. Braganza Khamoshi: The Musical
Tabu Virender "Veeru" Kaur Maachis
Juhi Chawla Priya Bhatia Daraar
Seema Biswas Phoolan Devi Bandit Queen
Madhuri Dixit Double-dagger-14-plain.pngPooja Dil Toh Pagal Hai
Sridevi Kaajal Verma Judaai
Tabu Gehna Virasat
Juhi Chawla Seema Kapoor Yes Boss
Mahima Chaudhry Kusum Ganga Pardes
Kajol Double-dagger-14-plain.pngAnjali Sharma Kuch Kuch Hota Hai
Manisha Koirala Moina alias Meghna Dil Se...
Urmila Matondkar Vidya Satya
Kajol Sonia / Naina Saigal Dushman
Sanjana Pyaar To Hona Hi Tha


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