Filmfare Award for Best Director

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Filmfare Award for Best Director
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The 2019 recipient: Meghna Gulzar
Awarded forBest Director
Presented by Filmfare
First awarded Bimal Roy,
Do Bigha Zamin (1954)
Currently held by Meghna Gulzar,
Raazi (2019)
Website Filmfare Awards

The Filmfare Best Director Award is one of the main awards presented given by the annual Filmfare Awards to recognise directors working in the Hindi film Industry. It was first presented in 1954 in the inaugural year.

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. The term is a portmanteau of "Bombay" and "Hollywood". The industry is related to Tamil film industry (Kollywood), Telugu film industry (Tollywood) and other industries, making up Indian Cinema – the world's largest.



Yash Chopra holds the record of highest nominations (12) for this award Yash Chopra cropped.jpg
Yash Chopra holds the record of highest nominations (12) for this award
Most Awards Bimal Roy 7 awards1954–1964Awards resulted from 7 nominations
Most Nominations Yash Chopra 12 nominations1966–2005Nominations resulted in 4 awards
Most Nominations without a Win Mahesh Bhatt 6 nominations1984–1994

Bimal Roy has the record of winning most Awards 7 and distinction of winning the Award thrice in a row, on two separate occasions (1954–1956 and 1959–1961). He won the Award whenever he was nominated. Yash Chopra, Raj Kapoor and Sanjay Leela Bhansali have received the Award four times each. Yash Chopra received 12 nominations, while Raj Kapoor and Sanjay Leela Bhansali have received 6 nominations each. Mahesh Bhatt was nominated thrice in a row (1984–1986). However, he hasn't received any Award even after receiving 6 nominations. Also, no Director has ever won if one has been nominated twice in the same year – Gulzar in 1974, Basu Chatterjee in 1977 and Hrishikesh Mukherjee in 1980.

Bimal Roy Indian film director

Bimal Roy was a Bengali Indian film director. He is particularly noted for his realistic and socialistic films such as Do Bigha Zamin, Parineeta, Biraj Bahu, Madhumati, Sujata, Parakh and Bandini, making him an important director of Hindi cinema. Inspired by Italian neo-realistic cinema, he made Do Bigha Zamin after watching Vittorio De Sica's Bicycle Thieves (1948). His work is particularly known for his mise en scène which he employed to portray realism. He won a number of awards throughout his career, including eleven Filmfare Awards, two National Film Awards, and the International Prize of the Cannes Film Festival. Madhumati won 9 Filmfare Awards in 1958, a record held for 37 years.

Yash Chopra Indian film director, script writer and film producer

Yash Raj Chopra was an Indian director and film producer who worked in Hindi films. The founding chairman of the film production and distribution company Yash Raj Films, Chopra is the recipient of several awards, including six National Film Awards and 11 Filmfare Awards. He is considered among the best Indian filmmakers. For his contributions to film, the Government of India honoured him with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 2001, and the Padma Bhushan in 2005. British Academy of Film and Television Arts presented him with a lifetime membership, making him the first Indian to receive the honour.

Raj Kapoor Indian film actor, producer and director

Raj Kapoor was an Indian film actor, producer and director of Indian cinema. Born at Kapoor Haveli in Peshawar to actor Prithviraj Kapoor– he was a member of the Kapoor family which produced several Bollywood superstars.

Sai Paranjpye was the first of four women to have won this Award, the second being Zoya Akhtar, the third being Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari, and the fourth being Meghna Gulzar. Sai Paranjpye won it for Sparsh in 1985. Paranjpye had earlier been nominated for Chashme Buddoor in 1982. Zoya Akhtar won it for Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara in 2012. Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari won it for Bareilly Ki Barfi in 2018. And Meghna Gulzar won it in for Raazi in 2019, after previously being nominated in 2016 for Talvar. Other women Directors to have been nominated are Mira Nair for Salaam Bombay! in 1990, Farah Khan for Main Hoon Na in 2005 and for Om Shanti Om in 2008, and Gauri Shinde for English Vinglish .

Sai Parānjpye is an Indian movie director and screenwriter. She is the director of the award-winning movies Sparsh, Katha, Chasme Buddoor and Disha. She has written and directed many Marathi plays such as Jaswandi, Sakkhe Shejari, and Albel.

Zoya Akhtar Indian film director

Zoya Akhtar is an Indian film director and screenwriter. After completing a diploma in filmmaking from NYU, she assisted directors such as Mira Nair, Tony Gerber and Dev Benegal, before turning writer-director in her own right.

Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari filmmaker

Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari is an Indian filmmaker and writer. After working in advertising for several years, she made her debut by directing the 2016 comedy drama Nil Battey Sannata. The film garnered critical acclaim and Tiwari went on to direct its Tamil remake entitled Amma Kanakku. She had previously served as the Executive Creative Director at Leo Burnett before she moved on to pursue a filmmaking career. Tiwari won the Filmfare Award for Best Director for the 2017 comedy Bareilly Ki Barfi.

Rajkumar Santoshi remains the only Director to have won the Award for his first two films, Ghayal and Damini

Rajkumar Santoshi Indian film director

Rajkumar Santoshi is an Indian film director, producer and screenwriter of Hindi films.

<i>Ghayal</i> (1990 film) 1990 Indian Hindi action film directed by Rajkumar Santoshi

Ghayal is a 1990 Indian action drama film starring Sunny Deol and Meenakshi Seshadri. The film was produced by Dharmendra and directed by Rajkumar Santoshi in his directorial debut. The film won seven Filmfare Awards, including the Best Movie award. Ghayal clashed with Aamir Khan's Dil. Ghayal did very well at the box office; it was rated a "Super Hit." It was also the second highest grossing Bollywood film of 1990. Ghayal was remade in Tamil as Bharathan in 1992 with Vijaykanth and Bhanupriya in lead roles, in Telugu as Gamyam in 1998 with Srikanth and in Kannada as Vishwa with Shivarajkumar and Suchitra Krishnamurthy. Sunny Deol received the National Film Award- Special Jury Award.

<i>Damini</i> 1993 film by Rajkumar Santoshi

Damini – Lightning is a 1993 Indian crime drama film directed by Rajkumar Santoshi starring Meenakshi Seshadri in the title role alongside Sunny Deol, Rishi Kapoor, Amrish Puri, Tinu Anand, Paresh Rawal in pivotal roles and Aamir Khan in a special appearance. The story is of how a woman fights against society for justice. The film is considered to be one of the best woman-centric films ever made in Bollywood.

Nitesh Tiwari and Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari are the only married couple to win the award. Nitesh Tiwari won the award for Dangal in 2017 and Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari won the award for Bareilly Ki Barfi in 2018.

Nitesh Tiwari Indian film director

Nitesh Tiwari is an Indian film director, screenwriter, and lyricist known for his works in Bollywood. He made his directorial debut by co-directing Chillar Party (2011) which won the National Film Award for Best Children's Film for that year. He then directed the supernatural political drama Bhoothnath Returns (2014) which became a box office hit.

<i>Dangal</i> (film) 2016 Haryanvi film directed by Nitesh Tiwari

Dangal is a 2016 Indian Hindi-language biographical sports drama film, directed by Nitesh Tiwari and produced by Aamir Khan, under his studio Aamir Khan Productions with UTV Motion Pictures and Walt Disney Pictures India. The film is loosely based on the Phogat family, telling the story of Mahavir Singh Phogat, a pehlwani amateur wrestler, who trains his daughters Geeta Phogat and Babita Kumari to become India's first world-class female wrestlers. Aamir Khan stars as Mahavir Singh Phogat, while Fatima Sana Shaikh and Sanya Malhotra portray the adult versions of the two Phogat sisters, Zaira Wasim and Suhani Bhatnagar their younger versions, Sakshi Tanwar their mother, and Aparshakti Khurana their cousin.

<i>Bareilly Ki Barfi</i> 2017 film by Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari

Bareilly Ki Barfi is a 2017 Indian romantic comedy film, directed by Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari. The film stars Kriti Sanon, Ayushmann Khurrana and Rajkummar Rao. It was released worldwide on 18 August 2017. The film turned out to be both a critical and a commercial success at the box office. The story is based on the French novel The Ingredients of Love, written by Nicolas Barreau The film got eight nominations at the 63rd Filmfare Awards, including Best Film, Best Supporting Actress for Seema Pahwa and won Best Director for Tiwari and Best Supporting Actor for Rao. The movie completed 70 days in theater in most centres all over India.

Only once have two siblings been nominated in the same year; Zoya Akhtar and Farhan Akhtar in 2012.

Farhan Akhtar Indian director and actor

Farhan Akhtar is an Indian film director, screenwriter, actor, playback singer, producer, and television host. Born in Mumbai to screenwriters Javed Akhtar and Honey Irani, he grew up under the influence of the Hindi film industry. He began his career in Bollywood by working as an assistant director in Lamhe (1991) and Himalay Putra (1997).

Multiple nominations

The following Directors have received multiple Best Director nominations. The list is sorted by the number of total awards (with the number of total nominations listed in parentheses).

Winner and nominees

In the list below, the winner of the award for each year is shown first, followed by the other nominees. The films are listed by the years when the award was presented. The announcing of nominations became regular after 1959.








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