Filmfare Awards South
Current: 67th Filmfare Awards South
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The Bollywood Lady
Awarded forBest in Film and Music
Sponsored byMultiple
Presented byFilmfare
First awarded1963
Last awarded2022
Most awardsKamal Haasan
Most nominationsKamal Haasan
WebsiteFilmfare Awards South
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Filmfare Awards East

Filmfare Awards South is the South Indian segment of the annual Filmfare Awards, presented by the Filmfare magazine of The Times Group to honour both artistic and technical excellence of professionals in the Indian film industry encompassing four languages, namely, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada. They were introduced in 1954, around the films released in 1952-53 and Filmfare Awards[1] initially recognizing the Hindi film industry. In 1964 awards were extended in Tamil, Telugu, Bengali and Marathi, around the films released in 1963. The inclusion of the 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 Hyderabad and Chennai. Before 1976, the Awards ceremony was held in Mumbai along with Hindi awards. From 1976, Southern region film awards were separated from Hindi and moved to Chennai. Kamal Haasan and Uday Kiran hold the record for being the youngest to win the Best Actor award.


The awards were first given in 1953 and the ceremony used to be held along with Bollywood Filmfare Awards. The awards were being held in the Kalaivanar Arangam, Chennai in the early days.[2] Later the ceremony shifted to the distinctive Music Academy.

In 1953 initially recognizing the Hindi film industry. In 1963 Awards extended to Best Picture in Telugu, Tamil, Bengali & Marathi, for the awards and from 1966 Malayalam films were added.[2] Kannada films became a part of the event in 1969.[2] In 1972 the awards were extended to Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Director categories in all south Indian films.[3] The categories for Special Awards were introduced in the 1980s and Best Music Direction in 1990s. Lifetime Achievement Award – South was first given in 1983. Award for Best Male debut and Female debut were given irregularly during the same period. Categories for Best Male Playback Singing and Best Female Playback Singing were introduced in 1997. In 2002, awards for Best Supporting actors were given for Telugu and Tamil films. Since 2005, these awards were extended to the Malayalam and Kannada film industries. In the same year, additional categories such as Best Lyricist, Best Playback Singing were also introduced. Awards for Best Comedian were given from 2002 till 2006 and discontinued later.


The statuette, depicting a woman whose arms uprise in a dance number with her fingers touching, is commonly referred to as "Black Lady" (or "The Lady in Black"). Originally designed by N.G. Pansare under the supervision of The Times of India's art director Walter Langhammer, it is generally made of bronze, its height is 46.5 cm and it weighs around five kg.[4]

To celebrate the 25th year of the awards, the statues were made in silver and to celebrate the 50th year the statues were made in gold.[5]

The Red Carpet

The Red Carpet is a segment that takes place before the beginning of the actual ceremony.[6] This is where actors, actresses, producers, directors, singers, composers, and others that have contributed to Indian cinema are introduced. Hosts question the celebrities about upcoming performances and who they think deserves to take the Black Lady home.[7]


Superlative Artist Record
Most individual wins A. R. Rahman 17 awards
Most individual nominations Shreya Ghoshal 44 nominations
Most direction awards K. Viswanath, K. Balachander 8 awards
Most music direction awards A. R. Rahman 17 awards
Most acting awards – Male Kamal Haasan 16 awards
Most acting awards – Female Lakshmi, Manju Warrier 7 awards
Most playback singer awards – Male Karthik 6 awards
Most playback singer awards – Female Shreya Ghoshal 10 awards


Most Awards for a film

Film No. of Awards
Nuvvostanante Nenoddantana 9
Baahubali 2: The Conclusion
Soorarai Pottru

Most Awards for Best Director

Image Recipient No. of Awards
The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Information & Broadcasting, Shri Manish Tewari presenting the Limca Book of Record ‘People of the Year’2013 to Dr. K Vishwanath, at a function, in New Delhi on April 10.jpg
K. Viswanath 8
K Balachander.jpg
K. Balachander 8

Most Awards for Best Actor

Image Recipient No. of Awards
Kamal Haasan FICCI event.jpg
Kamal Haasan 16
Mammootty malayalam.jpg
Mammootty 12

Most Awards for Best Actress

Image Recipient No. of Awards
Lakshmi at Naan Suvasikkum Sivaji Book Launch.jpg
Lakshmi 7
Saritha 6
Revathi at the screening of Masaala at PVR Phoenix (1) (cropped).jpg
Actress vijayashanti.jpg
Manju Warrier in KLF 2018.jpg
Manju Warrier

Most Awards for Best Actor - Critics

Image Recipient No. of Awards
Karthi at 62nd Filmfare awards south (cropped).jpg
Karthi 2
Dulquer Salmaan at Zoya Factor Trailer Launch function (cropped).jpg
Dulquer Salmaan

Most Awards for Best Actress - Critics

Image Recipient No. of Awards
Sruthi Hariharan at Janapada Lokha.jpg
Sruthi Hariharan 2

Most Awards for Best Supporting Actor

Image Recipient No. of Awards
Jagapathi Babu at 62nd Filmfare awards south.jpg
Jagapathi Babu 4
Sai Kumar at IFFI-2010, in Panjim, Goa on November 27, 2010 (cropped).jpg
P. Sai Kumar 3
Achyuth Kumar

Most Awards for Best Supporting Actress

Image Recipient No. of Awards
Saranya Ponvannan at Saivam Audio Launch.jpg
Saranya Ponvannan 5
Ramya Krishnan.jpg
Ramya Krishnan 3

Most Awards for Music Direction

Image Recipient No. of Awards
A. R. Rahman.jpg
A. R. Rahman 17
Devi sri prasad.jpg
Devi Sri Prasad 9

Most Awards for Male Singer

Image Recipient No. of Awards
Karthi rev.JPG
Karthik 6
Vijay Yesudas 62nd Britannia Filmfare South Awards (cropped).jpg
Vijay Yesudas 5

Most Awards for Female Singer

Image Recipient No. of Awards
Shreya Ghoshal at Filmfare Awards South.jpg
Shreya Ghoshal 10
KS Chitra.jpg
K. S. Chithra 9

Award Categories

As of 2006, there are a total of 10 categories across each of the four film industries.

Creative awards

Tamil cinema

Telugu cinema

Malayalam cinema

Kannada cinema

Technical awards

Special awards

Retired awards



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  3. ^ Film world, Volume 9. T.M. Ramachandran. 1973.
  4. ^ Pinto, Jerry (April 1997). "Tangy titbits from the Filmfare past". Filmfare. Archived from the original on 5 July 1998. Retrieved 13 January 2012.
  5. ^ "A golden glow for Filmfare". The Hindu. PTI. 28 January 2005. Archived from the original on 2 March 2005. Retrieved 26 January 2011.
  6. ^ "66th Yamaha Fascino Filmfare Awards South 2019: These ladies scorched the red carpet in their stunning ensembles - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 13 July 2021.
  7. ^ "66th Yamaha Fascino Filmfare Awards South: Ravishing Divas on the Red Carpet (PHOTOS)". The Times of India. 21 December 2019. Retrieved 13 July 2021.
  8. ^ "Winners: 64th Jio Filmfare Awards 2017 (South)". Times of India. 19 June 2017.
  9. ^ Winners of the 63rd Britannia Filmfare Awards (South) Archived 2016-07-02 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ Filmfare Awards 2005
  11. ^ "38th Annual Filmfare Awards Winners South Tamil". 11 July 2021.
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