Filmfare Best Actress Award: History

Note: This article was first published on March 10 2009.

Filmfare Best Actress Awards, over the years, has been awarded to the extremely talented and beautiful leading ladies of the Hindi Film Industry, who entertained and ruled millions of hearts with their onscreen grace and histrionics.

Although the industry currently lacks a complete performer – looks, dancing skills, grace, acting talent, superstardom – of the 90s like say of a Madhuri Dixit or a Sridevi.. There is some serious talent that is coming through. Established stars like Katrina Kaif, Vidya Balan, Priyanka Chopra and Kareena Kapoor are ruling the roost, while veterans like Kajol and Rani Mukherjee are still capable of delivering award worthy performances. The likes of Asin, Deepika Padukone, Anushka Sharma, Parineeti Chopra and others are the stars to look out to in the future.are potential superstars of the future.

As we look forward to a more competition in this particular category, here’s the list of the Filmfare Best Actress record holders!

  • The legendary Nutun occupies the top spot with 5 Filmfare black ladies. Seema (1957), Sujata (1960), Bandini (1964), Milan (1968).
  • Its a tie at the second spot with 3 legendary leading ladies each with 4 Filmfare awards. Meena Kumari for Baiju Bawra (1954), Parineeta (1955), Aarti (1963), Kaajal (1966).
  • Madhuri Dixit for Dil (1991), Beta (1993), Hum Aapke Hain Kaun (1995), Dil To Pagal Hai (1998).
  • Kajol for Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge (1996), Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1999), Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham (2002), Fanaa (2007) and My Name Is Khan (2011).

Other Facts

  • Only 4 female stars have won the Filmfare trophy for two years in a succession. Meena Kumari in 1954 -1955, Jaya Bachchan in 1974 -1975, Shabana Azmi in 1984 -1985 and Rani Mukherjee in 2005 – 2006.
  • Rani Mukherjee is the only actress to win both Best Actress Popular and Critics for her role in Black.
  • Aishwarya Rai Bachchan has been received 8 nominations but has won just 2 awards (Hum DIl De Chuke Sanam and Devdas) Interestingly both under the director Sanjay Leela Bhansali.
  • Rani Mukherji has been nominated 7 times and again won just twice.
  • Madhuri Dixit has been nominated 14 times, won 4.
  • Kajol has a better success ratio winning 5 out of 10 nominations.
  • Only once has the Filmfare Best actress award been shared by two leading ladies, in 1974, between Dimple Kapadia (Bobby) and Jaya Bachchan (Abhimaan).

Filmfare Best Actress Winners – Full List

  • 2013 – Will be announced later today!
  • 2012 – Vidya Balan (The Dirty Picture)
  • 2011 – Kajol (My Name Is Khan)
  • 2010 – Vidya Balan (Paa)
  • 2009 – Priyanka Chopra (Fashion)
  • 2008 – Kareena Kapoor (Jab We Met)
  • 2007 – Kajol (Fanaa)
  • 2006 – Rani Mukherjee (Black)
  • 2005 – Rani Mukherjee (Hum Tum)
  • 2004 – Preity Zinta (Kal Ho Naa Ho)
  • 2003 – Aishwarya Rai (Devdas)
  • 2002 – Kajol (Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham)
  • 2001 – Karishma Kapoor (Fiza)
  • 2000 – Aishwarya Rai (Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam)
  • 1999 – Kajol (Kuch Kuch Hota Hai)
  • 1998 – Madhuri Dixit (Dil To Pagal Hai)
  • 1997 – Karisma Kapoor (Raja Hindustani)
  • 1996 – Kajol (Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge)
  • 1995 – Madhuri Dixit (Hum Aapke Hain Kaun)
  • 1994 – Juhi Chawla (Hum Hain Rahi Pyaar Ke)
  • 1993 – Madhuri Dixit (Beta)
  • 1992 – Sridevi (Lamhe)
  • 1991 – Madhuri Dixit (Dil)
  • 1990 – Sridevi (Chaalbaaz)
  • 1989 – Rekha (Khoon Bhari Maang)
  • 1988 – Filmfare Awards were not held due to security issues
  • 1987 – Filmfare Awards were not held due to security issues
  • 1986 – Dimple Kapadia (Saagar)
  • 1985 – Shabana Azmi (Bhavna)
  • 1984 – Shabana Azmi (Arth)
  • 1983 – Padmini Kolhapure (Prem Rog)
  • 1982 – Smita Patil (Chakra)
  • 1981 – Rekha (Khoobsurat)
  • 1980 – Jaya Bachchan (Naukar)
  • 1979 – Nutan (Main Tulsi Tere Aangan Ki)
  • 1978 – Shabana Azmi (Swami)
  • 1977 – Rakhee (Tapasya)
  • 1976 – Lakshmi (Julie)
  • 1975 – Jaya Bachchan (Kora Kagaz)
  • 1974 – Dimple Kapadia (Bobby) and Jaya Bachchan (Abhimaan)
  • 1973 – Hema Malini (Seeta Aur Geeta)
  • 1972 – Asha Parekh (Kati Patang)
  • 1971 – Mumtaz (Khilona)
  • 1970 – Sharmila Tagore (Aradhana)
  • 1969 – Waheeda Rehman (Neel Kamal)
  • 1968 – Nutan (Milan)
  • 1967 – Waheeda Rehman (Guide)
  • 1966 – Meena Kumari (Kaajal)
  • 1965 – Vyjayantimala (Sangam)
  • 1964 – Nutan (Bandini)
  • 1963 – Meena Kumari (Aarti)
  • 1962 – Vyjayantimala (Ganga Jamuna)
  • 1961 – Bina Rai (Ghunghat)
  • 1960 – Nutan (Sujata)
  • 1959 – Vyjayantimala (Madhumati)
  • 1958 – Nargis (Mother India)
  • 1957 – Nutan (Seema)
  • 1956 – Kamini Kaushal (Biraj Bahu)
  • 1955 – Meena Kumari (Parineeta)
  • 1954 – Meena Kumari (Baiju Bawra)

Filmfare Best Actress Nominations since year 1990

1990

  • Sridevi (Chalbaaz)
  • Bhagyashree (Maine Pyar Kiya)
  • Madhuri Dixit (Prem Pratigya)
  • Sridevi (Chandni)
  • Vijayashanti (Eeshwar)

1991

  • Madhuri Dixit (Dil)
  • Hema Malini (Rihaee)
  • Juhi Chawla (Pratibandh)
  • Meenakshi Seshadri (Jurm)

1992

  • Sridevi (Lamhe)
  • Dimple Kapadia (Lekin)
  • Madhuri Dixit (Saajan)
  • Rekha (Phool Bane Angarey)
  • Zeba Bakhtiyar (Henna)

1993

  • Madhuri Dixit (Beta)
  • Juhi Chawla (Bol Radha Bol)
  • Sridevi (Khuda Gawah)

1994

  • Juhi Chawla (Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke)
  • Dimple Kapadia (Rudaali)
  • Madhuri Dixit (Khalnayak)
  • Meenakshi Seshadri (Damini)
  • Sridevi (Gumraah)

1995

  • Madhuri Dixit (Hum Aapke Hai Koun)
  • Kajol (Yeh Dillagi)
  • Madhuri Dixit (Anjaam)
  • Manisha Koirala (1942 – A Love Story)
  • Sridevi (Laadla)
  • Tabu (Virasat)

1996

  • Kajol (Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge)
  • Madhuri Dixit (Raja)
  • Madhuri Dixit (Yaraana)
  • Manisha Koirala (Akele Hum Akele Tum)
  • Urmila Matondkar (Rangeela)

1997

  • No Nominations award was presented to Karisma Kapoor (Raja Hindustani)

1998

  • Madhuri Dixit (Dil To Pagal Hai)
  • Juhi Chawla (Yes Boss)
  • Mahima Choudhary (Pardes)
  • Sridevi (Judaai)
  • Tabu (Virasat)

1999

  • Kajol (Kuch Kuch Hota Hai)
  • Kajol (Dushman)
  • Kajol (Pyar To Hona Hi Tha)
  • Manisha Koirala (Dil Se)
  • Urmila Matondkar (Satya)

2000

  • Karisma Kapoor (Fiza)
  • Aishwarya Rai (Hamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai)
  • Madhuri Dixit (Pukar)
  • Preity Zinta (Kya Kehna)
  • Tabu (Astitva)

2001

  • Karisma Kapoor (Fiza) – winner
  • Aishwarya Rai (Hamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai)
  • Madhuri Dixit (Pukar)
  • Preity Zinta (Kya Kehna)
  • Tabu (Astitva

2002

  • Kajol (Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham) – winner
  • Amisha Patel (Gadar)
  • Kareena Kapoor (Asoka)
  • Karisma Kapoor (Zubeidaa)
  • Tabu (Chandni Bar)

2003

  • Aishwarya Rai (Devdas) – winner
  • Amisha Patel (Humraaz)
  • Bipasha Basu (Raaz)
  • Karisma Kapoor (Shakti – The Power)
  • Rani Mukherjee (Saathiya)

2004

  • Preity Zinta (Kal Ho Naa Ho) – winner
  • Bhumika Chawla (Tere Naam)
  • Hema Malini (Baghban)
  • Rani Mukherjee (Chalte Chalte)
  • Urmila Matondkar (Bhoot)

2005

  • Rani Mukherjee (Hum Tum) – winner
  • Aishwarya Rai (Raincoat)
  • Preity Zinta (Veer Zaara)
  • Shilpa Shetty (Phir Milenge)
  • Urmila Matondkar (Ek Hasina Thi)

2006

  • Rani Mukherjee (Black) – winner
  • Preity Zinta (Salaam Namaste)
  • Rani Mukherjee (Bunty Aur Babli)
  • Sharmila Tagore (Viruddh)
  • Vidya Balan (Parineeta)

2007

  • Kajol (Fanaa) – winner
  • Aishwarya Rai (Dhoom 2)
  • Bipasha Basu (Corporate)
  • Kareena Kapoor (Omkara)
  • Rani Mukherjee (Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna)

2008

  • Kareena Kapoor (Jab We Met) – winner
  • Aishwarya Rai (Guru)
  • Deepika Padukone (Om Shanti Om)
  • Madhuri Dixit (Aaja Nachle)
  • Rani Mukherjee (Laaga Chunari Mein Daag)
  • Vidya Balan (Bhool Bhulaiyaa)

2009

  • Aishwarya Rai (Jodhaa Akbar)
  • Anushka Sharma (Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi)
  • Asin (Ghajini)
  • Kajol (U Me Aur Hum)
  • Priyanka Chopra (Fashion) – winner

2010

  • Vidya Balan Paa as Vidya
  • Deepika Padukone Love Aaj Kal as Meera Pandit
  • Kareena Kapoor 3 Idiots as Pia Sahastrabuddhe
  • Kareena Kapoor Kurbaan as Avantika Ahuja/Khan
  • Katrina Kaif New York as Maya
  • Priyanka Chopra Kaminey as Sweety Shekhar Bhope

2011

  • Kajol My Name Is Khan as Mandira Khan
  • Aishwarya Rai Guzaarish as Sofia D’Souza
  • Anushka Sharma Band Baaja Baaraat as Shruti Kakkar
  • Kareena Kapoor Golmaal 3 as Daboo
  • Vidya Balan Ishqiya as Krishna Verma

2012

  • Vidya Balan The Dirty Picture as Reshma/Silk
  • Katrina Kaif Mere Brother Ki Dulhan as Dimple Dixit
  • Mahie Gill Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster as Madhavi
  • Priyanka Chopra 7 Khoon Maaf as Susanna Anna-Marie Johannes
  • Vidya Balan No One Killed Jessica as Sabrina Lal

2013

  • Deepika Padukone Cocktail as Veronica Malaney
  • Kareena Kapoor Heroine as Mahi Arora
  • Parineeti Chopra Ishaqzaade as Zoya Qureshi
  • Priyanka Chopra Barfi! as Jhilmil Chatterjee
  • Sridevi English Vinglish as Shashi Godbole
  • Vidya Balan Kahaani as Vidya Bagchi
Something to discuss below in the comments section
  • We have listed all the nominations from the year 1990, do you think any leading lady deserved the Best Actress more than the eventual winner of the award?
  • Do you see any potential superstar in the making? Asin (Ghajini), Genelia (Jaane Tu), Parineeti Chopra (Ishaqzaade)???
  • Can the likes of Preity Zinta, Madhuri Dixit- make a successful comeback?
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36 Comments

  • Rani……I miss u alot… I want u shahrukh khan and my rani to be act again because it will be highest grossing movie……I’m crazy fan of rani and I love u alotttt…..she is the best and queen of Bollywood ever…

  • feel sad for Sridevi who PROBABLY missed 2 filmfare awards for Nagina ( 1986 ) and Mr. India (1987) because the awards were not held in 87 and 88. She lost to herself for Chandni in 1990. I feel Filmfare has been unfair to Sridevi. She was brilliant in sadma , Khuda Gawah, Gumraah, Laadla, Judaai in 90. To sri best flim fair award execellent acting. WO ek super star hai.

  • Sridevi is the best actress. Chandni &chalbaaz (89s), lamhe(91s), Mr. India(87s), sadma (84s), khuda gawah(92s), gumraah(93s), nagina(86s) ,laadla (94s), judaai (97s). Sri ko Best filmfare award dena chahiye tha. Nahi madhuri ko beta 92s) aur dil to pagal hai (97s) us movie ko to pahile sri ko offers di thi. Bad luck sri

  • THE GREATEST DISCRIMINATION HAS BEEN DONE TO MANISHA KOIRALA (4 NOMINATIONS in 13 yrs short career) and Tabu(5 nominations).instead tabu won 4 firmware critics and manisha won 3 critics award in her short career.they should have been honored.

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