First Awarded: 1953
Awarded For: Excellence in cinematic achievements
This award is being conducted by ‘The Times Group’ to honor both artistic and technical excellence of professionals in the Hindi language film industry of India. It is one the oldest and most prominent awards in India. This award was first introduced in 1954. They were initially known as the Clare Awards or The Clares after Clare Mendonca, the editor of The Times of India. The main significance of this award is the statuette, depicting a woman whose arms up rise in a dance number with her fingers touching, is commonly referred to as ‘The Black Lady’. The award is being presented to those artists whose contribution in the Indian cinema is more. The award is conducted in many parts of the world. The award has approximately 31 categories. The award has a different segment for film-critics awards. The award has been given to different actors, actresses, producers, directors, singers, composers, and others that have contributed to Indian cinema are introduced. The awards are meant to pay tribute to those actors or the actresses whose contribution in the film industry is greater. The first film fare award was conducted on 21st March 1954 at Metro Theater, Mumbai. In this ceremony only 5 awards were presented that is : Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Music Director. The first year awards were grabbed by Bimal Roy for his direction of Do Bigha Zameen, Dilip Kumar for his performance in Daag, Meena Kumari for her performance in Baiju Bawra, and Naushad Ali for his music in Baiju Bawra.