Filmfare Awards completes its Golden Jubilee this year. 50 years of commemorating the best of the best among the film world!
Here’s presenting a trivia in tribute to the first and one of the most anticipated Film Awards of the film industry. Some interesting tidbits on the awards, the nominations, the events, the performances, the hits and the misses that evolved with the progression of this film felicitation function.
- The guest of honour at the first ever awards (March 21, 1954 at the Metro theatre, Mumbai) was to be Gregory Peck. He couldn't make it--his flight from Colombo, where he was on location for Purple Plain, was delayed. But he did attend the banquet that followed at the Willingdon Sports Club.
- At first, the awards were called Clares after Clare Mendonca, the Times of India film critic who died the year of the first awards, 1954. However, the name didn't stick.
- At the first awards function, only 5 awards were presented with Do Bigha Zameen winning the award for the best film while Bimal Roy carried off the statuette for Best Director for the same film. Dilip Kumar won the first of many awards for his performance in Daag, while Meena Kumari won hers for Baiju Bawra. Best Music Director went to Naushad for Baiju Bawra.
Lata Mangeshkar refused to accept her first Filmfare award because the Filmfare statuette was designed in the shape of a woman and the woman had no clothes on. So Lataji had reservations in accepting that nude statuette. Finally the award had to be wrapped with a handkerchief to be granted to Lataji.
- In 1962 Shammi Kapoor was expecting an award for his performance in Professor but was quite disappointed when he lost it to Ashok Kumar who won it for Rakhee. Shammi Kapoor subsequently received a letter from Ashok Kumar where Dadamuni stated that he knew how one felt to not win an award and added that he felt Kapoor deserved the award. Dadamuni's generous and magnanimous thoughts brought back a smile on Shammi Kapoor's face.