Filmfare Awards are Bollywood's answer to the Oscars. Bollywood, of course, is the Mumbai film industry, the largest regional cinema in India.
The awards were first given in 1953 to honour Bollywood's best talents and provide encouragement and incentive to the Hindi motion picture industry. Readers of Filmfare magazine were polled to decide the winners; trophies were given to winners of the popular vote.
In the first awards function, only 5 awards were presented. Today there are 31 awards. There is now a separate category of film-critics awards, decided by noted film-critics rather than popular votes.
Awards are given in the following categories:
- Popular awards
- Critics Awards
- Technical Awards