20th Filmfare Awards South (1973)

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The 20th Filmfare Awards South was once again held in Bombay (now Mumbai) in the year 1973. Last year the show was held in Chennai. It was the first time when the show was held outside Bombay. Earlier the ceremony was held in Bombay from 1964 to 1971 in a row.

About Filmfare Awards South

Filmfare Awards South is a separate segment of the annual Filmfare Awards. The First Filmfare Awards were given on 21 March 1954.

Initially, only Hindi cinema personalities get nominated and awarded in various Filmfare Categories. Thereafter, Filmfare started new segments like Filmfare South, Filmfare Marathi, and Filmfare Bengali.

Filmfare Magazine presents Filmfare Awards. The Time Group publish the Filmfare magazine. Filmfare Awards acknowledge and honor the talent of Hindi Cinema. Whereas Filmfare Awards South aims to consider South Indian Films and related film personalities to honor and encourage them.

Introduction of Filmfare Awards South 

South Film Industry makes films in mainly four languages namely Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, and Kannada. Thus, Filmfare Magazine introduced the new segment of Filmfare Awards for South.

The First Filmfare Award was held in the year 1954 in Bombay (now Mumbai). Filmfare presented awards, for Hindi Cinema, in five categories only.

Thereafter, Filmfare introduced Filmfare Awards South in the year 1964. Meaning thereby, after ten (10) years of the First Filmfare Awards held in Bombay (now Mumbai).

In the meantime, Filmfare also introduced Filmfare Awards East and Filmfare Marathi Awards in 1963. Filmfare Awards East were initially meant for Bangla Cinema. However, Assamese and Odia cinema were also included in the year 2014.

South Indian Films (Tamil and Telugu only) were considered in the 11th, 12th, and 13th Filmfare Awards South. Malayalam Films were added to the 14th Filmfare Awards South (1967). Thereafter, Kannada Films were also added to the 17th Filmfare Awards South. Thus, all four languages of South Indian Films were considered for awards since the 17th Filmfare Awards South (1970).

Introduction of New Categories

Filmfare Awards South presented awards in the category of Best Film only from 1964 to 1972.

Filmfare introduced new categories of awards in the 20th Filmfare Awards (1973). These new categories were Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Actress.

Thus, the number of award categories became four (4) since the 20th Filmfare Awards South (1973). Now onwards all awards were presented in all four main categories as such Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Actress.

Winners of 20th Filmfare Awards South (1973)

Tamil Cinema Awards

Award CategoryWinnerFilm
Best FilmP. Madhavan (Producer)Pattikada Pattanama
Best DirectorP. MadhavanGnana Oli
Best ActorSivaji GanesanGnana Oli
Best ActressJayalalithaaPattikada Pattanama

Telugu Cinema Awards

Award CategoryWinnerFilm
Best FilmG. Hanumantha Rao (Producer)Pandanti Kapuram
Best DirectorKadri Venkata ReddySri Krishna Satya
Best ActorN. T. Rama RaoBadi Panthulu
Best ActressJayalalithaaSri Krishna Satya

Malayalam Cinema Awards

Award CategoryWinnerFilm
Best FilmS. Krishnan Nair (Producer)Chembarathi
Best DirectorK. S. SethumadhavanPunarjanmam
Best ActorMadhu (Madhavan Nair)Swayamvaram
Best ActressRoja RamaniChembarathi

Kannada Cinema Awards

Award CategoryWinnerFilm
Best FilmG.V Iyer (Producer)Vamsha Vriksha
Best DirectorB. V. KaranthVamsha Vriksha
Girish Karnad
Best ActorVenkat Rao TalegiriVamsha Vriksha
Best ActressKalpanaYaava Janmada Maitri

Special Jury Award

RecipientFilm
JamunaPandanti Kapuram
Special Award-20th Filfmare South (1973)

Most Awards

  • Film Vamsha Vriksha won three awards.
    • The film won Best Film (Kannada), Best Actor (Kannada), and Best Director (Kannada).
  • Film Chembarathi won two awards.
    • The film Won Best Film (Malayalam) and Best Actress (Malayalam).
    • Roja Ramani won the Best Actress (Malayalam).
  • Film Sri Krishna Satya won two awards.
    • The film won Best Director (Telugu) and Best Actress (Telugu).
    • Jayalalithaa won the Best Actress (Telugu) for the film Sri Krishna Satya.
  • Film Gnana Oli won two awards.
    • The film won Best Director (Tamil) and Best Actor (Tamil).
    • Shivaji Ganeshan won the Best Actor (Tamil).
  • Film Pattikada Pattanama won two awards.
    • The film won Best Film (Tamil) and Best Actress (Tamil).
    • Jayalalithaa won the Best Actress (Tamil).
  • Actress Jayalalithaa won two awards in the Best Actress category.
    • She won Best Actress (Tamil) and Best Actress (Telugu).
  • Jayalalithaa was the first person to win awards in two different languages in the history of Filmfare Awards South.

Highlights (20th Filmfare Awards South)

  • Actress Jamuna received the Special Award for the Telugu language Drama film Pandanti Kapuram.
  • Filmfare introduced three new awards categories in the 20th Filmfare Awards (South).
    • These categories were Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Actress.
    • Earlier awards were given in the Best Film category only.
    • Thus, awards were given in four (4) categories from the 20th Filmfare Awards (1973) onwards.
  • Pattikada Pattanama won the Best Film Award (Tamil).
    • Pandanti Kapuram won the Best Film Award (Telugu).
    • Chembarathi won the Best Film Award (Malayalam).
    • Vamsha Vriksha won the Best Film Award (Kannada).
  • P. Madhavan won the Best Director Award (Tamil) for the film Gnana Oli.
    • As a producer, P. Madhavan also received the Best Film Awards (Tamil) for the film Pattikada Pattanama.
    • Kadri Venkata Reddy won the Best Director Award (Telugu) for the film Sri Krishna Satya
    • K. S. Sethumadhavan won the Best Director Award (Malayalam) for the film Punarjanmam.
    • B. V. Karanth and Girish Karna won the Best Director Award (Kannada) for the film Vamsha Vriksha.
  • Shivaji Ganeshan won the Best Actor Award (Tamil) for the film Gnana Oli.
    • N. T. Rama Rao won the Best Actor Award (Telugu) for the film Badi Panthulu.
    • Madhu (Madhavan Nair) won the Best Actor Award (Malayalam) for the film Swayamvara.
    • Venkat Rao Talegiri won the Best Actor Award (Telugu) for the film Vamsha Vriksha.
  • Jayalalithaa won the Best Actress Award (Tamil) for the film Pattikada Pattanam.
    • Jayalalithaa also won the Best Actress Award (Telugu) for the film Sri Krishna Satya.
    • Roja Ramani won the Best Actress Award (Malayalam) for the film Chembarathi.
    • Kalpana won the Best Actress Award (Kannada) for the film Yaava Janmada Maitri.

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