26th Filmfare Awards South (1979)

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The 26th Filmfare Awards South (1979) was held in Chennai. It was the fifth time in a row when the ceremony was held in Chennai.

In the year 1972, the show was held in Chennai. It was the first time when the show was held outside Bombay. The show was again held in Bombay in the years 1973 and 1974. Earlier the ceremony was held in Bombay from 1964 to 1971 in a row.

Thereafter since the 22nd Filmfare Awards South (1975), the ceremony started regularly in Chennai.

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 26th Filmfare Awards South (1979)

Tamil Cinema Awards

Award CategoryWinnerFilm
Best FilmVenu Chettiar (Producer)Mullum Malarum
V. Mohan (Producer)
Best DirectorBharathirajaSigappu Rojakkal
Best ActorKamal HaasanSigappu Rojakkal
Best ActressLathaVattathukkul Sathuram

Telugu Cinema Awards

Award CategoryWinnerFilm
Best FilmJaya Krishna (Producer)Mana Voori Pandavulu
Best DirectorK. BalachandarMaro Charitra
Best ActorChandra MohanPadaharella Vayasu
Best ActressTalluri RameshwariSeetamalakshmi

Malayalam Cinema Awards

Award CategoryWinnerFilm
Best FilmHari Pothan (Producer)Rathinirvedam
Best DirectorI. V. SasiEeta
Best ActorKamal HaasanEeta
Best ActressJayabharathiVadakakku Oru Hridayam

Kannada Cinema Awards

Award CategoryWinnerFilm
Best FilmG. N. Lakshmipathy (Producer)Ondanondu Kaladalli
K. N. Narayan (Producer)
Best DirectorGirish KarnadOndanondu Kaladalli
Best ActorRajkumarShankar Guru
Best ActressShobaAparichita

Special Jury Award

Not awarded in the 26th Filfmare Awards South (1979).

Most Awards-26th Filmfare Awards South (1979)

  • Film Sigappu Rojakkal won two awards.
    • The film won Best Director (Tamil) and Best Actor (Tamil).
    • Bharathiraja won the Best Director Award (Tamil).
    • Kamal Haasan won the Best Actor Award (Tamil).
  • Film Eeta won two awards.
    • The film won Best Director (Malayalam) and Best Actor (Malayalam).
    • I. V. Sasi won the Best Director (Malayalam).
    • Kamal Haasan won the Best Actor Award (Malyalam).
  • Film Ondanondu Kaladalli won two awards.
    • The film won Best Film (Kannada) and Best Director (Kannada).
    • Girish Karna won the Best Actor Award (Kannada).

Highlights (26th Filmfare Awards South)

  • Special Filmfare Award was not given this year. 
  • Mullum Malarum won the Best Film Award (Tamil).
    • Mana Voori Pandavulu won the Best Film Award (Telugu).
    • Rathinirvedam won the Best Film Award (Malayalam).
    • Ondanondu Kaladalli won the Best Film Award (Kannada).
  • Bharathiraja won the Best Director Award (Tamil) for the film Mullum Malarum.
  • K. Balachandar won the Best Director Award (Telugu) for the film Mana Voori Pandavulu
  • I. V. Sasi won the Best Director Award (Malayalam) for the film Eeta.
    • I.V. Sasi received his 2nd consecutive Best Director (Malayalam) Award.
    • He won the Best Director Award (Malayalam) for the film Itha Ivide Vare in the 25th Filmfare Awards South (1978).
  • Girish Karnad won the Best Director Award (Kannada) for the film Ondanondu Kaladalli.
  • Kamal Haasan won the Best Actor Award (Tamil) for the film Sigappu Rojakka.
  • Chandra Mohan won the Best Actor Award (Telugu) for the film Padaharella Vayasu
  • Rajkumar won the Best Actor Award (Kannada) for the film Shankar Guru.
  • Latha won the Best Actress Award (Tamil) for the film Vattathukkul Sathuram.
    • Talluri Rameshwari won the Best Actress Award (Telugu) for the film Seetamalakshmi.
    • Jayabharathi won the Best Actress Award (Malayalam) for the film Vadakakku Oru Hridayam.
    • Shoba the Best Actress Award (Kannada) for the film Aparichita.

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