30th Filmfare Awards South (1983)

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The 30th Filmfare Awards South (1983) was held in Chennai. It was the ninth time in a row when the ceremony was held in Chennai.

In the year 1972, the show was first 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 30th Filmfare Awards South (1983)

Tamil Cinema Awards

Award CategoryWinnerFilm
Best FilmMeena Panju Arunachalam (Producer)Enkeyo Ketta Kural
Best DirectorBalu MahendraMoondram Pirai
Best ActorMohanPayanangal Mudivathillai
Best ActressPoornima BhagyarajPayanangal Mudivathillai

Telugu Cinema Awards

Award CategoryWinnerFilm
Best FilmDasari Narayana Rao (Producer)Meghasandesam
Best DirectorK. ViswanathSubhalekha
Best ActorChiranjeeviSubhalekha
Best ActressJayasudhaGruhapravesam

Malayalam Cinema Awards

Award CategoryWinnerFilm
Best FilmN. G. John (Producer)Ee Nadu
Best DirectorBalu MahendraOlangal
Best ActorBharath GopiOrmakkayi
Best ActressPoornima BhagyarajOlangal

Kannada Cinema Awards

Award CategoryWinnerFilm
Best FilmM. S. SathyuBara
Best DirectorM. S. SathyuBara
Best ActorAnant NagBara
Best ActressSarithaHosa Belaku

Special Jury Award

Not awarded in the 30th Filfmare Awards South (1983).

Most Awards-30th Filmfare Awards South (1983)

  • Film Bara won three awards. 
    • The film won the Best Film (Kannada), Best Director (Kannada), and Best Actress (Kannada).
    • M. S. Sathyu won the Best Director (Kannada) Award.
    • Anant Nag won the Best Actor Award (Kannada).
  • Film Payanangal Mudivathillai won two awards.
    • The film won Best Actor (Tamil) and Best Actress (Tamil).
    • Mohan won the Best Actor (Tamil) Award.
    • Poornima Bhagyaraj won the Best Actress (Tamil) Award.
  • Film Subhalekha won two awards.
    • The film won Best Actor (Telugu) and Best Director (Telugu).
    • K. Viswanath won the Best Director (Telugu).
    • Chiranjeevi won the Best Actor (Telugu).
  • Film Olangal won two awards.
    • The film won Best Actress (Malayalam) and Best Director (Malayalam).
    • Balu Mahendra won the Best Director (Malayalam) Award.
    • Poornima Bhagyaraj won the Best Actress (Malayalam) Award.

Highlights (30th Filmfare Awards South)

  • Special Filmfare Award was not given this year.
  • Enkeyo Ketta Kural the Best Film Award (Tamil).
    • Meghasandesam won the Best Film Award (Telugu).
    • Ee Nadu won the Best Film Award (Malayalam).
    • Bara won the Best Film Award (Kannada).
  • Balu Mahendra won the Best Director (Tamil) Award for the film Enkeyo Ketta Kural.
    • Balu Mahendra also won the Best Director (Malayalam) Award for the film Olangal.
    • Balu Mahendra became the first film Director to win two Awards (Best Director) in different languages, in the Filmfare Awards South. 
  • K. Viswanath Rao won the Best Director Award (Telugu) for the film Subhalekha.
  • M. S. Sathyu won the Best Director Award (Kannada) for the film Bara.
  • Mohan won the Best Actor Award (Tamil) for the film Payanangal Mudivathillai.
    • Chiranjeevi won the Best Actor Award (Telugu) for the film Subhalekha.
    • Bharath Gopi won the Best Actor Award (Malayalam) for the film Ormakkayi.
    • Anant Nag won the Best Actor (Kannada) for the film Bara.
  • Poornima Bhagyaraj won the Best Actress Award (Tamil) for the film Payanangal Mudivathillai.
    • Poornima Bhagyaraj also won the Best Actress Award (Malayalam) for the film Olangal.
    • Poornima Bhagyaraj became the 3rd Actress to win the Best Actress Award for different language films in a single year.
    • Earlier Jayalalithaa won Best Actress (Tamil) and Best Actress (Telugu) in the 20th Filmfare Awards South (1973).
    • Thus, Jayalalithaa became the first Actor (Male or Female) to win the Best Actress Award for different language films in a single year.
    • Thereafter, Lakshmi won Best Actress (Tamil) and Best Actress (Malayalam) in the 22nd Filmfare Awards South (1975).
    • Thus, Lakshmi became the 2nd Actress to win the Best Actress Award for different language films in a single year.
  • Jayasudha won the Best Actress Award (Telugu) for the film Gruhapravesam.
  • Saritha won the Best Actress Award (Kannada) for the film Hosa Belaku.

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