32nd Filmfare Awards South (1985)

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The 32nd Filmfare Awards South (1985) was held in Chennai. It was the 11th time in a row when the ceremony was held in Chennai.

Filmfare Awards South was first held in Chennai in the year 1972. Moreover, it was the first time when the show was held outside Bombay.
Earlier Filmfare Awards South were used to be held in Bombay (now Mumbai) from 1964 to 1971 in a row.

However, the show was again held in Bombay in the years 1973 and 1974. 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.

List of Winners of 32st Filmfare Awards South (1985)

Winners of Tamil Cinema Awards

Award CategoryWinnerFilm
Best FilmRajam Balachandar (Producer)Achamillai Achamillai
V. Natarajan (Producer)
Best DirectorK. BalachandarAchamillai Achamillai
Best ActorRajinikanthNallavanukku Nallavan
Best ActressSarithaAchamillai Achamillai

Winners Telugu Cinema Awards

Award CategoryWinnerFilm
Best FilmKranthi Kumar (Producer)Swati
Best DirectorJandhyala Subramanya SastrySrivariki Premalekha
Best ActorKrishnam RajuBobbili Brahmanna
Best ActressSuhasiniSwati

Winners of Malayalam Cinema Awards

Award CategoryWinnerFilm
Best FilmRaju Mathew (Producer)Aalkkoottathil Thaniye
Best DirectorBharathanIthiri Poove Chuvannapoove
Best ActorMammoottyAdiyozhukkukal
Best ActressNadhiyaNokkethadhoorathu Kannum Nattu

Winners of Kannada Cinema Awards

Award CategoryWinnerFilm
Best FilmShankar Nag (Producer)Accident
Sanket (Producer)
Best DirectorKashinathAnubhava
Best ActorDr. RajkumarShravana Banthu
Best ActressAbhinayaAnubhava

Special Jury Award

NameFilm
VishnuvardhanBandhana
(Kannada)
Special Jury Awards (1985)-Filmfare South

Lifetime Achievement Award

NameOccupation
Sowcar JanakiActress
Filmfare Lifetime Achievement (South) 1985

Most Awards-32nd Filmfare Awards South (1985)

  • Film Achamillai Achamillai won three awards. 
    • The film won Best Film (Tamil), Best Actress (Tamil), and Best Actor (Tamil).
    • K. Balachandar won the Best Director (Tamil) Award. 
    • Saritha won the Best Actress (Tamil) Award.
  • Film Swati won two awards.
    • The film won Best Film (Telugu) and Best Actress (Telugu).
    • Suhasini won the Best Actress (Telugu) Award.
  • Film Anubhava also won two awards.
    • The film won Best Director (Kannada) and Best Actress (Kannada).
    • Kashinath won the Best Director (Kannada) Award.
    • Abhinaya won the Best Actress (Kannada) Award.

Highlights (32nd Filmfare Awards South)

  • Special Filmfare Award was given to Actor Vishnuvardhan for the Kannada Language film Bandhana.
    • Vishnuvardhan is the screen name of Sampath Kumar.
  • Actress Sowcar Janaki received the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award (South) 1985.
  • Achamillai Achamillai won the Best Film Award (Tamil).
    • Swati won the Best Film Award (Telugu).
    • Aalkkoottathil Thaniye won the Best Film Award (Malayalam).
    • Accident won the Best Film Award (Kannada).
  • K. Balachandar won the Best Director (Tamil) Award for the film Achamillai Achamillai.
    • Jandhyala Subramanya Sastry won the Best Director Award (Telugu) for the film Srivariki Premalekha.
    • Bharathan won the Best Director Award (Malayalam) for the film Ithiri Poove Chuvannapoove.
    • Kashinath won the Best Director Award (Kannada) for the film Anubhava.
  • Rajinikanth won the Best Actor Award (Tamil) for the film Nallavanukku Nallavan.
    • It was Rajinikanth’s first-ever Filmfare Award.
  • Krishnam Raju won the Best Actor Award (Telugu) for the film Bobbili Brahmanna.
  • Mammootty won the Best Actor Award (Malayalam) for the film Adiyozhukkukal.
    • It was Mammootty’s first-ever Filmfare Award.
  • Dr. Rajkumar won the Best Actor (Kannada) Award for the film Shravana Banthu.
  • Saritha won the Best Actress Award (Tamil) for the film Achamillai Achamilla.
  • Suhasini won the Best Actress Award (Telugu) for the film Swati.
    • Suhasini won the Best Actress Award for the 2nd consecutive year.
    • She won the Best Actress Award (Kannada) for the film Benkiyalli Aralida Hoovu in the 31st Filmfare Awards South (1984).
  • Nadhiya won the Best Actress (Malayalam) for the film Nokkethadhoorathu Kannum Nattu.
  • Abhinaya won the Best Actress Award (Kannada) for the film Anubhava.

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