35th Filmfare Awards South (1988)

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The 35th Filmfare Awards South (1988) is a segment of the annual Filmfare Awards South. The ceremony was held in Chennai, Tamil Nadu in 1988. It was the 14th 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 South (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 onward all awards were presented in all four main categories as such Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Actress.

List of Winners of 35th Filmfare Awards South (1988)

Winners of Tamil Cinema Awards

Award CategoryWinnerFilm
Best FilmBharathiraja (Producer)Vedham Pudhithu
Best DirectorBharathirajaVedham Pudhithu
Best ActorSathyarajVedham Pudhithu
Best ActressRaadhikaNeethikku Thandanai

Winners Telugu Cinema Awards

Award CategoryWinnerFilm
Best FilmG.Subbarao (Producer)Padamati Sandhya Ragam
Best DirectorK. ViswanathSruthilayalu
Best ActorAkkineni Nageswara RaoAatma Bandhuvulu
Best ActressVijayashantiSwayam Krushi

Winners of Malayalam Cinema Awards

Award CategoryWinnerFilm
Best FilmV. Nandakumar (Producer)Thaniyavarthanam
Best DirectorPrathap K. PothanRithubhedam
Best ActorNedumudi VenuOru Minnaminunginte Nurunguvettam
Best ActressSharadaOru Minnaminunginte Nurunguvettam

Winners of Kannada Cinema Awards

Award CategoryWinnerFilm
Best FilmShringar Nagaraj (Producer)Pushpaka Vimana
Best DirectorSingeetam Srinivasa RaoPushpaka Vimana
Best ActorKamal HaasanPushpaka Vimana
Best ActressGeethaShruthi Seridaaga

Special Jury Award

Filmfare Special Award not presented in the 35th Filmfare Awards South (1988).

Lifetime Achievement Award

NameOccupation
Bhanumathi RamakrishnaActress, Director,
Music Director, Lyricist
Filmfare Lifetime Achievement (South) 1988

Most Awards-35th Filmfare Awards South (1988)

  • Film Vedham Pudhithu won three awards. 
    • The film won Best Film (Tamil), Best Director (Tamil), and Best Actor (Tamil).
    • Bharathiraja won the Best Director (Tamil) Award.
    • Sathyaraj won the Best Actor (Tamil) Award.
  • Film Pushpaka Vimana also won three awards. 
    • The film won Best Film (Kannada), Best Director (Kannada), and Best Actor (Kannada).
    • Singeetam Srinivasa Rao won the Best Actor Award (Kannada) Award.
    • Kamal Haasan won the Best Actor (Kannada) Award.
    • Geetha won the Best Actress (Kannada) Award.
  • Film Oru Minnaminunginte Nurunguvettam Mutyam won two awards.
    • The film won Best Actor (Malayalam) and Best Actress (Malayalam).
    • Nedumudi Venu won the Best Actore (Malayalam) Award.
    • Sharada won the Best Actress (Tamil) Award.

Highlights (35th Filmfare Awards South)

  • Filmfare Special Award was not given in the 35th Filmfare Awards South (1988).
  • Bhanumathi Ramakrishna (Actress, Director, Music Director, and Lyricist) received the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award.
  • Vedham Pudhithuwon the Best Film Award (Tamil).
    • Padamati Sandhya Ragam won the Best Film Award (Telugu).
    • Thaniyavarthanam won the Best Film Award (Malayalam).
    • Pushpaka Vimana won the Best Film Award (Kannada).
  • Bharathiraja won the Best Director (Tamil) Award for the film Vedham Pudhithu.
  • K. Viswanath won the Best Director Award (Telugu) for the film Sruthilayalu.
    • K. Viswanath won the Best Director (Telugu) Award for the 2nd consecutive year.
    • He won the Best Director Award (Telugu) for the film Swati Mutyam in the 34th Filmfare Awards South (1987).
  • Prathap K. Pothan won the Best Director Award (Malayalam) for the film Rithubhedam.
  • Singeetam Srinivasa Rao won the Best Director Award (Kannada) for the film Pushpaka Vimana.
  • Sathyaraj won the Best Actor Award (Tamil) for the film Vedham Pudhithu.
    • Akkineni Nageswara Rao won the Best Actor Award (Telugu) for the film Aatma Bandhuvulu.
    • Nedumudi Venu won the Best Actor Award (Malayalam) for the film Oru Minnaminunginte Nurunguvettam.
    • Kamal Haasan won the Best Actor (Kannada) Award for the film Pushpaka Vimana.
  • Raadhika won the Best Actress Award (Tamil) for the film Neethikku Thandanai.
    • Raadhika won the Best Actress (Tamil) Award for the 2nd consecutive year.
    • She won the Best Actress Award (Tamil) for the film Dharma Devathai n the 34th Filmfare Awards South (1987).
  • Vijayashanti won the Best Actress Award (Telugu) for the film Swayam Krushi.
  • Sharada won the Best Actress Award (Malayalam) for the film Oru Minnaminunginte Nurunguvettam.
  • Geetha won the Best Actress Award (Kannada) for the film Shruthi Seridaaga.

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