38th Filmfare Awards South (1991)

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The 38th Filmfare Awards South (1991) is a segment of the annual Filmfare Awards South. The ceremony was held in Madras (now Chennai), Tamil Nadu on 11 August 1991. It was the 17th 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 38th Filmfare Awards South (1991)

Winners of Tamil Cinema Awards

Award CategoryWinnerFilm
Best FilmR. B. Choudary (Producer)Pudhu Vasantham
R. Mohan (Producer)
Best DirectorMani RatnamAnjali
Best ActorKarthikKizhakku Vasal
Best ActressRaadhikaKeladi Kanmani
Best Music DirectorS. A. RajkumarPudhu Vasantham

Winners Telugu Cinema Awards

Award CategoryWinnerFilm
Best FilmA. M. Rathnam (Producer)Karthavyam
Best DirectorK. Raghavendra RaoJagadeka Veerudu Athiloka Sundari
Best ActorRajasekharMagaadu
Best ActressVijayashanti Karthavyam
Best Music DirectorIlayarajaBobbili Raja

Winners of Malayalam Cinema Awards

Award CategoryWinnerFilm
Best FilmV. B. K. Menon (Producer)Thazhvaram
Best DirectorBhadranIyer The Great
Best ActorMammoottyMathilukal
Best ActressShobhanaInnale
Best Music DirectorRaveendranHis Highness Abdullah

Winners of Kannada Cinema Awards

Award CategoryWinnerFilm
Best FilmManasa ArtsPrathama Ushakirana
Best DirectorSuresh HeblikarPrathama Ushakirana
Best ActorAnanth NagUdbhava
Best ActressSuhasiniMuthina Haara
Best Music DirectorS. A. RajkumarShruthi

Special Jury Award

Filmfare Special Award not presented in the 38th Filmfare Awards South (1991).

Lifetime Achievement Award

NameOccupation
PadminiActress
Filmfare Lifetime Achievement (South) 1991

Most Awards-38th Filmfare Awards South (1991)

  • Tamil language film Pudhu Vasantham won two awards. 
    • The film won Best Film (Tamil), Best Music Director (Tamil).
    • S. A. Rajkumar won Best Music Director (Tamil) Award.
  •  Kannada language film Prathama Ushakirana also won two awards.
    • The film won Best Film (Kannada) and Best Director (Kannada).
    • Suresh Heblikar won the Best Director (Kannada).

Highlights (38th Filmfare Awards South)

  • Filmfare Special Award was not given in the 38th Filmfare Awards South (1991).
  • Actress Padmini received the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award.
  • Best Music Director Award South was introduced in the 38th Filmfare Awards South (1991).
    • S. A. Rajkumar won Best Music Director (Tamil) and Best Music Director (Kannada).
  • Film Pudhu Vasantham won the Best Film (Tamil) Award.
    • Film Karthavyam won the Best Film (Telugu) Award.
    • Film Thazhvaram Veeragatha won the Best Film (Malayalam) Award.
    • Film Prathama Ushakirana won the Best Film (Kannada) Award.
  • Mani Ratnam won the Best Director (Tamil) Award for the film Anjali.
    • Mani Ratnam won the Best Director Award for the 2nd consecutive year.
  • K. Raghavendra Rao won the Best Director (Telugu) Award for the film Jagadeka Veerudu Athiloka Sundari.
  • Bhadran won the Best Director (Malayalam) Award for the film Iyer The Great.
  • Suresh Heblikar Desai Rao won the Best Director Award (Kannada) for the film Prathama Ushakirana.
  • Karthik won the Best Actor (Tamil) Award for the film Kizhakku Vasal.
  • Rajasekhar won the Best Actor (Telugu) Award for the film Magaadu.
  • Mammootty won the Best Actor (Malayalam) Award for the film Mathilukal.
  • Ananth Nag won the Best Actor (Kannada) Award for the film Udbhava.
    • Ananth Nag won the Best Actor (Kannada) for the 2nd consecutive year.
    • He won the Best Actor (Kannada) Award for the film Suprabhatha in the 37th Filmfare Awards South (1990).
  • Raadhika won the Best Actress (Tamil) Award for the film Keladi Kanmani.
  • Vijayashanti won the Best Actress Award (Telugu) for the film Karthavyam.
    • Vijayashanti won the Best Actress (Telugu) for the 2nd consecutive year.
    • She won the Best Actress Award (Telugu) for the film Bharatanaari in the 37th Filmfare Awards South (1990).
  • Shobhana won the Best Actress Award (Malayalam) for the film Innale.
  • Suhasini won the Best Actress (Kannada) Award for the film Shruthi.
  • S. A. Rajkumar won the Best Music Director (Tamil) Award for the film Pudhu Vasantham.
    • S. A. Rajkumar also won the Best Music Director (Kannada) Award for the film Shruthi.
  • Ilayaraja won the Best Music Director (Telugu) Award for the film Bobbili Raja.
  • Raveendran won the Best Music Director (Malayalam) Award for the film His Highness Abdullah.

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