44th Filmfare Awards South (1997)

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The 44th Filmfare Awards South (1997) is a segment of the annual Filmfare Awards South. The ceremony was held at Hyderabad in Andhra Pradesh, India on 30 August 1997.

Post Content:

  1. Show Host
  2. Venue
  3. About Filmfare Awards South
  4. Introduction of Filmfare Awards South
  5. Introduction of New Categories
  6. List of Winners-44th Filmfare Awards South
  7. Most Awards
  8. Special Jury Award
  9. Lifetime Achievement Award
  10. Highlights

Show Host

Raajeshwari Sachdev hosted the 44th Filmfare Awards South (1997).

Former Actress Heera Rajgopal and VJ Karthik jointly hosted the 43rd Filmfare Awards South (1996).

Earlier actress Priya Raman hosted the show for three consecutive years. She hosted the 39th, 40th, and 41st Filmfare Awards South.

Venue

Initially, Filmfare Awards South was part of the Filmfare Awards (Hindi Cinema). Therefore, the award ceremonies were held in Bombay (now Mumbai) from 1964 to 1971 in a row.

Filmfare Awards South was held in Chennai for the first time in the year 1972. Moreover, it was the first time when the show was held outside Bombay.

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.

The 39th Filmfare Awards were also held in Bombay along with Filmfare Awards (Hindi Cinema) on 31 March 1993.

The 44th Filmfare South (1996) was held at the Ravindra Bharati Auditorium, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh on 30 August 1997.

This was the first time when Filmfare Awards South were held outside Bombay/Mumbai or Madras/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 onward all awards were presented in all four main categories as such Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Actress.

Best Music Director Award South was introduced in the 38th Filmfare Awards South (1991).

List of Winners-44th Filmfare Awards South (1997)

Winners of Tamil Cinema Awards

Award CategoryWinnerFilm
Best FilmA. M. Rathnam (Producer)Indian
Best DirectorAgathiyanKadhal Kottai
Best ActorKamal HaasanIndian
Best ActressShrutiKalki
Best Music DirectorA. R. RahmanKadhal Desam

Winners Telugu Cinema Awards

Award CategoryWinnerFilm
Best FilmAkkineni Nagarjuna
(Producer)
Ninne Pelladatha
Best DirectorKrishna VamsiNinne Pelladatha
Best ActorVenkateshDharma Chakram
Best ActressTabuNinne Pelladatha
Best Music DirectorM M Keeravani Pelli Sandadi

Winners of Malayalam Cinema Awards

Award CategoryWinnerFilm
Best FilmGrihalakshmi ProductionsThooval Kottaram
Best DirectorSatyan AnthikadThooval Kottaram
Best ActorJayaramThooval Kottaram
Best ActressManju WarrierEe Puzhayum Kadannu
Best Music DirectorKaithapram Damodaran NamboothiriDesadanam

Winners of Kannada Cinema Awards

Award CategoryWinnerFilm
Best FilmParvathamma Rajkumar (Producer)Janumada Jodi
Best DirectorT. S. NagabharanaJanumada Jodi
Best ActorShiva RajkumarNammoora Mandara Hoove
Best ActressShilpaJanumada Jodi
Best Music DirectorV. ManoharJanumada Jodi

Special Jury Award

The Filmfare Special Award South was not awarded in the 44th Filfmare Awards South (1997).

Lifetime Achievement Award

NameOccupation
Krishna
(Ghattamaneni Siva Rama Krishna)
Actor, Producer, Director
SharadaActress
Filmfare Lifetime Achievement (South) 1997

Most Awards-44th Filmfare Awards South (1997)

FilmLanugageAwards
Janumada JodiKannada4
Ninne PelladathaTelugu3
Thooval KottaramMalayalam3
IndianTamil2
Most Awards 44th Filmfare Awards South (1997)
  • Kannada Language film Janumada Jodi won four (4) awards.
    • The film won Best Film (Kannada), Best Director (Kannada), Best Actress (Kannada, and Best Music Director (Kannada).
    • T. S. Nagabharana won the Best Director (Kannada).
    • Shilpa won the Best Actress (Kannda).
    • V. Manohar won the Best Music Director (Kannada).
  • Telugu language film Ninne Pelladatha won three (3) awards.
    • The film won Best Film (Telugu), Best Director (Telugu), and Best Actress (Telugu).
    • Krishna Vamsi won the Best Director (Telugu).
    • Tabu won the Best Actress (Telugu).
  • Malayalam language film Thooval Kottaram won three (3) awards.
    • The film won Best Film, Best Director (Malayalam), and Best Actor (Malayalam).
    • Satyan Anthikad won the Best Director (Malayalam).
    • Jayaram won the Best Actor (Malayalam).
  • Tamil language film Indian won two (2) awards.
    • The film won Best Film (Tamil) and Best Actor (Tamil).
    • Kamal Haasan won the Best Actor (Tamil).

Highlights (44th Filmfare Awards South)

  • The Special Filmfare Award was not given this year.
    • Earlier the Filmfare Special Award South was not given from 1987 to 1995.
    • The award was presented after nine years in 1996. Akhil Akkineni received the award as a Child Artist in the 43rd Filmfare Awards South (1996).
  • Krishna (Ghattamaneni Siva Rama Krishna) and Sharada received the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award South in 44th Filmfare Awards South (1997).
  • Film Indian won the Best Film (Tamil) Award.
    • The film won two awards including Best Actor.
  • Film Ninne Pelladatha won the Best Film (Telugu) Award.
    • The film also won the second-most awards (3) including Best Actress (Telugu) and Best Music Director (Telugu).
  • Film Thooval Kottaram won the Best Film (Malayalam) Award.
    • The film also won three awards including Best Director (Malayalam) and Best Actor (Malayalam).
  • Film Janumada Jodi won the Best Film (Kannada) Award.
    • The film won the most awards (4) in the 44th Filmfare Awards South (1997) including Best Director, Best Actress, and Best Music Director.
  • Agathiyan won the Best Director (Tamil) Award for the film Kadhal Kottai.
    • Krishna Vamsi won the Best Director (Telugu) Award for the film Ninne Pelladatha.
    • Satyan Anthikad won the Best Director (Malayalam) Award for the film Thooval Kottaram.
    • T. S. Nagabharana won the Best Director Award (Kannada) for the film Janumada Jodi.
  • Kamal Haasan won the Best Actor (Tamil) Award for the film Indian.
    • Kamal Hassan won the Best Actor (Tamil) for the 2nd consecutive year.
    • He won the Best Actor (Tamil) Award for the film Kuruthipunal in the 43rd Filmfare Awards South (1996).
  • Venkatesh won the Best Actor (Telugu) Award for the film Dharma Chakram.
  • Jayaram won the Best Actor (Malayalam) Award for the film Thooval Kottaram.
  • Shiva Rajkumar won the Best Actor (Kannada) Award for the film Nammoora Mandara Hoove.
    • Shiva Rajkumar won the Best Actor (Kannada) for the 2nd consecutive year.
    • He won the Best Actor (Kannada) Award for the film Om.
  • Shruti won the Best Actress (Tamil) Award for the film Janumada Jodi in the 44th Filmfare Awards South (1997).
  • Tabu won the Best Actress Award (Telugu) for the film Ninne Pelladatha.
  • Manju Warrier won the Best Actress (Malayalam) Award for the film Ee Puzhayum Kadannu.
  • Shilpa won the Best Actress (Kannada) for the film Janumada Jodi.
  • A.R. Rahman won Best Music Director (Tamil) for the film Kadhal Desam in the 44th Filmfare Awards (1997).
    • A.R. Rahman won the Best Music Director (Tamil) for the 5th consecutive year.
    • He won the Best Music Director (Tamil) for the film Roja in the 40th Filmfare Awards South (1993).
    • He won Best Music Director (Tamil) for the film Gentleman in the 41st Filmfare Awards South (1994).
    • He also won Best Music Director (Tamil) for the film Kadhalan in the 42nd Filmfare Awards (1995).
    • Thereafter, he won Best Music Director (Tamil) for the film Bombay in the 43rd Filmfare Awards (1996).
    • By winning these awards A.R. Rahman became the first person to win five (5) consecutive wins in any category of Filmfare Awards South.
  • M. M. Keeravani won the Best Music Director (Telugu) Award for the film Pelli Sandadi in the 44th Filmfare Awards South (1997).
  • Kaithapram Damodaran Namboothiri won the Best Music Director (Malayalam) Award for the film Desadanam.
  • V. Manohar won the Best Music Director (Kannada) Award for the film Janumada Jodi.
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