50th Filmfare Awards South (2003)

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The 50th Filmfare Awards South (2003) is a segment of the annual Filmfare Awards South. The ceremony was held in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India on 24 May 2003.

Post Content:

  1. Venue
  2. About Filmfare Awards South
  3. Introduction of Filmfare Awards South
  4. Introduction of New Categories
  5. List of Winners-50th Filmfare Awards South
  6. Most Awards and Nominations
  7. Special Jury Award
  8. Filmfare Awards for Best Female Debut-South
  9. Filmfare Awards for Best Male Debut-South
  10. Filmfare Award for Best Playback Singer-South
  11. Filmfare Award for Best Cinematographer-South
  12. Filmfare Award for Best Choreographer-South
  13. Filmfare Awards for Best Art Director-South
  14. Lifetime Achievement Award
  15. Technical Awards
  16. Awards Highlights

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.

The award function started to be held in Chennai and Hyderabad in alternate years since the 43rd Filmfare Awards South (1996).

The 50th Filmfare Awards South (2003) were held at the Gachibowli Indoor Stadium, Hyderbad, Andhra Pradesh, India on 24 May 2003.

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).

Three new categories were introduced in the 45th Filmfare Awards South (1998).

  • Filmfare Award South for Best Cinematography.
  • Filmfare Award South for Best Choreography.
  • Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut South.

Two new new categories were introduced in the 46th Filmfare Awards South (1999).

  • Filmfare Award for Best Playback Singer-South
  • Filmfare Award for Best Art Director-South.

Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut-South was introduced in the 48th Filmfare Awards South (2001). Earlier the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut-South was introduced in the 45th Filmfare Awards-South (1998).

Four new award categories were introduced in the 50th Filmfare Awards South for Tamil and Telugu Cinema. These categories were Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Villain, and Best Comedian.

List of Winners-50th Filmfare Awards South (2003)

Nominees and Winners of Tamil Cinema Awards

+ indicates winner

Award CategoryWinnerFilm
Best Film+Udhaya Geetha (Producer)Azhagi
Best Director+Mani RatnamKannathil Muthamittal
Best Actor+Ajith KumarVillain
R. MadhavanKannathil Muthamittal
Best Actress+SimranKannathil Muthamittal
Best Supporting Actor+JayaramPanchathantiram
Best Supporting Actress+SnehaUnnai Ninaithu
Best Comedian+VivekRun
Best Villain+Kalabhavan ManiGemini
Best Music Director+BharathwajGemini

Nominees and Winners of Telugu Cinema Awards

+ indicates winner

Award CategoryWinnerFilm
Best Film+K. L. Narayana
(Producer)
Santhosham
Teja (Producer)Jayam
Nagarjuna Akkineni (Producer)Manmadhudu
C. Ashwini Dutt (Producer)Indra
Best Director+Krishna VamsiKhadgam
V. V. VinayakAadi
TejaJayam
Puri Jagannadh Idiot
Best Actor+ChiranjeeviIndra
Jr. NTRAadi
NagarjunaSanthosham
Uday KiranNee Sneham
Best Actress+SadhaJayam
KalyaniAvunu Valliddaru Ishtapaddaru
Shriya SaranSanthosham
Aarthi AgarwalNuvvu Leka Nenu Lenu
Best Supporting Actor+Prakash RajNuvve Nuvve
Prakash RajKhadgam
Ravi Teja
HarikrishnaLahiri Lahiri Lahirilo
Best Supporting Actress+Sangeeta Khadgam
BhanupriyaLahiri Lahiri Lahirilo
Gracy SinghSanthosham
AnshuManmadhudu
Best Comedian+Brahmanandam Manmadhudu
Kondavalasa Lakshmana RaoAvunu Valliddaru Ishtapaddaru
Suman SettyJayam
SunilNuvvu Leka Nenu Lenu
Best Villain+Shafi Khadgam
GopichandJayam
Rajan P. DevAadi
Mukesh RishiIndra
Best Music Director+R. P. PatnaikSanthosham
R. P. PatnaikJayam
Mani SharmaIndra
ChakriAvunu Valliddaru Ishtapaddaru
Harris Jayaraj Vasu

Nominees and Winners of Malayalam Cinema Awards

+ indicates winner

Award CategoryWinnerFilm
Best Film+Siddique (Producer)Nandanam
+Ranjith (Producer)
Best Director+Lal JoseMeesa Madhavan
Best Actor+DileepMeesa Madhavan
Best Actress+Navya NairNandanam
Best Music Director+VidyasagarMeesa Madhavan

Nominees and Winners of Kannada Cinema Awards

+ indicates winner

Award CategoryWinnerFilm
Best Film+Soundarya (Producer)Dweepa
Best Director+Girish KasaravalliDweepa
Best Actor+SudeepNandhi
Best Actress+SoundaryaDweepa
Best Music Director+GurukiranDhumm

Special Jury Award

The Filmfare Special Award was not presented in the 49th Filmfare Awards (2002) for the 2nd consecutive year.

Lifetime Achievement Award

NameOccupation
K. Raghavendra RaoDirector, Producer, Screen Writer
VishnuvardhanActor
Filmfare Lifetime Achievement (South) 2003

Technical Awards

Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut-South

  • Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut-South was first introduced in the 45th Filmfare Awards-South (1998).
  • Simran became the first winner of the award.
  • She won the award for the Tamil language films Nerukku Ner, Once More, and VIP.
  • Reemma Sen received the award in the 49th Filmfare Awards South (2002) for the Tamil language film Minnale.
  • The Best Female Debut-South was not awarded in the 50th Filmfare Awards (2003).

Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut-South

  • Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut-South was first introduced in the 48th Filmfare Awards-South (2001).
  • R. Madhavan became the first winner of the award.
  • He won the award for the Tamil language film Alaipayuthey.
  • The Best Male Debut-South was not awarded in the 49th Filmfare Awards (2002).
  • Nithiin won the award for the Telugu language film Jayam.

Filmfare Award for Best Playback Singer-South

  • Filmfare Best Playback Singer-South was first introduced in the 45th Filmfare Awards-South (1998).
  • Mano won the award for the Song “Rukuruku Rukmini” from the Telugu language film Pelli.
  • Anuradha Sriram won the Best Playback Singer-South in the 50th Filmfare Awards South (2003).
  • She won the award for the Tamil language film Gemini.

Filmfare Award for Best Cinematographer-South

  • Filmfare Best Cinematographer-South was first introduced in the 45th Filmfare Awards-South (1998).
  • Santosh Sivan became the first winner of the Award.
  • He won the award for the Tamil language film Iruvar.
  • Ravi K. Chandran won the Best Cinematographer-South in the 50th Filmfare Awards South (2003).
  • He won the award for the Tamil language film Kannathil Muthamittal.

Filmfare Award for Best Dance Choreographer-South

  • Filmfare Award for Best Dance Choreographer South was first introduced in the 45th Filmfare Awards-South (1998).
  • Brinda Master became the first person to received the award
  • She won the award for the Telugu language film Preminchukundam Raa.
  • Raghava Lawrence won the Award for the Telugu language film Indra in the 50th Filmfare Awards (2003)
  • He won the Best Choreographer Award for the 3rd consecutive year.
  • Raghava Lawrence won the Award for the Telugu language film Annayya in the 48th Filmfare Awards (2001).
  • Raghava Lawrence also won the Award for the Tamil language film Annayya in the 49th Filmfare Awards (2002) for the 2nd consecutive year.

Filmfare Award for Best Art Director-South

  • Filmfare Award for Best Art Director South was first introduced in the 46th Filmfare Awards-South (1999).
  • Thotta Tharani won the award for the Telugu language film Choodalani Vundi.
  • Filmfare Award for Best Art Director-South was not awarded in the 50th Filmfare Awards South (2003) for the 4th consecutive year.

Most Nominations and Most Awards-50th Filmfare Awards South (2003)

Most Awards-Tamil Cinema

FilmAwardsNominations
Kannathil Muthamittal23
Gemini22

Most Nominations-Tamil Cinema

FilmNominationsAwards
Kannathil Muthamittal32
Gemini22

Highlights-Most Awards and Most Nominations (Tamil Cinema)

  • Tamil language films Kannathil Muthamittal and Gemini won the most awards (Tamil Cinema) in the 50th Filmfare Awards South (2003).
    • Both Films won two (2) awards each.
  • Film Kannathil Muthamittal received three (3) nominations.
    • The film received nominations for Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Actress.
    • Mani Ratnam won the award for Best Director (Tamil).
    • Simran won the Award for Best Actress (Tamil).
    • R. Madhavan received a nomination for the Best Actor Award.
  • By receiving three (3) nominations Kannathil Muthamittal became the most nominated film in the 50th Filmfare Awards South (2003).
  • Film Gemini received two (2) nominations and won both of them.
    • The film received nominations for Best Music Director and the newly introduced category Best Villain.
    • Bharathwaj won the award for Best Music Director (Tamil).
    • Kalabhavan Mani won the award for Best Villain (Tamil).
  • Film Azhagi received one nomination for the Best Film and won the same.
  • Ajith Kumar won the award for Best Actor (Tamil).
    • He won the award for the film Villain.
  • Jayaram won the award for the newly introduced category Best Supporting Actor (Tamil).
    • He won the award for the film Panchathantiram.
  • Sneha won the award for the newly introduced category Best Supporting Actress (Tamil).
    • She won the award for the film Unnai Ninaithu.
  • Vivek won the award for the newly introduced category Best Comedian (Tamil).
    • He won the award for the film Run.

Most Awards-Telugu Cinema

FilmAwardsNominations
Khadgam34
Indra25
Santhosham25
Jayam16
Manmadhudu13

Most Nominations-Telugu Cinema

FilmNominationsAwards
Jayam61
Indra52
Santhosham52
Khadgam43
Manmadhudu31
Aadi30
Avunu Valliddaru Ishtapaddaru30
Nuvvu Leka Nenu Lenu20
Lahiri Lahiri Lahirilo20

Highlights-Most Awards and Most Nominations (Telugu)

  • Telugu language film Khadgam won the most awards (3) [Telugu Cinema] in the 50th Filmfare Awards South (2003).
    • Film Khadgam received four (4) nominations and won three (3) of them.
    • The film received nominations for Best Director, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Villain.
    • Krishna Vamsi won the award for Best Director (Telugu).
    • Sangeeta won the award for Best Supporting Actress (Telugu).
    • Shafi won the award for Best Villain (Telugu).
  • Film Jayam received six (6) nominations.
    • The film received nominations for Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Comedian, Best Villain, and Best Music Director.
    • However, the film won only one (1) award.
    • Sadha won the award for Best Actress (Telugu).
  • By receiving six (6) nominations Jayam became the most nominated film in the 50th Filmfare Awards South (2003).
    • Jayam also became the first film to receive six (6) nominations in the Filmfare Awards South.
  • Film Indra and Santhosham both received the second-highest nominations in the 50th Filmfare Awards South.
    • Both films won two (2) awards each.
  • Film Indra received four nominations for Best Film, Best Actor, Best Villain, and Best Music Director.
    • The film won one award out of these four nominations.
    • Chiranjeevi won the award for Best Actor (Telugu).
    • However, Raghava Lawrence received the nomination and won the award for Best Dance Choreographer for the film Indra.
    • Thus, the nominations and wins of Indra became 5 and 2 respectively.
  • Film Santhosham received nominations for Best Film, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Music Director.
    • Santhosham won the awards for Best Film and Best Music Director (Telugu).
    • R.P. Patnaik received two nominations in the category of Best Music Director (Telugu).
    • He received nominations for the films Santoshan and Jayam and won for Santosham.
    • R.P. Patnaik won the Best Music Director (Telugu) for the 2nd consecutive year.
    • He won the award for Nuvvu Nenu in the 49th Filmfare Awards (2002).
  • Film Aadi and Avunu Valliddaru Ishtapaddaru received two (2) nominations each.
    • Both the films could not win any awards.
  • Film Nuvvu Leka Nenu Lenu and Lahiri Lahiri Lahirilo received two (2) nominations each.
    • Both films also failed to win any awards.

Most Awards-Malayalam Cinema

FilmAwards
Meesa Madhavan3
Nandanam2

Most Nominations-Malayalam Cinema

FilmNominations
Meesa Madhavan3
Nandanam2

Highlights-Most Awards and Most Nominations (Malayalam Cinema)

  • Malayalam language film Meesa Madhavan won the most awards (3) [Malayalam Cinema] in the 50th Filmfare Awards South (2003).
    • The film won in the categories of Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Music Director.
    • Lal Jose won the award for Best Director (Malayalam).
    • Dileep won the award for Best Actor (Malayalam).
    • Vidyasagar won the award for Best Music Director (Malayalam).
  • Film Nandanam won two (2) awards.
    • The film won Best Film and Best Actress.
    • Navya Nair won the award for Best Actress (Malayalam).

Most Awards-Kannada Cinema

FilmAwards
Dweepa3
Nandhi1
Dhumm1

Most Nominations-Kannada Cinema

FilmNominations
Dweepa3
Nandhi1
Dhumm1

Highlights-Most Awards and Most Nominations (Kannada Cinema)

  • Film Dweepa won the most awards (Kannada Cinema) in the 50th Filmfare Awards South (2003).
    • The film won Best Film, Best Director and Best Actress.
    • Girish Kasaravalli won the award for Best Director (Kannada).
    • Soundarya won the award for Best Actress (Kannada).
  • Sudeep won the Best Actor (Kannada) for the film Nandhi.
    • He won the award for Best Actor (Kannada) for the 2nd consecutive year.
    • Sudeep won the award for Best Actor (Kannada) for the film Huchcha in the 49th Filmfare Awards South (2002).
  • Gurukiran won the award for the Best Music Director (Kannada) for the film Dhumm.
    • He won the award for the Best Music Director (Kannada) for the 2nd consecutive year.
    • Gurukiran won the award for the Best Music Director (Kannada) for the film Chithra in the 49th Filmfare Awards South (2002).
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