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ⓘ Filmfare Award for Best Director




Filmfare Award for Best Director
                                     

ⓘ Filmfare Award for Best Director

The Filmfare Best Director Award is one of the main awards presented given by the annual Filmfare Awards to recognise directors working in the Hindi film Industry. It was first presented in 1954 in the inaugural year.

                                     

1. Superlatives

Bimal Roy has the record of winning most Awards 7 and distinction of winning the Award thrice in a row, on two separate occasions 1954–1956 and 1959–1961. He won the Award whenever he was nominated. Yash Chopra, Raj Kapoor and Sanjay Leela Bhansali have received the Award four times each. Yash Chopra received 12 nominations, while Raj Kapoor and Sanjay Leela Bhansali have received 6 nominations each. Mahesh Bhatt was nominated thrice in a row 1984–1986. However, he hasnt received any Award even after receiving 6 nominations. Also, no Director has ever won if one has been nominated twice in the same year – Gulzar in 1974, Basu Chatterjee in 1977 and Hrishikesh Mukherjee in 1980.

Sai Paranjpye was the first of four women to have won this Award, the second being Zoya Akhtar, the third being Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari, and the fourth being Meghna Gulzar. Sai Paranjpye won it for Sparsh in 1985. Paranjpye had earlier been nominated for Chashme Buddoor in 1982. Zoya Akhtar won it for Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara in 2012. Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari won it for Bareilly Ki Barfi in 2018. And Meghna Gulzar won it in for Raazi in 2019, after previously being nominated in 2016 for Talvar. Other women Directors to have been nominated are Mira Nair for Salaam Bombay! in 1990, Farah Khan for Main Hoon Na in 2005 and for Om Shanti Om in 2008, and Gauri Shinde for English Vinglish.

Rajkumar Santoshi remains the only Director to have won the Award for his first two films, Ghayal and Damini

Nitesh Tiwari and Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari are the only married couple to win the award. Nitesh Tiwari won the award for Dangal in 2017 and Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari won the award for Bareilly Ki Barfi in 2018.

Only once have two siblings been nominated in the same year; Zoya Akhtar and Farhan Akhtar in 2012.

                                     

2. Multiple nominations

The following Directors have received multiple Best Director nominations. The list is sorted by the number of total awards with the number of total nominations listed in parentheses.

                                     

3. Winner and nominees

In the list below, the winner of the award for each year is shown first, followed by the other nominees. The films are listed by the years when the award was presented. The announcing of nominations became regular after 1959.

                                     

3.1. Winner and nominees 1950s

  • 1957 V. Shantaram – Jhanak Payal Baaje
  • 1958 Mehboob Khan – Mother India
  • 1954 Bimal Roy – Do Bigha Zamin
  • 1955 Bimal Roy – Parineeta
  • 1956 Bimal Roy – Biraj Bahu
  • 1959 Bimal Roy – Madhumati
                                     

3.2. Winner and nominees 1960s

  • V. Shantaram – Navrang
  • L. V. Prasad – Chhoti Bahen
  • 1960 Bimal Roy – Sujata
  • K. Asif – Mughal-e-Azam
  • 1961 Bimal Roy – Parakh
  • Kishore Sahu – Dil Apna Aur Preet Parai
  • Radhu Karmakar – Jis Desh Men Ganga Behti Hai
  • 1962 B. R. Chopra – Kanoon
  • Nitin Bose – Gunga Jumna
  • Biren Nag – Bees Saal Baad
  • 1963 Abrar Alvi – Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam
  • Mehboob Khan – Son of India
  • B. R. Chopra – Gumrah
  • 1964 Bimal Roy – Bandini
  • C. V. Sridhar – Dil Ek Mandir
  • 1965 Raj Kapoor – Sangam
  • Satyen Bose – Dosti
  • Khwaja Ahmad Abbas – Shehar Aur Sapna
  • Ramanand Sagar – Arzoo
  • Chetan Anand – Haqeeqat
  • 1966 Yash Chopra – Waqt
  • 1967 Vijay Anand – Guide
  • Hrishikesh Mukherjee – Anupama
  • Asit Sen – Mamta
  • A. Subba Rao – Milan
  • 1968 Manoj Kumar – Upkar
  • A. Bhimsingh – Mehrban
  • Ram Maheshwari – Neel Kamal
  • Bhappi Soni – Brahmachari
  • 1969 Ramanand Sagar – Ankhen


                                     

3.3. Winner and nominees 1980s

  • Hrishikesh Mukherjee – Gol Maal
  • Yash Chopra – Kaala Patthar
  • Hrishikesh Mukherjee – Jurmana
  • Manmohan Krishna – Noorie
  • 1980 Shyam Benegal – Junoon
  • Esmayeel Shroff – Thodisi Bewafaii
  • Hrishikesh Mukherjee – Khubsoorat
  • 1981 Govind Nihalani – Aakrosh
  • B. R. Chopra – Insaaf Ka Tarazu
  • J. Om Prakash – Aasha
  • 1982 Muzaffar Ali – Umrao Jaan
  • K. Balachander – Ek Duuje Ke Liye
  • Sai Paranjpye – Chashme Buddoor
  • Shyam Benegal – Kalyug
  • Rabindra Dharamraj – Chakra
  • Ramesh Talwar – Baseraa
  • Sagar Sarhadi – Bazaar
  • Ramesh Sippy – Shakti
  • 1983 Raj Kapoor – Prem Rog
  • Subhash Ghai – Vidhaata
  • B. R. Chopra – Nikaah
  • Shekhar Kapur – Masoom
  • Mahesh Bhatt – Arth
  • Rahul Rawail – Betaab
  • 1984 Govind Nihalani – Ardh Satya
  • Mohan Kumar – Avtaar
  • 1985 Sai Paranjpye – Sparsh
  • Ravi Chopra – Aaj Ki Awaaz
  • Kundan Shah – Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro
  • Prakash Mehra – Sharaabi
  • Mahesh Bhatt – Saaransh
  • Rahul Rawail – Arjun
  • Mahesh Bhatt – Janam
  • Ramesh Sippy – Saagar
  • 1986 Raj Kapoor – Ram Teri Ganga Maili
  • 1989 Mansoor Khan – Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak
  • Rakesh Roshan – Khoon Bhari Maang
  • 1987 No Award
  • N. Chandra – Tezaab
  • 1988 No Award


                                     

3.4. Winner and nominees 1990s

  • Mira Nair – Salaam Bombay!
  • Sooraj Barjatya – Maine Pyar Kiya
  • Yash Chopra – Chandni
  • 1990 Vidhu Vinod Chopra – Parinda
  • Subhash Ghai – Ram Lakhan
  • 1991 Rajkumar Santoshi – Ghayal
  • Mahesh Bhatt – Aashiqui
  • Mukul Anand – Agneepath
  • Ravi Raja Pinisetty – Pratibandh
  • Yash Chopra – Lamhe
  • Mahesh Bhatt – Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin
  • 1992 Subhash Ghai – Saudagar
  • Randhir Kapoor – Henna
  • Lawrence DSouza – Saajan
  • Mansoor Khan – Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar
  • 1993 Mukul S. Anand – Khuda Gawah
  • Indra Kumar – Beta
  • Subhash Ghai – Khalnayak
  • 1994 Rajkumar Santoshi – Damini
  • David Dhawan – Aankhen
  • Yash Chopra – Darr
  • Mahesh Bhatt – Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke
  • Mehul Kumar – Krantiveer
  • Vidhu Vinod Chopra – 1942: A Love Story
  • Rajkumar Santoshi – Andaz Apna
  • Rajiv Rai – Mohra
  • 1995 Sooraj Barjatya – Hum Aapke Hain Koun.!
  • Mansoor Khan – Akele Hum Akele Tum
  • Indra Kumar – Raja
  • Ram Gopal Varma – Rangeela
  • Rakesh Roshan – Karan Arjun
  • 1996 Aditya Chopra – Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge
  • Partho Ghosh – Agni Sakshi
  • Dharmesh Darshan – Raja Hindustani
  • Gulzar – Maachis
  • 1997 Shekhar Kapur – Bandit Queen
  • Rajkumar Santoshi – Ghatak
  • Priyadarshan – Virasat
  • 1998 J. P. Dutta – Border
  • Subhash Ghai – Pardes
  • Yash Chopra – Dil To Pagal Hai
  • Rajiv Rai – Gupt
  • Vikram Bhatt – Ghulam
  • 1999 Karan Johar – Kuch Hota Hai
  • Ram Gopal Varma – Satya
  • Sohail Khan – Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya
  • Abbas-Mustan – Soldier
                                     

3.5. Winner and nominees 2000s

  • Subhash Ghai – Taal
  • David Dhawan – Biwi No.1
  • John Matthew Matthan – Sarfarosh
  • 2000 Sanjay Leela Bhansali – Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam
  • Mahesh Manjrekar – Vaastav
  • Vidhu Vinod Chopra – Mission Kashmir
  • 2001 Rakesh Roshan – Kaho Naa. Pyaar Hai
  • Dharmesh Darshan – Dhadkan
  • Mansoor Khan – Josh
  • Aditya Chopra – Mohabbatein
  • Santosh Sivan – Asoka
  • Farhan Akhtar – Dil Chahta Hai
  • Karan Johar – Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham.
  • 2002 Ashutosh Gowariker – Lagaan
  • Anil Sharma – Gadar: Ek Prem Katha
  • Vikram Bhatt – Raaz
  • Abbas-Mustan – Humraaz
  • 2003 Sanjay Leela Bhansali – Devdas
  • Sanjay Gupta – Kaante
  • Ram Gopal Varma – Company
  • 2004 Rakesh Roshan – Koi. Mil Gaya
  • Satish Kaushik – Tere Naam
  • Ram Gopal Varma – Bhoot
  • Nikhil Advani – Kal Ho Naa Ho
  • Rajkumar Hirani – Munna Bhai M.B.B.S.
  • J. P. Dutta – LOC Kargil
  • Rajkumar Santoshi – Khakee
  • Ashutosh Gowariker – Swades
  • Farhan Akhtar – Lakshya
  • 2005 Kunal Kohli – Hum Tum
  • Farah Khan – Main Hoon Na
  • Yash Chopra – Veer-Zaara
  • 2006 Sanjay Leela Bhansali – Black
  • Ram Gopal Varma – Sarkar
  • Madhur Bhandarkar – Page 3
  • Pradeep Sarkar – Parineeta
  • Nagesh Kukunoor – Iqbal
  • Vishal Bhardwaj – Omkara
  • Rakesh Roshan – Krrish
  • Rajkumar Hirani – Lage Raho Munna Bhai
  • Karan Johar – Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna
  • Sanjay Gadhvi – Dhoom 2
  • 2007 Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra – Rang De Basanti
  • Farah Khan – Om Shanti Om
  • 2008 Aamir Khan – Taare Zameen Par
  • Imtiaz Ali – Jab We Met
  • Mani Ratnam – Guru
  • Anurag Basu – Life in a. Metro
  • Shimit Amin – Chak De! India
  • Aditya Chopra – Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi
  • 2009 Ashutosh Gowariker – Jodhaa Akbar
  • Neeraj Pandey – A Wednesday!
  • Abhishek Kapoor – Rock On!!
  • A. R. Murugadoss – Ghajini
  • Madhur Bhandarkar – Fashion
                                     

3.6. Winner and nominees 2010s

  • Vishal Bhardwaj – Kaminey
  • 2010 Rajkumar Hirani – 3 Idiots
  • R. Balki – Paa
  • Anurag Kashyap – Dev.D
  • Ayan Mukerji – Wake Up Sid
  • Imtiaz Ali – Love Aaj Kal
  • 2011 Karan Johar – My Name Is Khan
  • Manish Sharma – Band Baaja Baaraat
  • Abhinav Kashyap – Dabangg
  • Sanjay Leela Bhansali – Guzaarish
  • Vikramaditya Motwane – Udaan
  • Raj Kumar Gupta – No One Killed Jessica
  • Abhinay Deo – Delhi Belly
  • Farhan Akhtar – Don 2
  • Milan Luthria – The Dirty Picture
  • 2012 Zoya Akhtar – Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
  • Imtiaz Ali – Rockstar
  • Anurag Kashyap – Gangs of Wasseypur
  • Gauri Shinde – English Vinglish
  • Shoojit Sircar – Vicky Donor
  • 2013 Sujoy Ghosh – Kahaani
  • Anurag Basu – Barfi!
  • Sanjay Leela Bhansali – Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela
  • 2014 Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra – Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
  • Anand L. Rai – Raanjhanaa
  • Rohit Shetty – Chennai Express
  • Ayan Mukerji – Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani
  • Abhishek Kapoor – Kai Po Che!
  • Anurag Kashyap – Ugly
  • Vishal Bhardwaj – Haider
  • 2015 Vikas Bahl – Queen
  • Abhishek Varman – 2 States
  • Rajkumar Hirani – PK
  • Sriram Raghavan – Badlapur
  • Anand L. Rai – Tanu Weds Manu Returns
  • 2016 Sanjay Leela Bhansali – Bajirao Mastani
  • Meghna Gulzar – Talvar
  • Shoojit Sircar – Piku
  • Kabir Khan – Bajrangi Bhaijaan
  • Shakun Batra - Kapoor & Sons
  • 2017 Nitesh Tiwari – Dangal
  • Ali Abbas Zafar – Sultan
  • Abhishek Chaubey – Udta Punjab
  • Ram Madhvani - Neerja
  • Karan Johar – Ae Dil Hai Mushkil
  • Saket Chaudhary – Hindi Medium
  • Shree Narayan Singh - Toilet: Ek Prem Katha
  • Shashank Khaitan – Badrinath Ki Dulhania
  • Advait Chandan - Secret Superstar
  • 2018 Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari – Bareilly Ki Barfi
  • 2019 Meghna Gulzar – Raazi
  • Sriram Raghavan – Andhadhun
  • Amar Kaushik - Stree
  • Rajkumar Hirani – Sanju
  • Amit Sharma – Badhaai Ho
  • Sanjay Leela Bhansali – Padmaavat
                                     

3.7. Winner and nominees 2020s

  • Nitesh Tiwari – Chhichhore
  • Jagan Shakti – Mission Mangal
  • Aditya Dhar – Uri: The Surgical Strike
  • Siddharth Anand – War
  • 2020 Zoya Akhtar – Gully Boy
                                     
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