(Last Updated on : 22/01/2016)
The Filmfare Award for Best Director is presented in Filmfare Awards
to the director
who with his/ her vision and intellect crafts the finest all-round Hindi motion picture
. One of the principal Filmfare awards, it was introduced at the inception of the awards in 1954, to recognise and honour the work and craftsmanship of movie directors.
Prominent Records in Filmfare Award for Best Director
The Filmfare Award for Best Director has been presented maximum number of times to noted realistic and socialistic film director Bimal Roy
, who was nominated in the category 7 times and had won each time. He was recognised with the award for his works in the 50s and early 60s comprising Do Bigha Zamin, Parineeta, Madhumati, Sujata and others. He also holds the distinctive record of winning the award three years in a row on two separate occasions (from 1954 to 1956 and 1959 to 1961).
Prominent Hindi film industry directors Yash Chopra
, Raj Kapoor
and Sanjay Leela Bhansali
have been conferred the award 4 times each. Yash Chopra holds the record for maximum number of nominations with 12. Raj Kapoor and Sanjay Leela Bhansali have been nominated a total of 6 times along with Mahesh Bhatt
who has never won on any of the six occasions.
and Zoya Akhtar
are the only two women directors to have won this award, for their films Sparsh
in 1985 and Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara in 2012.
is the only director who has won the Best Director award for his very first two films, Ghayal
in 1991 and Damini in 1994.
Filmfare Award for Best Director at 61st Filmfare Awards
The 61st edition of Filmfare Awards held in January, 2016, recognised 6 notable directors for their films of 2015. The nominees were Sanjay Leela Bhansali for Bajirao Mastani, Kabir Khan
for Bajrangi Bhaijaan, Anand L. Rai for Tanu Weds Manu Returns, Meghna Gulzar for Talvar, Shoojit Sircar for Piku and Sriram Raghavan for Badlapur.
The award was presented to Sanjay Leela Bhansali for the film Bajirao Mastani, which is a beautiful and engaging portrayal of the love story of Maratha Peshwa
(emperor) and warrior Baji Rao I
and his second wife Mastani.
List of Winners of Filmfare Award for Best Director
The winning directors of the Filmfare Award for Best Director from 1990 to 2016 and their respective films are listed hereunder.