Inspiration of the FILMFARE Black lady

Filmfare awards have successfully completed its 65th year in 2020. They were first introduced in 1954 and since then have distributed different awards in various categories like

  • Merit award
  • Critics award
  • Special Awards
  • Technical awards


The statuette, depicting a woman whose arms are upraised in a dance number with her fingers touching, is commonly referred to as “The Black Lady” (or “The Lady in Black”). Originally designed by N.G. Pansare under the supervision of Times of India‘s art director Walter Langhammer, it is generally made of bronze, its height is 46.5 cm and it weighs around five kg.

To celebrate the 25th year of the awards, the statues were made in silver and to celebrate the 50th year the statues were made in gold.

The Clares was the original name of the filmfare award ceremony, named after The Times of India critic Clare Mendonca and the award trophy symbolizes the lady.

Following the tradition of the American Academy, the specially designed Filmfare Award Trophy was also given a nick-name “Clare” just like “Oscar” in the west. And it was named in the memory of late Miss Clare Mendonca, film critic of The Times of India who had just passed away the previous year. The artistic statue was designed by N. G. Pansare (a well known sculptor from Bombay) along with Professor Walter Langhammer (Head of Art Department of The TOI) and had a figure of a dancer lost its own musical ecstasy made in solid bronze.


In the first awards function, held on 21 March 1954 at the Metro Theatre of Mumbai, only five awards were presented: Best FilmBest DirectorBest ActorBest Actress, and Best Music Director. Do Bigha Zameen was the first movie to win the award for Best Film. The first winners for other four categories were: Bimal Roy for his direction of Do Bigha ZameenDilip Kumar for his performance in DaagMeena Kumari for her performance in Baiju Bawra, and Naushad Ali for his music in Baiju Bawra.

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