Filmfare Best Director Award: List

Superlatives

Yash Chopra holds the record of highest nominations (12) for this award Category Name Superlative Year(s) Notes
Most Awards Bimal Roy 7 awards 19541964 Awards resulted from 7 nominations
Most Nominations Yash Chopra 12 nominations 19662005 Nominations resulted in 4 awards
Most Nominations without a Win Mahesh Bhatt 6 nominations 19841994

Bimal Roy has the record of winning most awards (7) and distinction of winning the award thrice in a row, on two separate occasions (19541956 and 19591961). He won the award whenever he was nominated. Yash Chopra received 12 nominations and won 4 awards. Mahesh Bhatt is the only other director to have been nominated thrice in a row (19841986). 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 is the first of two women to have ever won the Best Director award, the second being Zoya Akhtar . She won it for Sparsh in 1985. Paranjpye had earlier been nominated for Chashme Buddoor in 1982. Other women directors to have been nominated are Mira Nair for Salaam Bombay! in 1990 and Farah Khan for Main Hoon Na in 2005 and for Om Shanti Om in 2008.

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

Only once have two siblings been nominated in the same year; Zoya Akhtar and Farhan Akhtar in 2011.

Multiple nominations

The following 48 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).

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.

Year Director Film
1954

(2nd)

Bimal Roy Do Bigha Zameen
1955

(3rd)

Bimal Roy Parineeta
1956

(4th)

Bimal Roy Biraj Bahu
Satyen Bose Jagriti
Sohrab modi Kundan
1957

(5th)

V. Shantaram Jhanak Jhanak Paayal Baaje
1958

(6th)

Mehboob Khan Mother India
1959

(7th)

Bimal Roy Madhumati
B. R. Chopra Sadhna
Mahesh Kaul Talaaq
1960

(8th)

Bimal Roy Sujata
L. V. Prasad Chhoti Bahen
V. Shantaram Navrang
1961

(9th)

Bimal Roy Parakh
K. Asif Mughal-e-Azam
Kishore Sahu Dil Apna Aur Preet Parai
1962

(10th)

B. R. Chopra Kanoon
Nitin Bose Gunga Jumna
Radhu Karmakar Jis Desh Men Ganga Behti Hai
1963

(11th)

Abrar Alvi Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam
Biren Nag Bees Saal Baad
Mehboob Khan Son of India
1964

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