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"FilmFare" redirects here. For the British production company and animation studio, see FilmFair.
Famous stars grace the cover of the February 2006 issue.
Frequency Bi-weekly
Circulation 1.4 lakhs
First issue 1952[1]
Company Worldwide Media
Based in Mumbai
Language English

Filmfare is an English-language, tabloid-sized magazine about Hindi-language cinema (which is popularly known as Bollywood). The magazine is published by The Times Group, India's largest media services conglomerate. Filmfare is the most popular entertainment magazine in India.[citation needed]


Vyjayanthimala on the cover of a 1963 issue

Filmfare was originally a part of The Times Group, India's largest media services conglomerate, which also publishes The Times of India, The Economic Times, Navbharat Times and Maharashtra Times. In 2005 Filmfare and some other publications, most notably Femina, were split off into a subsidiary. The new ownership, Worldwide Media, is a 50:50 joint venture between The Times Group and BBC Magazines, the publishing division of BBC Worldwide.

Filmfare has created two motion picture awards: the Filmfare Awards for movies in Hindi, and the Filmfare Awards South for movies in the Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil, and Telugu languages.

Regular segments[edit]

Dev Anand on the cover of the 13 December 1963 issue
Hindi film industry (HiFi) news; reports about the latest quarrels between actors; celebrity gossip and hearsay.
Big Ticket
Previews of upcoming films, and reviews of current ones. Short prose with an array of photos.
Fashion Play
A copy editor at Filmfare says that Bollywood actors read this segment because it provides current opinions of their fashion sense.[citation needed] Stars are prominently branded "hot" or "not" depending on their fashion quota.
Photo Shoots
Photo series by famed photographers, such as Munna S, Dabboo Ratnani, and Atul Kasbekar—often with a theme.
Future Stock
Speculations about which up-and-coming actors, musicians, and directors will rise to stardom.
Generation Next
Trivia about younger stars.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Press in India, Issue 33. Office of the Registrar of Newspapers. 1989. p. 75. 

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