Filmfare Award for Best Director

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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.


Yash Chopra holds the record of highest nominations (12) for this award
Category Name Superlative Year(s) Notes
Most Awards Bimal Roy 7 awards 1954–1964 Awards resulted from 7 nominations
Most Nominations Yash Chopra 12 nominations 1966–2005 Nominations resulted in 4 awards
Most Nominations without a Win Mahesh Bhatt 6 nominations 1984–1994

Bimal Roy leads the winners with seven Best Director Filmfare awards, followed by Raj Kapoor and Yash Chopra, with four apiece. Chopra has the most nominations, 12, followed by Roy with 7, and Raj Kapoor, Gulzar, Subhash Ghai and Mahesh Bhatt with 6 nominations each.

Bimal Roy also has the distinction of winning the award thrice in a row, on two separate occasions (1954–1956 and 1959–1961). Mahesh Bhatt is the only other director to have been nominated thrice in a row (1984–1986). 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[edit]

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[edit]

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.








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