The Filmfare Award for Best Actress is given by Filmfare as part of its annual Filmfare Awards for Hindi films, to recognise a female actor who has delivered an outstanding performance in a leading role. The award was first given in 1954 for the films released in preceding year 1953.
There has been only one tie in the history of this category. This occurred in 1974 when Jaya Bachchan and Dimple Kapadia were both given the award.
Madhuri Dixit holds the record for maximum nominations (14), followed by Meena Kumari (12) and Hema Malini / Kajol (11). Dixit also holds the record for most consecutive nominations with 10 between 1988 and 1995, being nominated twice in 1994 and 1995, winning thrice in 1990, 1992 and 1994. Later, also winning in 1997. She thus
Meena Kumari and Madhuri Dixit have four awards each. Kumari was the earliest recipient. Dixit holds the record of maximum nominations (14), followed by Kumari (12). Dixit also holds the record of most consecutive nominations (10).
also holds the record of maximum awards and maximum nominations in a single decade, with 4 awards and 10 nominations in 1990s.
Shabana Azmi, who received four out of the five nominations in 1984 (and eventually won for Arth), holds the record for the highest number of nominations in a single year. Meena Kumari and Kajol had three nominations each in 1963 and 1999 respectively, which are the second highest number of nominations in a single year. Both won in their respective years.
Hema Malini has received only one award among 11 nominations. She thus holds the record of maximum nominations that resulted in minimum awards. On the other hand, Nutan, who won 5 awards among 7 nominations, held the record of minimum nominations that resulted in maximum awards.
Nutan, who won the award for the fifth time in 1979 at the age of 42, is the eldest winner, while Sharmila Tagore became the eldest nominee in 2006 at the age of 60. Dimple Kapadia, in 1973, became the youngest winner and youngest nominee at the age of 16.
Vyjayanthimala is the only actress to win the maximum awards, without ever losing, whenever been nominated. She received 3 awards among 4 nominations, being nominated twice in 1959 and once each in 1962 and 1965, winning in all three years.
Dimple Kapadia is one of the eight actresses with two awards. She is the only actress to win for her first two films Bobby and Saagar. Kapadia, in 1974, became the youngest winner and youngest nominee, at age 16, followed by Padmini Kolhapure, who won at age 17 for Prem Rog in 1983.
Karisma Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor are the only siblings who have both won the award. Karisma is one of the eight actresses to win twice. Kareena is the only actress to win maximum Filmfare Awards (6) in maximum different categories (5).