Top 10 Bollywood Actors who have won the Most Filmfare Awards

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Filmfare Awards are rated as Bollywood’s answer to Hollywood’s popular Oscar Awards. The Awards are presented by the Times of India group and were initiated in the year 1954. Just as winning an Oscar is the highest accolade likewise winning a Filmfare trophy is regarded very prestigious. Down the years many actors have won this award. Here is a list of top 10 Bollywood actors who have won the most Filmfare Awards in Best Actor popular category.

10. Ranbir Kapoor

The budding newcomer, Ranbir Kapoor grabs the final slot, leaving behind many more talented actors because in his brief career of six years, he has already fetched five Filmfare trophies in various categories including Best Male Debut, two Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor and two Best Actor in popular category. Ranbir Kapoor won his first Filmfare trophy in his debut movie Saawariya (2007) as Best Male Debut sending signals that he is here to stay. After the failure of Saawariya, Ranbir had to wait for two years until he got the opportunity to prove his talent in the year 2009. This year he gave three movies Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani, Wake Up Sid and Rocket Singh. Interestingly for all the three movies Ranbir was given a combined ‘Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor’. Later in 2011 for Raajneeti, he was again nominated as Best Actor.

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9. Anil Kapoor

Anil Kapoor ranks ninth in the list as the actor in his career spanning three decades and won 2 Filmfare Best Actor Awards and six nominations. The first Filmfare award that Anil Kapoor won was in Yash Chopra directed movie Mashaal opposite thespian Dilip Kumar. Though this award was in the category of ‘Best Supporting Actor’ yet this award gave solid impetus to Anil Kapoor’s fading career.The two awards he won as ‘Best Actor’ are for Tezaab (1989) and Beta (1993). However his most deserving awards for Eeshwar (1990),  Lamhe (1992), 1942: A Love Story (1995) ended up with mere nominations. And what’s most agonizing is that his career’s best performance in Voh Saat Din, that established him in Bollywood as an actor was not even nominated!! If you have seen, Voh Saat Din, then you will surely feel, Anil Kapoor certainly deserved an award for the movie!

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8. Naseeruddin Shah

Naseeruddin Shah is Parallel cinema’s first actor who made his name in commercial cinema too. He ranks at eighth position because though he won all his awards in the Parallel cinema yet he was nominated several times in commercial cinema too. Over all Naseeruddin Shah has won 3 ‘Best Actor Award’ and 3 nominations as Best Actor.He won his first award in Aakrosh (1981) beating Bollywood superstars like Amitabh Bachchan in Dostana, Rajesh Khanna  in Thodisi Bewafaii and Vinod Khanna in Qurbani. And what’s more he continued his dominance by winning his second Best Actor award in Chakra ( 1982). This year he had even tougher competition from Amitabh Bachchan in Lawaaris, Kamal Haasan in Ek Duuje Ke Liye and Rajesh Khanna in Dard. His third award came a year later in 1984 for his sensitive performance in Shekhar Kapoor’s hit Masoom.The role for which Shah really deserved an award was Sai Paranjpe’s Sparsh( 1979) in which he played a blind man with utter perfection. He won the National Award for the movie. If you have not seen Sparsh, then watch the movie to appreciate great performance.

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7. Rajesh Khanna

Rajesh Khanna, the heart throb of the 70’s and regarded as the First Superstar of Bollywood comes seventh in the list as the actor has won three Filmfare Best Actor Awards. Though Khanna won the nomination for Best Actor in Aradhana (1970), the movie that escalated him to the dizzy heights of stardom, yet it was his double role in Sachaa Jhutha (1971) that fetched him his first Best Actor trophy. Interestingly, Khanna had a tough competition that year with country’s two greatest actors Dilip Kumar in Gopi and Sanjeev Kumar in Khilona competing in the race.Rajesh Khanna won the second award subsequently in the year 1972 in Anand, the movie that immortalized Khanna in the annals of Indian cinema. His third award was again a well deserved award in Avishkaar (1975). Overall Rajesh Khanna won 9 nominations. Few of his nominations were for his really best deserving performances like Ittefaq, Amar Prem, Dard, Avtaar.If you have not seen Anand, then you must watch the movie as it is Rajesh Khanna’s career best performance.

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6. Aamir Khan

Amir Khan comes at number six despite winning just 2 awards in the Best Actor category. However the actor deserves a top slot in this list because despite winning 16 nominations consecutively from his debut film Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (1989) till Rangeela (1996)  he has always been sidelined at award functions.His mind-blowing performances like Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin, Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar, Andaz Apna Apna, Rangeela, etc. were sidelined while he was awarded for his little known performance in Raja Hindustani (1997). You would be stunned to know that in protest Aamir did not collect his Filmfare trophy.Annoyed at the malpractices involved in the award process, Aamir Khan has boycotted all film awards functions held in India. His second award at Filmfare was for his stunning performance in Lagaan (2002).If you have seen his movies like Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin, Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar, Andaz Apna Apna, Rangeela, Ghulam etc.  you will surely agree that Aamir definitely deserved award for these performances.

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5. Sanjeev Kumar

Sanjeev Kumar, the name is synonymous for his versatility and his incredible ability to adapt to any character with amazing ease. He holds the fifth position in the list because even though the actor may have won just 2 Filmfare Best Actor Awards but the 9 nominations speak volumes of his talent.Sanjeev Kumar won his first Filmfare trophy for his brilliant performance in Gulzaar’s Aandhi (1976) overpowering Amitabh Bachchan’s career best performance in Deewaar and his own outstanding performance in ‘Sholay’. His second award was for his little known movie Arjun Pandit (1977). Though the movie was a failure at box office, it had Sanjeev Kumar playing the dual role of a village pumpkin and a dread dacoit to perfection.You would be bemused at the award’s functioning because the same year Sanjeev Kumar was also nominated for his yet another classic performance in Mausam, for which Sanjeev Kumar was even awarded the National Award!  Yet the FIlmfare judges chose to ignore his milestone performance for a lesser known performance in Arjun Pandit!!

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4. Hrithik Roshan

Hrithik Roshan holds the fourth position as he has the distinction of winning 4 awards in the category of Best actor. Hrithik Roshan, like Shah Rukh Khan won two trophies in his debut year both as Best Actor and Best Male Debut Actor in his papa’s home production Kaho Naa… Pyaar Hai ( 2000).  Hrithik Roshan has 6 nominations as Best actor.After Kaho Naa… Pyaar Hai there was a slump in his career and he gave a series of flops for three consecutive years finally he made his comeback with papa’s home production Koi… Mil Gaya ( 2003) and once again walked away with two trophies Best Actor and Critics Award for Best Actor! His other two awards include Dhoom 2 ( 2006) and Jodhaa Akbar ( 2008).Hrithik Roshan’s superlative performance that really deserved award was in Guzaarish but he lost to an equally great performance of Shah Rukh Khan in My Name is Khan.If you have not seen the movie, ‘Koi… Mil Gaya’, then do watch for Hrithik Roshan’s outstanding performance.

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3. Amitabh Bachchan

Amitabh Bachchan, the Superstar of the Millennium ranks third in the list as the actor has won 5 awards in the category of Best actor and two in the ‘Critics Award for Best Actor’ category. However Amitabh Bachchan outshines both Dilip Kumar and Shah Rukh Khan in the nomination category as he has won 28 nominations which is a record till date.Though Amitabh Bachchan made his presence felt at Filmare awards by winning two Best Supporting Actor Awards for Anand (1971) and Namak Haraam ( 1973) yet it took him five long years to fetch the celebrated Best Actor trophy. The year was 1978 and the movie was Amar Akbar Anthony. His next award came the very next year in Don ( 1979). However again he had to wait for a period of 13 long years to win his third award in Hum ( 1992). His next two awards include Black (2006) and Paa (2010). Amitabh Bachchan’s two awards in the ‘Critics Award for Best Actor’ include Black and Aks. Amitabh Bachchan like Dilip Kumar did not win awards for which he really deserved award like in Deewaar, Sholay, Muqaddar Ka Sikandar , Trishul and Sharaabi.If you have not seen Sharabi then do watch and you will yourself feel that in Sharaabi, Amitabh Bachchan is at his ‘Best’.

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2. Shah Rukh Khan

Shah Rukh Khan, ranks second in the list as the actor has won the same number of 8 awards as Dilip Kumar in the Best actor category. However Shah Rukh is one award ahead of Dilip Kumar when it comes to nomination as Shah Rukh has 20 nominations while Dilip Kumar has won 19 nominations but in case of talent and grace Shah Rukh is still a toddler in front of the mighty thespian.Shah Rukh Khan became Bollywood’s ‘First actor’ to win two awards in his debut year in Bollywood i.e. Best Actor award for his dynamic performance in Baazigar (1993) and Debut Male Actor in Deewana (1993).His list of awards include Baazigar (1994), Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1996),  Dil To Pagal Hai (1998),  Kuch Kuch Hota Hai ( 1999)  Devdas ( 2003) , Swades ( 2005), Chak De! India (2008), My name is Khan (2011).In addition Shah Rukh has won two ‘Critics Award for Best Actor’ in Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa and Mohabbatein. Few awards that Shah Rukh deserved but ended up with mere nominations include Baadshah, Main Hoon Na, Asoka and Veer Zaara If you have not seen, Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa, then do watch for the first-rate performance of Shah Rukh Khan.

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1. Dilip Kumar

The name Dilip Kumar stands for consummate talent, grace and class. Hence the actor unanimously top the list because when it comes to Filmfare awards in the Best Actor category, he shares the honor of receiving maximum 8 awards in the category with Shah Rukh Khan and over all a haul of 19 nominations! Dilip Kumar holds the honor of being the ‘First actor’ to receive the prestigious award in the year 1954 for his power packed performance in Daag. Interestingly, after Daag, a year later he made a hat trick by fetching three awards consecutively from 1956 to 1958. The movies include Azaad(1956), Devdas ( 1957) and Naya Daur ( 1958). His other awards include Kohinoor (1961), Leader ( 1965) and  Ram Aur Shyam ( 1968).His final award came in the year 1983 when he clashed with Amitabh Bachchan in the movie Shakti. Though Amitabh Bachchan too was nominated in the same category but the award for Best actor went to Dilip Kumar.Few of Dilip Kumar’s remarkable performances that went unrecognized include Ganga Jumna, Dil Diya Dard Liya, Aadmi and Mashaal, interestingly all were nominated!! If you have not seen Ram Aur Shyam, then do watch the movie for Dilip Kumar’s amazing combination of tragedy and comedy.

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Conclusion

Filmfare Awards are rated as Bollywood’s answer to Hollywood’s popular Oscar Awards. The Awards are presented by the Times of India group and were initiated in the year 1954. Just as winning an Oscar is the highest accolade likewise winning a Filmfare trophy is regarded very prestigious. Down the years many actors have won this award. Here is a list of top 10 Bollywood actors who have won the most Filmfare Awards in Best Actor popular category.

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