These 5 Bollywood actors have won Filmfare Best Actor/Actress Award for their debut film

In 2017 January, Rishi Kapoor confessed that he had purchased the Filmfare Award for Best Actor for his debut film – Bobby in 1974 for Rs.40,000. Indeed a shocking piece of news. Yes, Rishi Kapoor was the first lead actor to receive Filmfare award for a debut film. He beat Rajesh Khanna for Yash Chopra’s directorial Daag to earn this honour.

Rishi Kapoor and Dimple Kapadia for their debut film ‘Bobby

Hum Tum Ek Kamare Mein – Song from Bobby

Rishi Kapoor has earlier appeared as a child artist in ‘Pyar Hua’ song of Sree 420, and a meaty supporting role as a teenager in ‘Mera Naam Joker’, for which he earned a special mention at National Film awards. Yet as a lead hero, Bobby was Rishi Kapoor’s debut film. The same movie also gave Dimple Kapadia her first Filmfare award. For the first time in the history of Bollywood cinema, an actor’s award was shared between two. Jaya Bhaduri was the second actress to receive the trophy. However decades later Rishi Kapoor admitted that he paid Indian rupees 30000 in 1974 to receive this award. Who else have received Filmfare best actor/actress award for a Debut movie?

Lakshmi for the titular role in Julie

My Heart Is Beating sung by Preeti Sagar

The following year South Indian actress Lakshmi received Filmfare trophy for Julie, one of the bold themes explored on Bollywood screen then. She has earlier done its Malayalam version and the movie was titled ‘Chattakari’, based on the book written by a soft porn writer, Pamman with the same name.

Anupam Kher for Saaransh

Versatile actor Anupam Kher received Filmfare award for best actor for his debut film, Saaransh. He is also a recipient of 5 awards in best comedian category.

Hrithik Roshan for Kaho Na Pyar Hai

Kyon Chalti Hai Pawan – song from Kaho Na Pyar Hai

As far as I know, apart from Rishi Kapoor and Dimple Kapadia who received the Filmfare trophy for Bobby, Anupam Kher for Saaransh and Lakshmi for Julie, Hrithik Roshan is the only actor from Bollywood who received Filmfare trophy for best actor for his debut film. Not only that, he also won Filmfare Award for best male actor (debut). He is the only actor from Bollywood to receive both these awards for the debut film. Similar to Rishi Kapoor, Hrithik has worked as a child artist in a few movies of 1980s before his debut as lead actor in the year 2000.

Many actors have received Best actor/actress nomination for their debut film

Only a few debut actors have received nomination in the best actor category. But it’s not the case of female actors. A handful of female actors have managed to win a Filmfare nomination for best actress. The trend began in the early 1960s. But only a few actresses were able to convert that nomination to award.

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Iconic Yahoo song from the movie, Junglee

Saira Bhanu received her first Filmfare nomination for her debut film, Junglee released in the year 1961. Jaya Bachchan for Guddi, Moushumi Chatterjee for Anuraag, Shabana Azmi for Ankur (first theatre release), Jaya Prada for Sargam, Rati Agnihotri for Ek Duje Ke Liye, Salma Agha for Nikah, Mandakini for Ram Teri Ganga Maili, Juhi Chawla for Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (debut as lead actress, though she has done one film before), Bhagyasree for Maine Pyar Kiya, Vijaya Shanti for Eeshwar, Zeba Bakhtiar for Henna, Mahima Chaudhry for Pardes, Bhumika Chawla for Tere Naam, Vidya Balan for Parineeta, Deepika Padukone for Om Shanti Om, Asin for Ghajini, Anushka Sharma for Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi and Shraddha Kapoor for Aashiqui 2.

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Title Track from Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi

Seema Biswas also got Filmfare nomination and National award for Bandit Queen though she has earlier played lead role in an international award winning offbeat film – Amshini in the year 1988.

Among the male actors, Kamal Hassan received a Filmfare nomination for his debut film, Ek Duje Ke Liye. Darsheel Safary for Taare Zameen Par is the youngest nominee in male category. Sunny Deol also received Filmfare nomination for his debut film – Betaab.

If I have missed any actors in the list, please leave a comment.

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