Filmfare is an English-language tabloid-sized magazine about Indian cinema. Published by The Times Group, India's largest media services conglomerate, in Mumbai (Bombay), it highlights the doings of the Bollywood film scene. The most popular entertainment magazine in India, it is read by the overseas Indian community worldwide.
It organizes and sponsors the Filmfare Movie Awards.
Filmfare is the oldest film magazine in India, as are its awards.
It 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 the 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.
At the beginning of 2008 the magazine revamped both its look and publishing schedule. Publishing for evry 15 days in a month, Filmfare, under the editorship of Mr. Jitesh Pillai, has updated its regular sections and overall layout. It continues to feature extensive photographic work. The writing staff includes Anuradha Choudary, Sangeeta Angela Kumar, and Faheem Ruhani.
Filmfare has created two fan-based motion picture awards: the Filmfare Movie Awards for movies in Hindi, and the Filmfare Awards South for movies in the Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil, and Telugu languages.
Filmare Awards are held in February / March month for the films which were released in the previous Calendar year. ( For example, Filmfare - 2010 will be held for the films which were released in the Calendar year of 2009 ( 1 January - 31 December )
The Function is held at MMRDA Grounds, Bandra - Kurla Complex, Bandra ( East), Mumbai - 400 051. Ticket prices are from INR 5000 - INR 25000 and entry is ' Strictly by Invitation Only'.
From year 2005 onwards, Superstar Shahrukh Khan is Main Anchor for this Programme.