This is the oldest and probably the most prestigious set of awards given to honour art and technique in Bollywood. The Filmfare awards were introduced in 1954, in the same year that the National Film Awards were inaugurated. Since they are presented by the Times Group, they were initially referred to as Clare Awards, named so after the editor of the national daily newspaper, The Times of India, Clare Mendionca. The Filmafare awards have a dual voting system, wherein the public as well as a committee of experts contributes towards the decision making.
The International Indian Film Academy introduced the IIFA or the International Indian Film Academy awards in the year 2000 to be presented to deserving talent in artistic and technical fields in Bollywood. These awards are presented annually and their award ceremony is held in different countries to assert the importance of hindi cinema across the world. The first ceremony was held in London, at the Millenium Dome and ever since the awards have been presented in South Africa, Thailand, Republic of Singapore, The Netherlands, UAE, Malaysia and Macau.
The Zee Cine Awards were introduced in the year 1998 by the Zee Network, a TV station based in Mumbai, and are a mix of categories decided by public voting as well as those that are solely judged by a jury from the film industry. The awards are presented each year with grand celebrations and different sponsors. In 2004, the award ceremony was held in Dubai, in a foreign country for the first time. A special feature of these awards is the 24 carat gold plated trophy given to each winner.
Instituted in 2003, the Max Stardust Awards are a baby of the popular cine magazine, Stardust. These awards felicitate everyone related to the film industry and highlight new talent. They have two sets of awards- The Jury’s Choice and the Readers’ Choice awards which cover various categories.