The 11th Filmfare award was held in the year 1964. It was an achievement year for actor Sunil Dutt, filmmaker Bimal Roy, actress Nutan and playback singer Mahendra Kapoor. The Film ‘ Bandini’ swept the Filmfare award, winning six awards including the top awards for best film, best director, and best actress. Bandini is still considered a landmark movie. Actress Nutan, who played the role of a woman and torn between Dharmendra and Ashok Kumar, faced competition from Menna Kumari and Mala Sinha but won the laurel for her acting as her role carried more weight. Bimal Roy was the ultimate and only choice of critics as the film was based on a Bengali novel. He had just adapted the novel written by Jarasandha. Even the story of 'Bandini' got the best story award. The picture is even today master of realism. The story was of actress Nutan, who served life imprisonment for murder.
Kamal Bose took the laurel of best cinematographer and D Billimoria won the best sound recorder award for the year for Bimal Roy’s ‘Bandini’. Sunil Dutt won the best actor award for his role in his own production movie ‘Mujhe Jeene Do’. Sunil Dutt played an off-beat role of a dacoit of Chambal Valley. He faced competition from other actors like Ashok Kumar and Rajendra Kumar. Actor Raj Kumar won the best supporting actor for his role in film ‘Dil Ek Mandir’ and actress Shashikala, who played the role of a woman and blackmailed Mala Sinha in the movie 'Gumrah,' won best-supporting actress award. Mahendra Kapoor gave his voice for B R Chopra’s 'Gumrah' and won the best singer award.
Roshan’s soulful music for historical film ‘Taj Mahal’ fetched him the best music composer award and lyricist Sahir Ludhianvi won the award for his song ‘Chalo Ek Baar’ from film ‘Gumrah’. South Indian filmmaker C.V. Sridhar’s film ‘Dil Ek Mandir’ bagged the best dialogue writer award which went to Arjun Dev Rashk. The year’s most successful film ‘Mere Mehboob’ won one award in the category of best art direction which went to Sudhendu Roy as art director and production designer. Filmfare’s best cinematographer award for color photography went to Krishnarao Vashirde for V. Shantaram’s ‘Sehra’. Actress Nutan stole the show by taking the Filmfare trophy from actor Rajendra Kumar. Bimal Roy was adjudged best director for his film ‘Bandini’.
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