The Anurag Basu-directed Barfi! won 'Best Film', 'Best Actor' for Ranbir Kapoor and 'Best Debut' for Ileana D'Cruz. It also won the 'Best Background Score' and 'Best Music Director' awards for music by Pritam, while Vidya Balan walked away with the 'Best Actress' prize for her performance in Kahaani.
On receiving her award, Balan told PTI: "Thank you [cinematographer] Setu for making a pregnant women look beautiful. As a child I would stay glued to the TV to watch Filmfare. As the Bible says, ask and you shall receive."
The newly-married actress added: "This is the first time I am coming with my husband [Siddharth Roy Kapur]. Interestingly I met Siddharth for the first time at the backstage at Filmfare Awards some years back. So it is a very nostalgic feeling for me today ".
Both films were also recognised in the technical categories, with Barfi! winning the award for 'Best Production Design' and Kahaani taking 'Best Editing', 'Best Sound Design', 'Best Cinematography' and 'Best Director' for Sujoy Ghosh.
Watch the trailer for Barfi! below:
The John Abraham-produced film Vicky Donor was also celebrated with awards for Annu Kapoor in the 'Best Actor Supporting Role (Male)' category for his portrayal of Dr Chaddha and the 'Best Story' award for writer Juhi Chaturvedi. Ayushmann Khurrana, who made his acting debut in the film about sperm donation, won two awards for 'Best Debut (Male)' and 'Best Playback Singer (Male)' for the song 'Paani Da'.
Other big winners on the night included Anushka Sharma, who scooped 'Best Actor in Supporting Role (Female)' for Jab Tak Hai Jaan, while Gulzar won the 'Best Lyrics' award for 'Challa' from Jab Tak Hai Jaan.
Gauri Shinde was given the Filmfare Award for the 'Best Debut Director' for English Vinglish.
Late filmmaker Yash Chopra was honoured with a posthumous Lifetime Achievement Award, which was presented to his wife Pamela by Dil Toh Pagal Hain star Madhuri Dixit Nene.
Receiving the award, Chopra said: "Yash ji came to Bombay with Rs 200 in his pocket, dreams and his mother's blessings. He was the humblest person I have known in my life. He never knew he was Yash Chopra - his greatest quality. Three things he loved - films, food and family - in the same order."
The famed director passed away just weeks before the release of his last film Jab Tak Hai Jaan last year.
Other stars attending the event included Karan Johar, Irrfan Khan, Soojit Sircar, Chitrangada Singh, Kunal Kohli, Sonali Bendre, Yami Gautam and Ayushmaan Khurrana.
The Filmfare Awards are presented annually by The Times Group to honour both artistic and technical excellence of professionals in the Hindi language film industry of India.
Introduced in 1954, the ceremony is one of the oldest and most prominent film events given for Hindi productions in India and is regarded as the country's equivalent to the Oscars.
Watch the trailer for Kahaani below: