Filmfare Award for Best Male Playback Singer

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The Filmfare Best Male Playback Singer Award is given by Filmfare as a part of its annual Filmfare Awards for Hindi films, to recognise a male playback singer who has delivered an outstanding performance in a film song.

Although the Filmfare Awards started in 1953, awards for the best playback singer category started in 1959. From inception of the category through 1967, both the female and male singers used to compete for a single award, after which separate categories were created for female and male singers respectively.

Kishore Kumar Maximum 8 Best Male Playback Singers Filmfare Awards Win
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Kumar Sanu Best Male Playback Singers filmfare awards Consecutive win 5 years 1991 To 1995.
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image = File:Kishore Kumar image.jpg Superlative Singer
Most awards Kishore Kumar 8
Most nominations Kishore Kumar 27
Most nominations without ever winning KK
Suresh Wadkar
Most nominations in a single year Kishore Kumar (1985) 4
Oldest winner Kishore Kumar Age: 57
Oldest nominee Kishore Kumar Age: 57
Youngest winner Arijit Singh Age: 26
Youngest nominee Master Vignesh Year: 2005
Most Consecutive Winners Kumar Sanu 5 Years: 1991 To 1995

Most Wins[edit]

Winner Number of wins Years
Kishor Kumar 8 1970, 1976, 1979, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1985 & 1986
Mohammed Rafi 6 1961, 1962, 1965, 1967, 1969 & 1978
Kumar Sanu 5 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995
Udit Narayan 5 1989, 1996, 1997, 2000 & 2002
Mukesh 4 1960, 1971, 1973 and 1977
Mahendra Kapoor 3 1964, 1968 & 1975

Kishore Kumar has won the award maximum number of times (8) in this category, whereas Mohammad Rafi has won it 6 times. Two singer: Kumar Sanu and Udit Narayan, have five wins. Mukesh has won this awards four times. Mahendra Kapoor has won it three times. Four Singer have won the award twice; in chronological order, they are Sonu Nigam, Shaan, Sukhwinder Singh and Mohit Chauhan.

Kumar Sanu holds the record for most consecutive wins, winning all of his five awards from 1991 to 1995. Kishore Kumar won the awards four times in a row from 1983 to 1986..

Mohammed Rafi won five awards in 1960s which were the highest. Mukesh and Kishore Kumar were at the top in 70s with three wins each. Kishore Kumar continued being at the top with five wins in the 80s. Kumar Sanu followed suit with five wins in 90s. Udit Narayan, Sonu Nigam and Shaan had two wins in the 2000s. Uptil now 2010s is being dominated by Mohit Chauhan with two wins. Udit Narayan unique recode for get filmfare award in three decades 1989, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2002.

Two singers have achieved the feat of receiving all the nominations of this category in a particular year: Mohammed Rafi was the single nominee in 1969, having all the three nominations to his credit, and Kishore Kumar was the single nominee in 1985, having all the four nominations to his credit.Incidentally, Kishore Kumar's all nominated songs were from one movie, Sharaabi

List of winners[edit]


Note: The category for Best Playback Singer was established in 1959, and until 1967 both male and female singers used to compete for a single award.

  • 1959 award won by a female singer


Note: The category for Best Playback Singer is officially divided into two separate categores to acknowledge both male and female singers individually.






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