Filmfare Award for Best Music Director
The Filmfare Best Music Director Award is given by the Filmfare magazine as part of its annual Filmfare Awards for Hindi films, to the best composer/arranger of a soundtrack. This category was first presented in 1954. Naushad Ali was the first recipient of this award for his song "Tu Ganga Ki Mauj" from the film Baiju Bawra. For the first two years, it was awarded to the composer for a particular song and not the entire album. From 1956 onwards, awards in this category have been given for the entire soundtrack.
|Most Awards||A. R. Rahman||10 awards||Awards resulted from 14 nominations|
|Most Nominations||Laxmikant Pyarelal||25 nominations||Nominations resulted in 7 awards|
|Most Nominations without a Win||Jatin Lalit||11 nominations||–|
A. R. Rahman leads the winners with 10 Best Music Director Filmfare awards, followed by the music director duo of Shankar Jaikishan, who have 9. Laxmikant Pyarelal have the most nominations with 25, followed by Shankar Jaikishan with 20, and R. D. Burman with 17.
Shankar Jaikishan holds the record for the highest number of consecutive nominations (10), having been nominated for the award every year from 1959 till 1967, winning the award four times.
Incidentally, A. R. Rahman has won every time (10) he was nominated for this award except on two occasions - once in 2005 when he lost to Anu Malik and again in 2014 when he lost to Ankit Tiwari, Mithoon and Jeet Ganguly for Aashiqui 2.
Laxmikant Pyarelal and A. R. Rahman have the distinction of winning the award four times in a row between 1978 and 1981 and between 2007 and 2010, respectively. Those who have won the award thrice in a row are Shankar Jaikishan (1971–1973) and Nadeem Shravan (1991–1993). Also, there have been three instances when a music director (or duo) were nominated thrice in the same year – Bappi Lahiri in 1985, Laxmikant Pyarelal in 1986 and A. R. Rahman in 2009.
The following 28 music directors (or duo/trio) have received multiple Best Music Director nominations. The list is sorted by the number of total awards (with the number of total nominations listed in parentheses).
Winner and Nominees
In the list below, the winner of the award for each year is shown first, followed by the other nominees. The films are listed by the years when the award was presented. The announcing of nominations became regular after 1956.
- 1954 Naushad Ali – Baiju Bawra for the song "Tu Ganga Ki Mauj" [A]
- 1955 S. D. Burman – Taxi Driver for the song "Jaaye To Jaaye Kahan" [B]
- 1956 Hemant Kumar – Nagin
- 1957 Shankar Jaikishan – Chori Chori
- 1958 O. P. Nayyar – Naya Daur
- 1959 Salil Chowdhury – Madhumati
- 1960 Shankar Jaikishan – Anari
- 1961 Shankar Jaikishan – Dil Apna Aur Preet Parai
- 1962 Ravi – Gharana
- 1963 Shankar Jaikishan – Professor
- 1964 Roshan – Taj Mahal
- 1965 Laxmikant-Pyarelal – Dosti
- 1966 Ravi – Khandan
- 1967 Shankar Jaikishan – Suraj
- 1968 Laxmikant-Pyarelal – Milan
- 1969 Shankar Jaikishan – Brahmachari
- 1970 Laxmikant-Pyarelal – Jeene Ki Raah
- 1971 Shankar Jaikishan – Pehchaan
- 1972 Shankar Jaikishan – Mera Naam Joker
- 1973 Shankar Jaikishan – Be-Imaan
- 1974 S. D. Burman – Abhimaan
- 1975 Kalyanji Anandji – Kora Kagaz
- 1976 Rajesh Roshan – Julie
- 1977 Khayyam – Kabhi Kabhie
- 1978 Laxmikant-Pyarelal – Amar Akbar Anthony
- 1979 Laxmikant-Pyarelal – Satyam Shivam Sundaram
- 1980 Laxmikant-Pyarelal – Sargam
- 1981 Laxmikant-Pyarelal – Karz
- 1982 Khayyam – Umrao Jaan
- 1983 R. D. Burman – Sanam Teri Kasam
- 1984 R. D. Burman – Masoom
- 1985 Bappi Lahiri – Sharaabi
- 1986 Ravindra Jain – Ram Teri Ganga Maili
- 1987 No Award
- 1988 No Award
- 1989 Anand-Milind – Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak
- 1990 Raam Laxman – Maine Pyar Kiya
- 1991 Nadeem-Shravan – Aashiqui
- 1992 Nadeem-Shravan – Saajan
- 1993 Nadeem-Shravan – Deewana
- 1994 Anu Malik – Baazigar
- 1995 R. D. Burman – 1942: A Love Story
- 1996 A. R. Rahman – Rangeela
- 1997 Nadeem-Shravan – Raja Hindustani
- 1998 Uttam Singh – Dil To Pagal Hai
- 1999 A. R. Rahman – Dil Se..
- 2000 A. R. Rahman – Taal
- 2001 Anu Malik – Refugee (2000 film) and Rajesh Roshan – Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai
- 2002 A. R. Rahman – Lagaan
- 2003 A. R. Rahman – Saathiya
- 2004 Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy – Kal Ho Naa Ho
- 2005 Anu Malik – Main Hoon Na
- 2006 Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy – Bunty Aur Babli
- 2007 A. R. Rahman – Rang De Basanti
- 2008 A. R. Rahman – Guru
- 2009 A. R. Rahman – Jaane Tu... Ya Jaane Na
- 2010 A. R. Rahman – Delhi-6
- 2011 Sajid-Wajid and Lalit Pandit – Dabangg
- 2012 A. R. Rahman – Rockstar 
- 2013 Pritam – Barfi!
- 2014 Ankit Tiwari, Mithoon and Jeet Ganguly – Aashiqui 2