Filmfare Award for Best Male Playback Singer

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Filmfare Award for Best Playback Singer Male
Awarded forBest Performance by a Playback Singer Male
CountryIndia
Presented byFilmfare
First awardedMukesh,
"Sab Kuch Seekha Humne"
Anari (1960)
Currently held byArijit Singh,
"Roke Na Ruke Naina"
Badrinath Ki Dulhania (2018)
WebsiteFilmfare Awards

The Filmfare Best Male Playback Singer Award is given by Indian film magazine 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 1954, 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.

Superlatives[edit]

Superlative Artist Record
Most awards Kishore Kumar 8
Most nominations Kishore Kumar 28
Most consecutive wins Kumar Sanu 5
Most decades Udit Narayan 3
First Winner Mukesh 1960
Most nominations without ever winning KK 7
Most nominations in a single year Kishore Kumar (1985) 4
Oldest winner Kishore Kumar (1986) 57 (age)
Oldest nominee Kishore Kumar (1986) 57 (age)
Youngest winner Arijit Singh 26 (age)
Youngest nominee Master Vignesh (2005) 11 (age)

Kishore Kumar won the award the maximum number of times 8 in this category, whereas Mohammad Rafi won it 6 times. Its a bit odd that during Kishore Kumar's popularity in the 1970s, he only managed to win 3 Filmfare awards for Best Male Playback Singer. Two singers: Udit Narayan and Kumar Sanu have won the award five times each. Mukesh and Arijit Singh have won this award four times. Mahendra Kapoor have won it thrice.

Kishore Kumar has most nomination (28) followed by Mohammad Rafi (21) and Udit Narayan (20) . Others Sonu Nigam (16) , Mukesh (14) and Kumar Sanu (12)

Udit Narayan holds a unique record of receiving nominations in this category in 3 different decades ( 1980s , 1990s and 2000s ) and getting award in all 3 different decades also the only singer of different origin (Nepali) to win 5 times till date.

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

Himesh Reshammiya became the first music director to win this award in 2006.

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, while 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 a single movie, Sharaabi. Note: Mohammed Rafi passed away in 1980 and Kishore Kumar being the only favourite besides Rafi Sahb won the awards as of 1980 till new singers emerged.


Most Wins[edit]

Rank Winner Number of wins Number of nominations Years
1 Kishore Kumar 8 28 1970, 1976, 1979, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986
2 Mohammed Rafi 6 21 1961, 1962, 1965, 1967, 1969, 1978
3 Kumar Sanu 5 12 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995
4 Udit Narayan 5 20 1989, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2002
5 Arijit Singh 4 9 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018
6 Mukesh 4 14 1960, 1971, 1973, 1977
7 Mahendra Kapoor 3 5 1964, 1968, 1975

Rank of singers above is according to total number of wins and nominations. The top 3 singers of All time Bollywood playback are:

- Kishore Kumar wins 8 nominations 28 followed by Mohammed Rafi wins 6 nominations 21 and Kumar Sanu wins cinsecutive 5 nominations 12.

Multiple Nominees[edit]

Rank Singer Number of nominations Number of wins
1 Kishore Kumar 28 8
2 Mohammed Rafi 21 6
3 Udit Narayan 20 5
4 Sonu Nigam 16 2
5 Mukesh 14 4
6 Kumar Sanu 12 5
7 Arijit Singh 9 4
8 K K 7 0
9 Sukhwinder Singh 6 2
10 Suresh Wadkar 6 0
11 Mahendra Kapoor 5 3
12 Shaan 5 2
13 Mohit Chauhan 5 2
14 Amit Kumar 5 1
15 Atif Aslam 5 0
16 Manna Dey 4 1
17 K. J. Yesudas 4 1
18 Abhijeet Bhattacharya 4 1
19 S. P. Balasubrahmanyam 4 1
20 Shabbir Kumar 4 0
21 Lucky Ali 3 1
22 Hariharan 3 0
23 Himesh Reshammiya 2 1
24 Mohammed Aziz 2 0
25 Vinod Rathod 2 0

Rank of singers above is according to total number of nominees. The top 3 singers of All time Bollywood playback are:

- Kishore Kumar nominations 28 followed by Mohammed Rafi nominations 21 and Udit Narayan nominations 20.

List of winners[edit]

1950s[edit]

Note: The category for Best Playback Singer was established in 1959, and until 1966 both male and female singers used to compete for a single award.

  • 1959 award won by a female singer

1960s[edit]

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

1970s[edit]

1980s[edit]

1990s[edit]

Kumar Sanu holds record of highest (5) consecutive awards and third highest win (5) with 12 nominations

2000s[edit]

Sonu Nigam won 2 Consecutive Awards during 2000s
Shaan won 2 consecutive awards during 2000s

2010s[edit]

Arijit Singh won 4 awards from which 3 consecutive awards between 2016 & 2018

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