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Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer

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Filmfare Award for Best Playback Singer Female
Awarded for Best Performance by a Playback Singer Female
Country India
Presented by Filmfare
First awarded 1959
Currently held by Shreya Ghoshal,
Bajirao Mastani (2016)
Official website Filmfare Awards

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

Although the award ceremony was established in 1954, the category for best playback singer was introduced in 1959. The award was initially common for both male and female singers until 1967. The category was divided the following year, and ever since there have been two awards presented for male and female singers separately.


Alka Yagnik holds the record of maximum wins(7), highest number of nominations(36) and most number of nominations in a single year (4). She also holds the record of getting nominated for consecutively 14 years from 1992 till 2005, resulting in 31 nominations and 6 wins .
Asha Bhosle holds the record of maximum wins(7), second highest number of nominations(20) and most number of nominations in a single year (4).

Superlative Singer Record
Most awards Asha Bhosle
Alka Yagnik
Most nominations Alka Yagnik 36
Most nominations without ever winning Usha Mangeshkar
Chandrani Mukherjee
Most nominations in a single year Asha Bhosle (1975)
Alka Yagnik (1994)
Oldest winner Usha Uthup 64
Oldest nominee Usha Uthup 64
Youngest winner Nazia Hassan 15
Youngest nominee Sushma Shrestha 11

Asha Bhosle and Alka Yagnik, with 7 wins each, hold the record for most awards in this category. Shreya Ghoshal won the award five times. Lata Mangeshkar, Anuradha Paudwal and Kavita Krishnamurthy have won the award four times. Bhosle won the award in a record of four consecutive years (1972–75), followed by the three consecutive wins of Paudwal (1991–1993), Krishnamurthy (1995–1997) and Yagnik (2000–2002), respectively.

Two singers have achieved the feat of receiving all the nominations of this category in a particular year: Asha Bhosle was the single nominee in 1973, having all the three nominations to her credit, and Alka Yagnik was the single nominee in 1994, having all the four nominations to her credit, one of which she shared—and eventually jointly won—with Ila Arun. Yagnik's four nominations in that year along with Bhosle's four out of the five nominations in 1975 also give them the record for most number of Best Female Playback Singer nominations in a single year.

In 1971, Lata Mangeshkar made the unusual gesture of giving up the Filmfare Best Female Playback Award, in order to promote fresh talent. After receiving her seventh award in 1979, Asha Bhosle emulated her elder sister and requested that her name not be considered for the nominations thereafter.[1]

There have been ties for two consecutive years between 2010 and 2011.

Until the award was not officially divided up for different gender (1968) Lata Mangeshkar was the only artist to win and be nominated for this award. She is also the earliest recipient of this award in 1959. Mangeshkar and Asha Bhosle were the most successful singers in 60s with two wins each. Bhosle continued her domination in the 70s with five wins (Mangeshkar not considered from hereon). In 80s no singer dominated the epoch (Bhosle not considered from hereon) however in 90s Anuradha Paudwal and Kavita Krishnamurthy both had three wins each. Alka Yagnik and Shreya Ghoshal garnered four wins each in 2000s. Rekha Bhardwaj is leading the 2010s with two wins.

Alka Yagnik holds the record of getting nominated for consecutively 14 years from 1992 till 2005, resulting in 31 nominations and 6 wins . Followed by Shreya Ghoshal with getting nominated for consecutively 11 years from 2006 (Still running) resulted in 3 wins and 17 nominations.

Multiple Winners

Number Of Wins Singer(s)
7 Asha Bhosle, Alka Yagnik
5 Shreya Ghoshal
4 Lata Mangeshkar, Anuradha Paudwal, Kavita Krishnamurthy
2 Sunidhi Chauhan, Rekha Bhardwaj

Multiple Nominees

Number Of Nominations Singer(s)
36 Alka Yagnik
20 Asha Bhosle, Shreya Ghoshal
19 Lata Mangeshkar
18 Kavita Krishnamurthy
14 Sunidhi Chauhan
11 Anuradha Paudwal
5 Hemlata, Alisha Chinai
4 Sharda, Salma Agha, Usha Uthup
3 Usha Mangeshkar, Chandrani Mukherjee, Rekha Bhardwaj

Winners and nominees

In 1959, the award category for Best Playback Singer was first instituted after Lata Mangeshkar refused to perform the song "Rasik Balma Se Dil Kyon Lagaya" from the film Chori Chori by Shankar Jaikishan at the 3rd Filmfare Awards. Mangeshkar also became the first recipient of this award. Separate awards for male and female singers were introduced from 1968.[2]

Table key
Award winner Indicates the winner
Male winner Indicates male winner prior to the separation of categories
* Indicates male nominee prior to the separation of categories
Year Singer Film Song Ref.
Lata Mangeshkar Award winner Madhumati "Aaja Re Pardesi"
Mukesh Male winner Anari "Sab Kuchh Seekha Ham Ne" [3]
Lata Mangeshkar Chhoti Bahen "Bhaiya Mere Rakhi Ke Bandhan Ko"
Talat Mahmood * Sujata "Jalte Hain Jiske Liye"
Mohammed Rafi Male winner Chaudhvin Ka Chand "Chaudhvin Ka Chand Ho" [4]
Lata Mangeshkar Mughal-e-Azam "Pyar Kiya to Darna Kya"
Lata Mangeshkar Dil Apna Aur Preet Parai "Dil Apna Aur Preet Parai"
Mohammed Rafi Male winner Sasural "Teri Pyari Pyari Soorat Ko" [5]
Mohammed Rafi * Gharana "Husnwale Tera Jawab Nahin"
Mukesh * Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti Hai "Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti Hai"


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






See also


  1. ^ Pinto, Jerry (April 1997). "Tangy titbits from the Filmfare past". Filmfare. 
  2. ^ Bharatan, Raju (2013). Naushadnama: The Life and Music of Naushad. Hay House Publishers. ISBN 978-93-81431-93-1. 
  3. ^ 7th Filmfare Awards:
  4. ^ 8th Filmfare Awards:
  5. ^ 9th Filmfare Awards:

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