Filmfare Award for Best Male Playback Singer

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Filmfare Award for Best Playback Singer Male
Awarded for Best Performance by a Playback Singer Male
Country India
Presented by Filmfare
First awarded 1960
Currently held by Arijit Singh,
Ae Dil Hai Mushkil (2017)
Official website Filmfare 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.


Superlative Singer Record
Most awards Kishore Kumar 8
Most nominations Kishore Kumar 27
Most Consecutive Winners Kumar Sanu 5 Years: 1991 To 1995
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 Age:11

Most Wins[edit]

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

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: Kumar Sanu and Udit Narayan, have won the award five wins. Mukesh has won this award four times. Mahendra Kapoor and Arijit Singh have won it thrice. Four Singers 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 award four times in a row from 1983 to 1986.

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.

Udit Narayan holds a unique record of reciveing nominations in this category in 3 different decades and getting award in all 3 different decades. Himesh Reshammiya became the first music director to win this award in 2006.

Multiple Nominees[edit]

Singer Number of Nominations Number of wins
Kishore Kumar 27 8
Mohammed Rafi 21 6
Udit Narayan 20 5
Sonu Nigam 16 2
Mukesh 14 4
Kumar Sanu 12 5
Arijit Singh 7 3
Sukhwinder Singh 6 2
K K 6 0
Suresh Wadkar 6 0
Mahendra Kapoor 5 3
Shaan 5 2
Amit Kumar 5 1
Atif Aslam 5 0
Manna Dey 4 1
K. J. Yesudas 4 1
Abhijeet Bhattcharya 4 1
S. P. Balasubrahmanyam 4 1
Shabbir Kumar 4 0
Lucky Ali 3 1
Hariharan 3 0
Mohammed Aziz 2 0
Vinod Rathod 2 0

List of winners[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


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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