Filmfare Award for Best Music Director

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The Filmfare Best Music Album 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.From 2017,the name this category changed from best music direction to music album.


A. R. Rahman with his award of 2012 for the film Rockstar. He holds the record of maximum wins in this category.
Category Name Superlative Notes
Most Awards A. R. Rahman 10 awards Awards resulted from 15 nominations
Most Nominations Laxmikant Pyarelal 25 nominations Nominations resulted in 7 awards
Most Nominations In 10 Years (2007-2017) Pritam 13 nominations Nominations resulted in 3 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 three occasions - once in 2005 when he lost to Anu Malik second in 2014 when he lost to Ankit Tiwari, Mithoon and Jeet Ganguly for Aashiqui 2 and third time in 2016 when he lost to Amaal Malik, Ankit Tiwari and Meet Bros Anjjan for Roy.

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.

Pritam received six consecutive nominations between 2013 and 2017, and won in 2013 and 2017.

Usha Khanna and Sneha Khanwalkar are the only two women to have ever been nominated for this award for their work in the 1983 film Souten and 2012 film Gangs of Wasseypur respectively.

Himesh Reshammiya got 4 nominations for his sole music direction and got 1 nomination with Meet Bros Anjjan, Yo Yo Honey Singh for film Kick.

Ankit Tiwari won 1 awards with Jeet Ganguly and Mithoon for Aashiqui 2 and got 1 nomination with Mithoon and SOCH for Ek Villain.

Yo Yo Honey Singh also got 2 nominations. One nomination for Kick with Himesh Reshammiya, Meet Bros Anjjan and One for Yaariyaan with Pritam, Anupam Amod, Arko Pravo Mukherjee, Mithoon.

Jatin Lalit has never won this award after getting 11 nominations from (1992-2006) followed by Vishal Shekhar who have not won this award after getting 8 nominations from (2005-2013). Anu Malik has got a special award in 2001 for the film Refugee.

Multiple nominations[edit]

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[edit]

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.








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A^ :Naushad won the 1954 award for the song "Tu Ganga Ki Mauj", sung by Mohammed Rafi, and not the entire album.[2]
B^ :S. D. Burman won the 1955 award for the song "Jaye To Jaye Kahan", sung by Talat Mahmood, and not the entire album.


  1. ^ "Filmfare Awards 2011 Winners". Times of India. 31 January 2012. Retrieved 20 February 2012. 
  2. ^ "Naushad: Composer of the Century". May 8, 2006. 

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