Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer

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Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer
Awarded for Best Performance by a playback singer female
Country India
Presented by Filmfare
First awarded Lata Mangeshkar,
"Aaja Re Pardesi"
Madhumati (1959)
Currently held by Meghna Mishra,
"Nachdi Phira"
Secret Superstar (2018)
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.

Superlatives[edit]

Superlative Artist Record
Most awards Asha Bhosle, Alka Yagnik 7
Most nominations Alka Yagnik 36
Most nominations without ever winning Usha Mangeshkar, Chandrani Mukherjee 3
Most nominations in a single year Asha Bhosle (1975), Alka Yagnik (1994) 4
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 not having her name be considered for 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 the 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 getting nominated consecutively for 11 years from 2006 to 2016 that resulted in 3 wins and 17 nominations.

Most Wins[edit]

Rank Winner Number of wins Years
1 Asha Bhosle 7 1968, 1969, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1979
Alka Yagnik 1989, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005
2 Shreya Ghoshal 5 2003, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2016
3 Lata Mangeshkar 4 1959, 1963, 1966, 1970
Anuradha Paudwal 1986, 1991, 1992, 1993
Kavita Krishnamurthy 1995, 1996, 1997, 2003
4 Sunidhi Chauhan 2 2007, 2011
Rekha Bhardwaj 2010, 2012

Multiple Nominees[edit]

Rank Singer Number of nominations Number of wins
1 Alka Yagnik 36 7
2 Shreya Ghoshal 21 5
3 Asha Bhosle 20 7
4 Lata Mangeshkar 19 4
5 Kavita Krishnamurthy 18 4
6 Sunidhi Chauhan 14 2
7 Anuradha Paudwal 11 4
8 Alisha Chinai 6 1
9 Hemlata 5 1
10 Sharda 4 1
Salma Agha 4 1
Usha Uthup 4 1

Winners and nominees[edit]

Alka Yagnik holds the record of maximum wins(7), highest number of nominations(36) and most number of nominations in a single year (4).
Asha Bhosle holds the record of maximum wins(7) and most number of nominations in a single year (4).
Shreya Ghoshal holds the record of second highest number of wins(5), and the second highest number of nominations(21).

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]


1950s[edit]

Year Singer Song Movie
1959
(6th)
Lata Mangeshkar Aaja Re Pardesi Madhumati

1960s[edit]

Year Singer Song Movie
1960
(7th)
Award won by a male singer
Lata Mangeshkar Bhaiya Mere Rakhi Ke Bandhan Ko Chhoti Bahen
1961
(8th)
Award won by a male singer
Lata Mangeshkar Pyar Kiya to Darna Kya Mughal-e-Azam
Lata Mangeshkar Dil Apna Aur Preet Parai Dil Apna Aur Preet Parai
1962
(9th)
Award won by a male singer
1963
(10th)
Lata Mangeshkar Kahin Deep Jale Kahin Dil Bees Saal Baad
Lata Mangeshkar Aapki Nazrone Samajha Anpadh
1964
(11th)
Award won by a male singer
Lata Mangeshkar Jo Waada Kiya Taj Mahal
1965
(12th)
Award won by a male singer
Lata Mangeshkar Jyot Se Jyot Jagate Chalo Sant Gyaneshwar
1966
(13th)
Lata Mangeshkar Tumhi Mere Mandir Khandan
Lata Mangeshkar Ek Tu Na Mila Himalaya Ki God Mein
1967
(14th)
Award won by a male singer
Lata Mangeshkar Aaj Phir Jeene Ki Tamanna Guide
Lata Mangeshkar Lo Aagi Unki Yaad Do Badan
1968
(15th)

[3]
Asha Bhosle Garibon Ki Suno Dus Lakh
Lata Mangeshkar Baharon Mera Jeevan Aakhri Khat
Lata Mangeshkar Saawan Ka Mahina Milan
1969
(16th)
Asha Bhosle Parde Mein Rehne Do Shikar
Lata Mangeshkar Milti Hai Zindagi Mein Aankhen
Sharda Tumhari Bhi Jai Jai Deewana

1970s[edit]

Year Singer Song Movie
1970
Lata Mangeshkar Aap Mujhe Achche Lagne Lage Jeene Ki Raah
Lata Mangeshkar Kaise Rahu Chup Intaquam
Sharda Tere Ang Ka Rang Chanda Aur Bijli
1971
Sharda Baat Zara Jahan Pyar Mile
Lata Mangeshkar Babul Pyare Johny Mera Naam
Lata Mangeshkar Bindiya Chamkegi Do Raaste
1972
Asha Bhosle Piya Tu Ab To Aaja Caravan
Asha Bhosle Zindagi Ek Safar Andaz
Sharda Aap Ke Pichhe Pad Gayi Ek Nari Ek Brahmachari
1973
Asha Bhosle Dum Maro Dum Hare Rama Hare Krishna
Asha Bhosle Suni Suni Saason Ki Lal Patthar
Asha Bhosle Na Woh Soya Lalkaar
1974
Asha Bhosle Hone Lagi Hai Raat Jawaan Naina
Asha Bhosle Hungama Ho Gaya Anhonee
Asha Bhosle Jab Andhera Hota Hai Raja Rani
Minu Purushottam Raat Piya Ke Sang Prem Parvat
Sushma Shrestha Tera Mujh Se Hai Aa Gale Lag Jaa
1975
Asha Bhosle Chain Se Hum Ko Kabhi Pran Jaye Par Vachan Na Jaye
Asha Bhosle Achchhe Samay Par Tum Bidaai
Asha Bhosle Yeh Hawas Hai Tu Kya Jaane Hawas
Asha Bhosle Chori Chori Sola Singar Manoranjan
Suman Kalyanpur Behna Ne Bhai Ki Kalai Resham Ki Dori
1976
Sulakshana Pandit Tuhi Sagar Hai Sankalp
Asha Bhosle Kal Ke Apne Amanush
Asha Bhosle Sapna Mera Toot Gaya Khel Khel Mein
Preeti Sagar My Heart Is Beating Julie
Usha Mangeshkar Main To Aarti Utaru Jai Santoshi Maa
1977
Hemlata Tu Jo Mere Sur Me Chitchor
Asha Bhosle I Love You Barood
Hemlata Sun Ke Teri Pukar Fakira
Sulakshana Pandit Baandhi Re Kahe Preet Sankoch
1978
Preeti Sagar Mero Gaam Katha Parey Manthan
Asha Bhosle Layee Kahan Hai Zindagi Taxi Taxie
Sushma Shrestha Kya Hua Tera Wada Hum Kisise Kum Naheen
Usha Mangeshkar Mungda Main Gud Ki Dali Inkaar
1979
Asha Bhosle Yeh Mera Dil Pyar Ka Deewana Don
Asha Bhosle O Saathi Re Muqaddar Ka Sikandar
Hemlata Aankhiyon Ke Jharokon Se Ankhiyon Ke Jharokhon Se
Shobha Gurtu Sayyan Rooth Gaye Main Tulsi Tere Aangan Ki
Usha Uthup One Two Cha-Cha-Cha Shalimar

1980s[edit]

Year Singer Song Movie
1980
Vani Jairam Mere To Giridhar Gopal Meera
Vani Jairam Aeri Main To Prem Diwani Meera
Chhaya Ganguly Aap Ki Yaad Aati Rahi Gaman
Hemlata Megha O Megha Sunayana
Usha Mangeshkar Humse Nazar To Milao Ikraar
1981
Nazia Hassan Aap Jaisa Koi Qurbani
Chandrani Mukherjee Pehchan To Thi Griha Pravesh
Hemlata Tu Is Tarah Se Aap To Aise Na The
Kumari Kanchan Dinkerao Mail Laila O Laila Qurbani
Usha Uthup Hari Om Hari Pyaara Dushman
1982
Parveen Sultana Humein Tum Se Pyaar Kitna Kudrat
Alka Yagnik Mere Angne Mein Laawaris
Chandrani Mukherjee Mohabbat Rang Layegi Poonam
Sharon Prabhakar Mere Jaisi Haseena Armaan
Usha Uthup Rambha Ho Armaan
1983
Salma Agha Dil Ke Armaan Nikaah
Anuradha Paudwal Maine Ek Geet Likha Hai Yeh Nazdeekiyan
Nazia Hassan Boom Boom Star
Salma Agha Dil Ki Yeh Arzoo Nikaah
Salma Agha Pyaar Bhi Hai Jawaan Nikaah
1984
Aarti Mukherji Do Naina Ek Kahani Masoom
Anuradha Paudwal Tu Mera Hero Hain Hero
Chandrani Mukherjee Aaja Ke Teri Raahon Mein Lal Chunariya
1985
Anupama Deshpande Sohni Chinab Di Sohni Mahiwal
Salma Agha Jhoom Jhoom Baba Kasam Paida Karne Wale Ki
1986
Anuradha Paudwal Mere Man Bajo Mridang Utsav
Kavita Krishnamurthy Tum Se Milkar Pyaar Jhukta Nahin
S. Janaki Yaar Bina Chain Kahan Re Saaheb
1987
No award given
1988
1989
Alka Yagnik Ek Do Teen Tezaab
Anuradha Paudwal Keh Do Ki Tum Tezaab
Sadhana Sargam Main Teri Hoon Jaanam Khoon Bhari Maang

1990s[edit]

Year Singer Song Movie
1990
Sapna Mukherjee Tirchhi Topiwale Tridev
Alisha Chinai Raat Bhar Tridev
Anuradha Paudwal Tera Naam Liya Ram Lakhan
Anuradha Paudwal Bekhabar Bewafa Ram Lakhan
Kavita Krishnamurthy Na Jaane Kahan Se Aayi Hain ChaalBaaz
1991
Anuradha Paudwal Nazar Ke Saamne Aashiqui
Anuradha Paudwal Mujhe Neend Na Aaye Dil
Kavita Krishnamurthy Chandni Raat Hain Baaghi: A Rebel for Love
1992
Anuradha Paudwal Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin
Alka Yagnik Dekha Hai Pehli Baar Saajan
Anuradha Paudwal Bahut Pyar Karte Hain Saajan
Kavita Krishnamurthy Saudagar Sauda Kar Saudagar
1993
Anuradha Paudwal Dhak Dhak Karne Laga Beta
Alka Yagnik Aisi Deewangi Deewana
Kavita Krishnamurthy Main Tujhe Kabool Khuda Gawah
1994
Ila Arun & Alka Yagnik Choli Ke Peechhe Khalnayak
Alka Yagnik Baazigar O Baazigar Baazigar
Alka Yagnik Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke
Alka Yagnik Paalki Pe Hoke Sawaar Khalnayak
1995
Kavita Krishnamurthy Pyaar Hua Chupke Se 1942: A Love Story
Alisha Chinai Ruk Ruk Vijaypath
Alka Yagnik Chura Ke Dil Mera Main Khiladi Tu Anari
Alka Yagnik Raah Mein Vijaypath
Kavita Krishnamurthy Tu Cheez Badi Mast Mast Mohra
1996
Kavita Krishnamurthy Mera Piya Ghar Aaya Yaraana
Alka Yagnik Aankhiyan Milao Raja
Alka Yagnik Raja Ko Rani Se Pyar Akele Hum Akele Tum
Shweta Shetty Mangta Hai Kya Rangeela
Kavita Krishnamurthy Pyaar Ye Jaane Rangeela
1997
Kavita Krishnamurthy Aaj Main Upar Khamoshi: The Musical
Alka Yagnik Baahon Ke Darmiyan Khamoshi: The Musical
Alka Yagnik Pardesi Pardesi Raja Hindustani
Kavita Krishnamurthy O Yaara Dil Lagana Agni Sakshi
1998
Alka Yagnik Meri Mehbooba Pardes
Alka Yagnik Mere Khwaabon Mein Tu Gupt: The Hidden Truth
K. S. Chithra Paayale Chhun Mun Virasat
Kavita Krishnamurthy Dhol Bajne Laga Virasat
Kavita Krishnamurthy I Love My India Pardes
1999
Jaspinder Narula Pyaar To Hona Hi Tha Pyaar To Hona Hi Tha
Alka Yagnik Chhamma Chhamma China Gate
Alka Yagnik Kuch Kuch Hota Hai Kuch Kuch Hota Hai
Sanjivani Chori Chori Jab Nazrein Mili Kareeb
Sapna Awasthi Chaiyya Chaiyya Dil Se..

2000s[edit]

Year Singer Song Movie
2000
Alka Yagnik Taal Se Taal Mila Taal
Alka Yagnik Chand Chupa Badal Mein Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam
Kavita Krishnamurthy Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam
Kavita Krishnamurthy Nimbooda Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam
Sunidhi Chauhan Ruki Ruki Mast
2001
Alka Yagnik Dil Ne Yeh Kaha Dhadkan
Alka Yagnik Panchhi Nadiyan Refugee
Alka Yagnik Haaye Mera Dil Josh
Preeti & Pinky Piya Piya Har Dil Jo Pyar Karega
Sunidhi Chauhan Mehboob Mere Fiza
2002
Alka Yagnik O Re Chhori Lagaan
Alka Yagnik Jaane Kyon Dil Chahta Hai
Alka Yagnik San Sanana Asoka
Kavita Krishnamurthy Dheeme Dheeme Gaaon Zubeidaa
Vasundhara Das Rabba Mere Rabba Aks
2003
Kavita Krishnamurthy & Shreya Ghoshal Dola Re Dola Devdas
Alka Yagnik Aapke Pyaar Mein Raaz
Alka Yagnik Sanam Mere Humraaz Humraaz
Kavita Krishnamurthy Maar Daala Devdas
Shreya Ghoshal Bairi Piya Devdas
2004
Shreya Ghoshal Jaadu Hai Nasha Hai Jism
Alisha Chinai Chot Dil Pe Lagi Ishq Vishk
Alka Yagnik Odhni Odh Ke Tere Naam
Alka Yagnik Tauba Tumhare Chalte Chalte
K. S. Chithra Koi Mil Gaya Koi... Mil Gaya
2005
Alka Yagnik Hum Tum Hum Tum
Alka Yagnik Lal Dupatta Mujhse Shaadi Karogi
Alka Yagnik Saanwariya Swades
Sadhana Sargam Aao Naa Kyun! Ho Gaya Na...
Sunidhi Chauhan Dhoom Macha Le Dhoom
2006
Alisha Chinai Kajra Re Bunty Aur Babli
Shreya Ghoshal Agar Tum Mil Jao Zeher
Shreya Ghoshal Piyu Bole Parineeta
Sunidhi Chauhan Deedar De Dus
Sunidhi Chauhan Kaisi Paheli Zindagani Parineeta
2007
Sunidhi Chauhan Beedi Omkara
Alka Yagnik Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna
Shreya Ghoshal Pal Pal Har Pal Lage Raho Munna Bhai
Sunidhi Chauhan Aashiqui Mein 36 China Town
Sunidhi Chauhan Soniye Aksar
2008
Shreya Ghoshal Barso Re Guru
Alisha Chinai It's Rocking Kya Love Story Hai
Shreya Ghoshal Yeh Ishq Haye Jab We Met
Sunidhi Chauhan Aaja Nachle Aaja Nachle
Sunidhi Chauhan Sajanaji Vari Vari Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd.
2009
Shreya Ghoshal Teri Ore Singh Is Kinng
Alka Yagnik Tu Muskura Yuvvraaj
Neha Bhasin Kuchh Khaas Fashion
Shilpa Rao Khuda Jaane Bachna Ae Haseeno
Shruti Pathak Mar Jaava Fashion
Sunidhi Chauhan Dance Pe Chance Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi

2010s[edit]

Year Singer Song Movie
2010
Kavita Seth Iktara Wake Up Sid
Rekha Bhardwaj Genda Phool Delhi-6
Alisha Chinai Tera Hone Laga Hoon Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani
Shilpa Rao Mudi Mudi Paa
Shreya Ghoshal Zoobi Doobi 3 Idiots
Sunidhi Chauhan Chor Bazaari Love Aaj Kal
2011
Mamta Sharma Munni Badnaam Hui Dabangg
Sunidhi Chauhan Sheila Ki Jawani Tees Maar Khan
Shreya Ghoshal Bahara I Hate Luv Storys
Shreya Ghoshal Noor-e-Khuda My Name Is Khan
Sunidhi Chauhan Udi Guzaarish
2012
Rekha Bhardwaj & Usha Uthup Darling 7 Khoon Maaf
Alyssa Mendonsa Khwabon Ke Parindey Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
Harshdeep Kaur Katiya Karun Rockstar
Shreya Ghoshal Teri Meri Bodyguard
Shreya Ghoshal Saibo Shor In The City
2013
Shalmali Kholgade Pareshaan Ishaqzaade
Kavita Seth Tumhi Ho Bandhu Cocktail
Neeti Mohan Jiya Re Jab Tak Hai Jaan
Shreya Ghoshal Chikni Chameli Agneepath
Shreya Ghoshal Saans Jab Tak Hai Jaan
2014
Monali Thakur Sawaar Loon Lootera
Chinmayi Sripada Titli Chennai Express
Shalmali Kholgade Balam Pichkari Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani
Shreya Ghoshal Sunn Raha Hai Aashiqui 2
Shreya Ghoshal Nagada Sang Dhol Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela
2015
Kanika Kapoor Baby Doll Ragini MMS 2
Rekha Bhardwaj Hamari Atariya Pe Dedh Ishqiya
Jyoti Nooran & Sultana Nooran Pathaka Guddi Highway
Shreya Ghoshal Manwa Laage Happy New Year
Sona Mohapatra Naina Khoobsurat
2016
Shreya Ghoshal Deewani Mastani Bajirao Mastani
Alka Yagnik Agar Tum Saath Ho Tamasha
Anusha Mani Gulaabo Shaandaar
Monali Thakur Moh Moh Ke Dhaage Dum Laga Ke Haisha
Palak Muchhal Prem Ratan Dhan Payo Prem Ratan Dhan Payo
Priya Saraiya Sun Saathiya ABCD 2
2017
Neha Bhasin Jag Ghoomeya Sultan
Jonita Gandhi The Breakup Song Ae Dil Hai Mushkil
Kanika Kapoor Da Da Dasse Udta Punjab
Neeti Mohan Sau Aasman Baar Baar Dekho
Palak Muchhal Kaun Tujhe M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story
Qurat-ul-Ain Balouch Kaari Kaari Pink
2018
Meghna Mishra Nachdi Phira Secret Superstar
Monali Thakur Khol De Baahein Meri Pyaari Bindu
Nikhita Gandhi Ghar Jab Harry Met Sejal
Ronkini Gupta Rafu Tumhari Sulu
Shashaa Tirupati Kanha Shubh Mangal Saavdhan
Shreya Ghoshal Thodi Der Half Girlfriend

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  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. ^ 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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