Filmfare Award for Best Male Playback Singer

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Filmfare Award for Best Playback Singer Male
Arijit 5th GiMA Awards (cropped, retouched).jpg
The 2019 recipient: Arijit Singh
Awarded forBest Performance by a Playback Singer Male
Presented byFilmfare
First awardedMukesh,
"Sab Kuch Seekha Humne"
Anari (1960)
Currently held byArijit Singh,
"Ae Watan"
Raazi (2019)
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.


Superlative Artist Record
Most awards Kishore Kumar 8
Most nominations Kishore Kumar 28
Most consecutive wins Kumar Sanu 5
Most decades Udit Narayan 3 80s, 90s, 20s
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. Three singers: Kumar Sanu, Udit Narayan and Arijit Singh have won the award five times each. Mukesh has won this award four times. Mahendra Kapoor have won it thrice.

Mohammad Rafi dominated the 60's with 5 wins. Mukesh, Kishore Kumar had the highest win during 70's winning the award 3 times each. Kishore Kumar continued domination during 80's with 5 wins. Kumar Sanu ruled the 90's with most 5 consecutive wins. Udit Narayan, Sonu Nigam and Shaan sharing 2 awards among each other in 2000s. Arijit Singh dominated 2010's with 5 wins.

Kishore Kumar has most nomination (28) followed by Mohammad Rafi (21) and Udit Narayan (20). Others Sonu Nigam (16) , Mukesh (14), Kumar Sanu (14) & Arijit Singh (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 and Arijit Singh won the award four times in a row from 1983 to 1986 and 2016 to 2019 respectively.

Mukesh is the only playback singer who won this award posthumously (1977).

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

Ayushmann Khurrana is the only Actor to win the award in 2013.

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.

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 14 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995
Udit Narayan 20 1989, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2002
Arijit Singh 12 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
4 Mukesh 4 14 1960, 1971, 1973, 1977
5 Mahendra Kapoor 3 5 1964, 1968, 1975

Most consecutive wins[edit]

Rank Artist Number of Win Year
1 Kumar Sanu 5 1991-1995
2 Kishore Kumar 4 1983-1986
3 Arijit Singh 4 2016-2019

Multiple nominees[edit]

Rank Singer No. of nominations No. 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
5 Kumar Sanu 14 5
6 Arijit Singh 12 5
7 K K 7 0
8 Sukhwinder Singh 6 2
8 Suresh Wadkar 6 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


Mukesh is the first Male Playback singer to win the award with 4 wins
Mohammed Rafi holds the record of second highest win(6 times) with 5 wins during 60's
Year Singer Song Movie
Mukesh "Sab Kuch Seekha Humne" Anari
Talat Mahmood "Jalte Hain Jiske Liye" Sujata
Mohammed Rafi "Chaudhvin Ka Chand" Chaudhvin Ka Chand
Mohammed Rafi '"Chashme Buddoor" Sasural
Mohammed Rafi "Husn Wale Tera" Gharana
Mukesh "Hothon Pe Sacchai" Jis Desh Men Ganga Behti Hai
Award won by a female singer
Mohammed Rafi "Ae Gulbadan" Professor
Mahendra Kapoor "Chalo Ek Bar Phir Se" Gumrah
Mohammed Rafi "Mere Mehboob Tujhe" Mere Mehboob
Mohammed Rafi "Chahunga Main Tujhe" Dosti
Mukesh "Dost Dost Na Raha" Sangam
Award won by a female singer
Mohammed Rafi "Chho Lene Do" Kaajal
Mohammed Rafi "Baharon Phool Barsao" Suraj
Mahendra Kapoor "Neele Gagan Ke Tale" Hamraaz
Mahendra Kapoor "Mere Desh Ki Dharti" Upkar
Mukesh "Sawan Ka Mahina" Milan
Mohammed Rafi "Dil Ke Jharokhe Mein" Brahmachari
Mohammed Rafi "Babul Ki Duvayen" Neel Kamal
Mohammed Rafi "Main Gaoon Tum So Jao" Brahmachari

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



Kishor Kumar hold the record of highest win (8) and second highest consecutive win 1983-1986.
Year Singer Song Movie
K. J. Yesudas "Dil Ke Tukde" Dada
Kishore Kumar "Ek Rasta Hai Zindagi" Kaala Patthar
Mohammed Rafi "Chalo Re Doli Uthao" Jaani Dushman
Nitin Mukesh "Aaja Re Mere Dilbar" Noorie
Kishore Kumar "Hazaar Raahen Mud Ke Dekhi" Thodisi Bewafaii
Kishore Kumar "Om Shanti Om" Karz
Mohammed Rafi (Posthumous) "Dard-e-Dil" Karz
Mohammed Rafi (Posthumous) "Maine Puchha Chand Se" Abdullah
Mohammed Rafi (Posthumous) "Mere Dost Kissa" Dostana
Amit Kumar "Yaad Aa Rahi Hai" Love Story
Jagjit Singh "Hothon Se Chhoo Lo Tum" Prem Geet
Kishore Kumar "Hamen Tum Se Pyaar Kitna" Kudrat
Kishore Kumar "Chhoo Kar Mere Man Ko" Yaarana
S. P. Balasubrahmanyam "Tere Mere Beech Mein" Ek Duuje Ke Liye


Udit Narayan holds the record being nominated on 3 decades and won in all of them ( 1 in 1980s, 2 consecutive in 1990s and 2 in 2000s) with third highest nominations of filmfare (20) and third highest wins (5)
Kumar Sanu holds record of highest (5) consecutive awards and third highest win (5) with 14 nominations


Sonu Nigam won 2 Consecutive Awards during 2000s
Shaan won 2 consecutive awards during 2000s
Himesh Reshammiya(2006) and Ankit Tiwari(2015) are the only Music directors to won the Best Male Playback singer award


Arijit Singh hold the record of 3rd highest win with 5 awards from which 4 consecutive awards between 2016 & 2019
Ayushmann Khurrana is the only mainstream actor to win the award.

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