Filmfare Award for Best Lyricist

The Filmfare Lyricist Award is given by the Filmfare magazine as part of its annual Filmfare Awards for Hindi films.

Filmfare Award for Best Lyricist
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The 2021 recipient: Gulzar
Awarded forBest Performance by a Lyricist
Presented byFilmfare
First awardedShailendra,
"Yeh Mera Deewanapan Hain"
Yahudi (1959)
Currently held byGulzar Chhapaak (2021)
WebsiteFilmfare Awards

The awards were first given in 1954; however, the Award for the best lyricist was first given in 1959.


Gulzar holds the record of maximum wins in this category.
Javed Akhtar has all nominations in 2005.
Superlative Lyricist
Most awards Gulzar 13
(from 37 nominations)
Most nominations Anand Bakshi 41
(resulted in 4 wins)
Most nominations in a single year Javed Akhtar (2005) 5
Most nominations without ever winning a single award Anjaan 6

With 13 wins, Gulzar holds the record for most awards in this category, followed by Javed Akhtar with 8 awards and Anand Bakshi with 4. Five lyricists won the award thrice: Shakeel Badayuni, Shailendra, Sameer, Prasoon Joshi and Irshad Kamil. Badayuni, who won the award for three consecutive years from 1961 to 1963, holds the record for most consecutive wins.

In 2005, Javed Akhtar was the single nominee, having all the five nominations of this category to his credit (and eventually winning for "Tere Liye" from Veer-Zaara). Akhtar's five nominations in that year also gave him the record for most number of Best Lyricist nominations in a single year, thus surpassing a previous record by Anand Bakshi, who received four of the five nominations in 1981.

Anand Bakshi holds the record of getting nominated for consecutively 13 years from 1970 till 1982, resulting in 23 nominations and only 2 wins. Anand Bakshi in 1981 lost all four nominations he received to Gulzar and in 1998 lost all three nominations to Javed Akhtar.

Shailendra was the first artist to win this award in 1959. Shakeel Badayuni was the most successful lyricist in '60s with three consecutive wins. Verma Malik fetched two awards from '70s. Gulzar ruled '80s with four wins. In '90s Sameer and Javed Akhtar both have three wins each. Javed Akhtar continued his domination in the 2000s with five wins. Irshad Kamil and Gulzar were the most successful lyricist of 2010s with three wins each.

Rashmi Singh is the only woman to win the award in 2015 for "Muskurane Ki Wajah" from CityLights.

Kausar Munir holds several records of female. She has gained half of all 8 nominations by female songwriters in history. She is also the 2nd most nominated person without ever winning (4) after Anjaan (6). She is the only woman lyricist to have multiple nominations ever and also in a single year.

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  • 1981 Gulzar – "Hazaar Raahen Mud Ke Dekhi" from Thodisi Bewafaii
    • Anand Bakshi – "Dard-e-Dil" from Karz
    • Anand Bakshi – "Om Shanti Om" from Karz
    • Anand Bakshi – "Salaamat Rahe Dostana Hamara" from Dostana
    • Anand Bakshi – "Shisha Ho Ya Dil Ho" from Aasha
  • 1987 No award given
  • 1988 No award given





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