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Filmfare Award for Best Male Playback Singer

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.

Filmfare Award for Best Playback Singer Male
Awarded for Best Performance by a Playback Singer Male
Country India
Presented by Filmfare
First awarded Mukesh,
"Sab Kuch Seekha Humne"
Anari (1960)
Currently held by Arijit Singh,
"Roke Na Ruke Naina"
Badrinath Ki Dulhania (2018)
Website Filmfare Awards

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.



Kumar Sanu holds the record of winning highest(5) consecutive Awards and third highest wins
Superlative Artist Record
Most awards Kishore Kumar 8
Most nominations Kishore Kumar 27
Most consecutive wins Kumar Sanu 5
Most decades Udit Narayan 3
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. 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 times each. Mukesh and Arijit Singh have won this award four times. Mahendra Kapoor have won it thrice. Four Singers have won the award twice; in chronological order, they are Sonu Nigam, Shaan, Sukhwinder Singh and Mohit Chauhan.

Kishore Kumar has most nomination (28) followed by Mohammad Rafi (21) and Udit Narayan (20) . Others Sonu Nigam (16) , Mukesh (14) and Kumar Sanu (12)

Udit Narayan holds a unique record of receiving nominations in this category in 3 different decades ( 80s , 90s and 2000s ) and getting award in all 3 different decades also the only singer of different origin (Nepali) to win 5 times till date. Himesh Reshammiya became the first music director to win this award in 2006.

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.

Most WinsEdit

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

Multiple NomineesEdit

Singer Number of Nominations Number of wins
Kishore Kumar 28 8
Mohammed Rafi 21 6
Udit Narayan 20 5
Mukesh 14 4
Sonu Nigam 16 2
Kumar Sanu 12 5
Arijit Singh 9 4
Sukhwinder Singh 6 2
K K 6 0
Suresh Wadkar 6 0
Mahendra Kapoor 5 3
Shaan 5 2
Mohit Chauhan 5 2
Amit Kumar 5 1
Atif Aslam 5 0
Manna Dey 4 1
K. J. Yesudas 4 1
Abhijeet Bhattacharya 4 1
S. P. Balasubrahmanyam 4 1
Shabbir Kumar 4 0
Lucky Ali 3 1
Hariharan 3 0
Himesh Reshammiya 2 1
Mohammed Aziz 2 0
Vinod Rathod 2 0

List of winnersEdit


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 categories to acknowledge both male and female singers individually.




Udit Narayan Won the Award 5 times in a span of 13 years covering 3 decades.
Sukhwinder Singh won the award 2 times once in 1990s & once in 2000s


Sonu Nigam won 2 Consecutive Awards during 2000s
Shaan won the award 2 consecutive awards during 2000s


Mohit Chauhan won the award 2 times during 2010s
Arijit Singh won Filmfare Best Male Playback Singers award 4 times during 2010s

See alsoEdit

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