Filmfare Best Music Director Award: Wikis

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The Filmfare Best Music Director 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 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.



Category Name Superlative Year(s) Notes
Most Awards Shankar Jaikishan 9 awards 1957-1976 Awards resulted from 20 nominations
Most Nominations Laxmikant Pyarelal 25 nominations 1965-1994 Nominations resulted in 7 awards
Most Nominations without a Win Jatin Lalit 11 nominations 1993-2007 -

The music director duo of Shankar Jaikishan leads the winners with 9 Best Music Director Filmfare awards, followed by A.R. Rahman with 8. Laxmikant Pyarelal have the most nominations with 25, followed by Shankar Jaikishan with 20, and R.D. Burman with 17.

Laxmikant Pyarelal have the distinction of winning the award four times in a row between 1978 and 1981. Those who have won the award thrice in a row are Shankar Jaikishan (1971-1973), Nadeem Shravan (1991-1993) and A.R. Rahman (2007-2009). 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.

Usha Khanna is the only woman to have ever been nominated for the Best Music Director award. She was nominated for her music in the 1983 film Souten.

Multiple nominations

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

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.





  • 1987 no award
  • 1988 no award



See also


A^ :Naushad won the 1954 award for the song Tu Ganga Ki Mauj, sung by Mohammed Rafi, and not the entire album.[1]
B^ :S.D. Burman won the 1955 award for the song Jaye To Jaye Kahan, sung by Talat Mehmood, and not the entire album.


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