Filmfare Award for Best Music Director

Filmfare Award For Best Music Director

Filmfare Award for Best Music Director

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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.


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

Laxmikant Pyarelal and A. R. Rahman have the distinction of winning the award four times in a row between 1978 and 1981 and between 2007 and 2010, respectively. Those who have won the award thrice in a row are Shankar Jaikishan (1971-1973) and Nadeem Shravan (1991-1993). 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...
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