Filmfare Award for Best Lyricist

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Filmfare Award for Best Lyricist
The 2019 recipient: Gulzar
Awarded forBest Performance by a Lyricist
Presented by Filmfare
First awarded Shailendra,
"Yeh Mera Deewanapan Hain"
Yahudi (1959)
Currently held by Gulzar,
"Aye Watan"
Raazi (2019)
Website Filmfare Awards

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

The Filmfare Awards, presented by The Times Group, are a set of awards that honour artistic and technical excellence in the Hindi-language film industry of India. The Filmfare ceremony is one of the oldest and most prestigious film events in India. The awards were first introduced in 1954, the same year as the National Film Awards. They were initially referred to as the "Clare Awards" or "The Clares" after Clare Mendonca, the editor of The Times of India. A dual voting system was developed in 1956. Under this system, in contrast to the National Film Awards, which are decided by a panel appointed by Indian Government, the Filmfare Awards are voted on by both the public and a committee of experts.


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. Gulzar.jpg
Gulzar holds the record of maximum wins in this category.
Javed Akhtar has all nominations in 2005. Javed Aktar 2010.jpg
Javed Akhtar has all nominations in 2005.
Superlative Lyricist
Most awards Gulzar 12
(from 36 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 12 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.

Gulzar Urdu author

Sampooran Singh Kalra, known popularly by his pen name Gulzar, is an Indian poet, lyricist, and film director. Born in Jhelum District in British India his family moved to India after partition. He started his career with music director S.D. Burman as a lyricist in the 1963 film Bandini and worked with many music directors including R. D. Burman, Salil Chowdhury, Vishal Bhardwaj and A. R. Rahman.He was awarded Padma Bhushan in 2004, the third-highest civilian award in India, the Sahitya Akademi Award and the Dadasaheb Phalke Award — the highest award in Indian cinema. He has won several Indian National Film Awards, 21 Filmfare Awards, one Academy Award and one Grammy Award. He also wrote the theme song for Motu Patlu, an Indian animated sitcom.

Javed Akhtar Indian poet, lyricist, and scriptwriter

Javed Akhtar is an Indian poet, lyricist and screenwriter. He is a recipient of the Padma Shri (1999), Padma Bhushan (2007), the Sahitya Akademi Award as well as five National Film Awards.

Anand Bakshi Indian poet and lyricist

Anand Bakshi was a popular Indian poet and lyricist.

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.

<i>Veer-Zaara</i> 2004 Indian romantic drama film directed by Yash Chopra

Veer-Zaara is a 2004 Indian romantic drama film directed and co-produced by Yash Chopra with his son Aditya Chopra. It stars Shah Rukh Khan and Preity Zinta as the eponymous star-crossed lovers; Veer is an Indian Air Force pilot and Zaara is a Pakistani woman hailing from a rich political family of Lahore. When Veer learns Zaara loves him, he quits his job to go to Pakistan, where he is imprisoned on false charges. Years later, a young Pakistani lawyer played by Rani Mukerji finds Veer in prison and upon listening to his story, tries to free him. Veer-Zaara has Divya Dutta, Manoj Bajpayee, Akhilendra Mishra and Anupam Kher play supporting roles, with a special appearance from Amitabh Bachchan and Hema Malini.

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.

Shailendra (lyricist) Indian film lyricist

Shailendra was a popular Indian Hindustani (Hindi-Urdu) lyricist, music arranger, playback singer and music director. Noted for his association with the filmmaker Raj Kapoor and the composers Shankar-Jaikishan, he wrote lyrics for several successful Hindi film songs in the 1950s and the 1960s.

Shakeel Badayuni Indian writer

Shakeel Badayuni was an Indian Urdu poet, lyricist and songwriter in Bollywood.

Verma Malik was a Bollywood lyricist. He was an active freedom fighter during the British Raj. He wrote many patriotic songs and lived in India after partition. He wrote Bhajan and recited them immediately prior to penning lyrics for films.

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

Rashmi Virag is the screen name of Rashmi Singh and Virag Mishra, an Indian lyricist-duo active in Bollywood cinema. At first Singh and Mishra wrote lyrics themselves; in 2015 they started writing lyrics as a duo. Singh won Best Lyricist award at 60th Filmfare Awards for the song Muskurane from the film CityLights.

<i>CityLights</i> (2014 film) 2014 film by Hansal Mehta

CityLights is a 2014 Indian drama film directed by Hansal Mehta starring Rajkummar Rao and Patralekha in the lead roles. It is a remake of the BAFTA nominated British film Metro Manila (2013). The film was presented by Fox Star Studios in association with Mahesh Bhatt and Mukesh Bhatt.

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.

Multiple winners and nominees

List of winners








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