Filmfare Award for Best Music Director

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Filmfare Award for Best Music Director
Sanjay Leela Bhansali2.jpg
The 2019 recipient: Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Awarded forBest Performance by a Music Director
Presented by Filmfare
First awarded Naushad Ali,
Baiju Bawra
"Tu Ganga Ki Mauj" (1954)
Currently held by Sanjay Leela Bhansali,
Padmaavat (2019)
Website Filmfare Awards

The Filmfare Best Music Album 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 Ali 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. From 2017, the name of this was category changed from best music direction to music album.

<i>Filmfare</i> Indian magazine specialized in Bollywood

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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.

Baiju Bawra, was a dhrupad musician from medieval India. Nearly all the information on Baiju Bawra comes from legends, and lacks historical authenticity. According to the most popular legends, he lived in the Mughal period during the 15th and 16th centuries. He was one of the court musicians of Man Singh Tomar of Gwalher.



A. R. Rahman with his award of 2012 for the film Rockstar. He holds the record of maximum wins in this category. A.R.Rahman at 57th FF Awards with Award.jpg
A. R. Rahman with his award of 2012 for the film Rockstar . He holds the record of maximum wins in this category.
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Most Nominations without a Win Jatin Lalit 11 nominations
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Multiple nominations

The following 35 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).

Note- Anu Malik has won 2 Filmfare and 1 Special Filmfare award (for Refugee (2000 film) ).

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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.








Sanjay Leela Bhansali is the first and only Film director to win the Best Music Director Award Sanjay Leela Bhansali2.jpg
Sanjay Leela Bhansali is the first and only Film director to win the Best Music Director 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. [2]
B ^ :S. D. Burman won the 1955 award for the song "Jaye To Jaye Kahan", sung by Talat Mahmood, and not the entire album.

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  1. "Filmfare Awards 2011 Winners". Times of India . 31 January 2012. Retrieved 20 February 2012.
  2. "Naushad: Composer of the Century". 8 May 2006. Retrieved 1 December 2018.