Awards Rafi Won
From the following list, you will notice Rafi Sahab had been nominated for 22 songs out of which he won 6. He was nominated for the first time for Chaudavin Ka Chand, which he won and last for Mere Dost Quissa. He was not in the list for the year 1959.
Based on this we had few viewpoints:
Sajjad: The number (22) would have been much higher if Filmfare had started giving awards for the best Male playback before 1959.
Naveen: One more thing about filmfare awards. Till 1966 there was a single category called Best Playback Singer. It became Best Male and Best Female after 1966. So during the years from 1959 to 1966, apart from Mukesh‘s 1 and Mahendra Kapoor‘s 1 for all the other years when Rafi did not win filmfare it was Lata who got it. So that probably is yet another reason for less count as competition was even tougher.
Harold Hussain: I agree with Sajjad. I’m convinced that he would have won more filmfare awards if they would have started earlier with this. Surely he would have won in 1953 with Baiju Bawra. On the first award night, Rafi Saab performed the award winning song Tu ganga ki mauj mein. Unfortunately there was no best playback singer award at that time, only the best music director award that was won by Naushad for this movie.
|Chaudavin Ka Chand (WON)||Chaudavin Ka Chand|
|Husnwale Tera Jawaab||Gharana|
|Teri Pyaari Pyaari Surat (WON)||Sasural|
|Aye Gulbadan Aye Gulbadan||Professor|
|Mere Meheboob Tujeh||Mere Meheboob|
|Chahunga Mein Tujeh (WON)||Dosti|
|Chulene Do Nazuk||Kaajal|
|Baharon Phool Barasavo (WON)||Suraj|
|Mein Gaavun Tum Sojavo||Brahmachari|
|Babul Ki Duvayen Lethi||Neel Kamal|
|Dil Ke Jharonke Mein (WON)||Brahmachari|
|Badi Masatani Hai||Jeene Ki Raah|
|Khilona Jaan Kar||Khilona|
|Ham Ko To Jaan Se Pyaari||Naina|
|Achha Hi Huva Dil Toot Gaya||Maa Behen Aur Biwi|
|Parda Hai Parda||Amar Akbar Anthony|
|Kya Huva Tera Waada (WON)||Hum Kisise Kam Nahin|
|Aadmi Musaphir Hai||Apnapan|
|Chalore Doli Utavo Kahar||Jani Dushman|
|Maine Poocha Chand Se||Abdullah|
|Mere Dost Qissa Yeh||Dostana|