Shankar Jaikishan and Their Awards

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Shankar Jaikishan won fame and name with their very first movie Barsaat. Their successful run in the music industry earned them numerous accolades and awards. Besides being conferred upon the Padma Shri from the Government of India, SJ also won two Sur-Singar Awards for "Jhanak jhanak tore baje payaliya" in Mere Huzoor (1968) and "Re man sur mein ga" in Lal Pathhar (1971). They also won two Bengali Film Journalists' Association Awards for Best Music Director for Brahmachari (1968) and Andaz (1971).
Within a span of nineteen years, between 1957 and 1976, SJ were nominated twenty times for the Filmfare Award for Best Music Director, which was every year with the exception of 1958, 1968 and 1974. Their nominations were for Chori Chori (1957), Yahudi (1959), Chhoti Bahen & Anari (1960), Dil Apna Aur Preet Parayi (1961), Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti Hai (1962), Professor (1963), Dil Ek Mandir (1964), Sangam (1965), Arzoo (1966), Suraj 1967), Diwana & Brahmachari (1969), Chanda Aur Bijli (1970), Pehchan (1971), Andaz & Mera Naam Joker (1972), Be-imaan (1973), Reshamiya Ki Dori (1975) and Sanyasi (1976). The highest number, yet to be broken.
SJ won Filmfare Awards for Best Music Director for Chori Chori (1957), Anari (1960), Dil Apna Aur Preet Parayi (1961), Professor (1963), Suraj (1967), Brahmachari (1969), Pehchan (1971), Mera Naam Joker (1972) and Be-imaan (1973). The last three awards were won in three consecutive years, a first hat trick of its kind.
It was said that SJ were very appreciative of their nominations and winning of the Filmfare awards and requested the jury to take their names off from the list of nominees, a never before heard request.
SJ's popularity and success did not go too well with some in the entertainment industry who started rumors that they had rigged the Filmfare awards in several ways. It was said that the composer duo had bought numerous copies of the magazine and sent them as individual votes. Another was that they had influenced the jury to sway on their side. Nothing can be farther from the truth. If SJ could buy their awards, they would have won a total of twenty one awards for their twenty one nominations instead of their nine. It should be noted that the gossip mills spun these stories only after the demise of SJ so that they couldn't dispute the accusations.
Whatever was said and done against SJ, non can deny that they reigned supreme in the Golden Era of Hindi Music.