Baiju Bawra (1952)

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The movie is based on the legend of Baiju Bawra from the days of Mughal Emperor Akbar in India. Baiju (Bhushan) is the son of a musician who also grows up to be a musician. He comes to believe that Tansen, the famed musician at the court of Akbar, is responsible for his father's death. The movie then follows Baiju's attempt to avenge his father's death by challenging Tansen to a musical duel. Bhatt took considerable liberties with the history of India’s classical music for this megahit focusing on an encounter between Tansen (Surendra), court musician in Akbar’s (Gupta) Mughal court, and the itinerant Baiju (Bhushan). When Tansen’s guards kill Baiju’s father (Bhagwanji), he avenges himself by defeating Tansen in a musical contest.
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Cast: Bharat Bhushan, Meena Kumari Bano

Crew: Vijay Bhatt (Director), VN Reddy (Director of Photography), Naushad Ali (Music Director)

Genres: Drama, Musical

Release Dates: 01 Jan 1952 (India)

Hindi Name: बैजू बावरा

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Did you know? Even though there were many changes in the storyline from the original life of Baiju Bawra, the film was both a commercial and critical success and catapulted both its lead actors into stardom. Read More
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Film Type:
Feature Film
Language:
Hindi
Colour Info:
Black & White
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
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Tracklist
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03:19
Music Director: Naushad Ali
Playback Singer: Govind Moonis
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04:08
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02:54
Music Director: Naushad Ali
Playback Singer: Ustad Amir Khan
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02:53
Music Director: Naushad Ali
Playback Singer: Ustad Amir Khan
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04:28
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03:57
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05:26
Music Director: Naushad Ali
Playback Singer: Govind Moonis
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03:37
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04:14
Music Director: Naushad Ali
Playback Singer: Lata Mangeshkar
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04:46
Music Director: Naushad Ali
Playback Singer: Lata Mangeshkar, Govind Moonis
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03:13
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03:42
Music Director: Naushad Ali
Playback Singer: Ustad Amir Khan, DV Palusker
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05:06
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04:04
Music Director: Naushad Ali
Playback Singer: Lata Mangeshkar
Trivia:
The film also established Mohammad Rafi as the top playback singer in Hindi films, a position he held until roughly 1971, and regained in 1977. The songs Rafi sang for the film, including "Man Tarpat Hari Darshan Ko Aaj" and the most famous "O Duniya Ke Rakhwale", went on to become smash hits.

Even though there were many changes in the storyline from the original life of Baiju Bawra, the film was both a commercial and critical success and catapulted both its lead actors into stardom.

The movie is best remembered for its sublime music. The film's music director, Naushad, also received the inaugural Filmfare Best Music Director Award for the song "Tu Ganga Ki Mauj"; this was Naushad's first and only Filmfare Award win.

This was Meena Kumari’s first important role, playing Baiju’s self-sacrificing sweetheart, Gauri. Meena Kumari went on to win the first-ever Filmfare Best Actress Award in 1954, the first of four Best Actress trophies she won in her career.

Naushad used leading classical singers D.V. Paluskar and Amir Khan as playback voices for the highlight of the movie, the contest itself.