Baiju Bawra - TAE 1265 - Odeon - EP Record- EP Record
Baiju Bawra is a 1952 Hindi film directed by Vijay Bhatt. Produced by
Prakash Pictures, with story by Ramchandra Thakur and dialogues by Zia
Sarhadi, Baiju Bawra was a musical "megahit". Bhatt's decision to
make a film based on classical music was met with scepticism by the Indian
film industry due to its "lack of mass appeal", but the film and
music turned out be an "overwhelming success". The film's music
director was Naushad, who had become popular giving folk-based music in films
like Rattan, Anmol Ghadi, Shahjehan (1946) and Deedar (1951). With Bhatt's
Baiju Bawra, Naushad introduced classical component in Hindi film songs. The
soundtrack based on light classical ragas, made use of folk, thumri or dadra,
with a stronger raga used in the last contest song between Tansen and Baiju.
The lyricist was Shakeel Badayuni, a Naushad discovery. For Baiju Bawra, he
had to forgo Urdu, and write lyrics in pure Hindi, with songs like the
bhajan, "Man Tadpat Hari Darshan Ko Aaj", becoming popular.
The film starred Bharat Bhushan as Baiju, with Meena Kumari playing
his love interest Gauri. Meena made her acting debut in Bhatt's Leatherface
(1939) as a seven-year-old. Surendra portrayed Tansen, one of the Navratans
(music) in Akbar's court. Kuldip Kaur played the role of the dacoit queen
Roopmati. The rest of the cast included Bipin Gupta, Manmohan Krishna, B. V.
Vyas and Baby Tabassum.
The film merges the legend of Baiju Bawra with the historic setting of
Mughal Emperor Akbar's court 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. 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. 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.
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..
Baiju Bawra - TAE 1265
Meena Kumari, Bharat Bhushan, Surendra, Kuldip Kaur, Bipin Gupta,
Manmohan Krishna, B. M. Vyas, Mishra, Radhakrishan, Kesari, Rattan Kumar,
Baby Tabassum, Rai Mohan, Bhagwanji, Nadir, Ramesh, Krishna Kumari, Sitaram
Tikaram, Rajan Haksar, Tikaram & Umari Krishna