Director: Vijay Bhatt
Writers: R.S. Choudhury (revised version) (as R.S. Choudhari), R.S. Choudhury (screenplay) (as R.S. Choudhari)
Stars: Meena Kumari, Bharat Bhushan, Surendra
Runtime: 2h 45min
Genre: Drama, Musical, Romance
Storyline: Tansen is known to be the greatest classical vocalist ever to have existed in India, and was one of the nine jewels (Navaratnas) of Emperor Akbar’s court. Nobody could sing in the city unless he or she could sing better than Tansen. If this was not the case, he or she was executed. Baiju Bawra is the story of an unknown singer, Baiju, who is on a mission to defeat Tansen in a musical duel to avenge the death of his father.
When Baiju is still a child, Tansen’s sentry tries to stop Baiju’s father from singing, and in the ensuing scuffle, his father dies. Before dying, he extracts a promise from his son to take revenge against Tansen. Baiju gets shelter from a village priest and while growing up, falls in love with Gauri, the daughter of a boatman. He continues his musical education on his own, but gets so enamoured by Gauri’s love that he forgets the promise made to his father.
Later, a group of dacoits raid Baiju’s village. With his song, Baiju persuades them against looting the village, but the female leader of the dacoits falls in love with him and asks him to follow them to their fort as a condition for their sparing the village. Baiju leaves with her, leaving the wailing Gauri behind.