Baiju Bawra details
|Starring:||Meena Kumari, Bharat Bhushan, B.M. Vyas, Manmohan Krishna|
|Run time:||2 hours 35 minutes|
|Rental release:||01 Jan 2003|
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Great given the time when it was shot.By a customer from London , 01 Jun 2005
[Highly rated reviewer]It is an epic movie. The songs are all time classics. Dialogues and acting appear a bit too raw and corny at many places. The story line is interesting but the climax might disappoint a few.
It has to be viewed in the context of the age in which it was made. Given the maturity of Indian film industry at that time this movie is a great acheivement.
Fascinating And EvocativeBy a customer from Sussex , 15 May 2010
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideA fascinating and evocative film. The solo traditional classical Indian music was haunting and moving, especially in the final contest. Not so good though when turned into chorus and dancing with orchestral backing. The depiction of the swami was excellent. In some ways it was all a bit like Wagner's Tannauser with the song contest and the wandering, tormented singer and the tragic ending and the bandit queen like a sort of Venus.
Classic movieBy holi5 (7 reviews) from Abingdon , 06 Apr 2010This film is a classic and deservedly so. The acting is fantastic and the depiction of village life is quaint. The trials and tribulations of the two lovers is epic,the story is set during the reign of Emperor Akbar. The songs are easy to listen to and are very popular golden oldies that you or your parents will remember if they hear them again. One of the tunes from a song is even used for a bhajan (Huj Tari Bolavu jay).
A brilliant movie and one that everybody should watch.
-By a customer from London , 24 Apr 2007The DVD (running time 2.27hrs) is of mediocre quality: the picture is OK but the sound is often faint; and while none of the songs is missing, there are some abrupt transitions indicating lost content. This film was a huge hit in 1952 - it catapulted Naushad into the top rank of music directors, and made major stars out of the (then) relatively unknown leads, Bharat Bhushan and Meena Kumari. The film is most famous for its soundtrack, which includes several classical numbers and culminates in a musical duel between court singer Tansen and wandering poet-musician Baijunath (Bharat Bhushan.in the first of many such roles). The singers are Rafi, Lata, Shamshad Begum, Amir Khan as the voice of Tansen, and Pandit DV Paluskar as the voice of Baijunath in the musical 'duel'. The subtitling is good but is unfortunately not provided for the songs.
ImpressiveBy Amit Duggal from Beckenham, Kent , 21 Aug 2006Extra-ordinary performances from Bharat Bhushan & Meena Kumari.
The music & songs were a pleasure.
The past is a foreign countryBy a customer from Aberdeen, Scotland , 15 Apr 2006Wonderful. If only it was in colour - the costumes must have been gorgeous. As expected with a Bollywood film, high emotion reigns - grief, loss, madness, doomed love - and some Shakespearian clowning - but the nobility of the human spirit shines through. And the music! Sublime classical Indian music. Apart from the music, the other thing that's special about this film, for a westerner, is its foreigness in time and space. Even the gestures and body language of the characters are a foreign language. Nine year old girl loved it too.