Monday, 6 September 2010
The site also does not shed any light on his so called enmity with the famous Tansen, who used to sing in Emperor Akbar's court. In fact it says that Baiju Bawra, originally known as Baijnath Prasad or Baijnath Mishra, was an accomplished singer in the court of Raja Mansingh of Gwalior. And he was called 'bawra' because of his love for a dancer in Chanderi. Now that is something the film departs from.
Baiju Bawra opens with Tansen (Surendra) about to sit for his riyaaz. And given his stature (he is one of the 'navratans' or the nine gems in Akbar's court, lives in a stately mansion. Well aware of his consequence, Tansen will not have anyone creating noise in the vicinity of his house when he is practising his music. So no one should sing near Tansen's house also or else he would be executed.
I really like the way Ratan Kumar keeps saying Badla Badla whenever he hears Tansen's name. Though there is hardly any evilness about his angelic face, it is amusing to see this pint-sized boy work up enough anger and hatred in his entire persona.
Baiju is lost in Gauri's love and the damsel reciprocates adequately. But, Narpat will have none of it. This pompous and stupid but influential villager wants Gauri for himself and takes Mohan to task regarding the proximity between Baiju and Gauri. On confrontation by Mohan, Gauri cowers but only for a short while. For, there is nothing that can separate her from her sweetheart and she makes it quite obvious in the song Door koi gaye (it's a Lata Mangeshkar and Shamshad Begum duet).
But my personal favourite is Mohe bhool gaye sawariya. Couple Meena Kumari's expressions (apart from her beautiful visage), Mangeshkar's awesome singing, the tearful situation, Naushad's exemplary music and Shakeel Badayuni's lyrics and you have a winner.
Given such good acting and such superlative music, I'd loved it if the ending was happy. I agree that the director deviated from reality and put his directorial license to full use, but wouldn't it be great if he showed Baiju uniting with Gauri and going onto live happily ever after? And singing so many more superb songs...