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Baiju Bawra is an award-winning 1952 Bollywood movie. It stars Bharat Bhushan and Meena Kumari.

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.

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, was 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. Meena Kumari plays Baiju's love interest.

"Tu Ganga Ki Mauj" not only brought inaugural Filmfare Best Music Director Award to Naushad but also became one of the most popular songs. The song is a duet by Rafi and Lata. Being more than half a century old, the song has yet not lost its attraction and lives in the hearts of people with the same untarnished lustre. Prof. Qasim Hasan Zaidi has skillfully played it on Banjo with major clips of the song running in a side window to provide an added attraction for the viewers.
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