Baiju Bawra


Set of ten old Bollywood movie still photos of the hit Hindi film, Baiju Bawra (1952) for sale.

This is an actual surviving set of old Bollywood lobby cards of the 1952 Hindi film that starred Bharat Bhushan in the lead role as “Baiju” and Meena Kumari as his love interest.

Meena Kumari went on to win her first Filmfare Best Actress Award in 1954 for Baiju Bawra. Coincidentally, the category for Best Actress was introduced by the Filmfare Awards Committee for the first time during the same year (1954). As such, Baiju Bawra marked not just the first Filmfare Best Actress Award of Meena Kumari’s career (she would subsequently go on to win three more Best Actress trophies in her career), but also the first Filmfare Best Actress Award ever declared.

Baiju Bawra was a musical masterpiece. The film’s music director Naushad bagged his first and the only Filmfare Award win of his illustrious career for Baiju Bawra, making this old Bollywood still photo set highly collectible.

Printed and circulated somewhere in the early 1950s, this old Bollywood movie lobby card set was designed and printed for publicity of the film inside a cinema hall.

These beautiful black and white Bollywood still photos were actually used inside a theater that screened Baiju Bawra. The four corners of the lobby cards feature punched holes and display tell tale sings of being pinned on the notice board of a movie theater.

This old Bollywood movie lobby card was designed by taking an iconic still photograph from the film (shot on set location) and mounting it on a board. Ten key scenes from the film are captured in this set comprising ten individual old Bollywood movie still photos.

The film was based on the life of Baiju Bawra with a historic setting in Mughal Emperor Akbar’s court in India. Since it was based on classical music, the film was met with great skepticism initially but went on to become a huge commercial and critical success, catapulting both its lead actors into stardom.

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Film Baiju Bawra
Release 1952
Cast Meena Kumari & Bharat Bhushan
Print Date Early 1950s
Size 15″x12″ inches (Lobby card size)
Condition As Is
Rarity Very Rare
Folds Zero
Artwork Photographic
Material Photo paper mounted on boards
Frame Not included
Packing Large sized mailing envelope


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