The movie is based on the legend of Baiju Bawra from the days of Mughal Emperor Akbar in India. Amir Khan was a consultant for the music. The result was a critically acclaimed movie soundtrack. Famous songs from the movie include Tu Ganga Ki Mouj (raga Bhairavi), Mohe Bhool Gaye Sanwariya (raga Bhairav with traces of Kalingda), Man Tarpat Hari Darshan Ko Aaj (raga Malkauns), Aaj Gaawat Man Mero (raga Desi), O Duniya Ke Rakhwale (raga Darbari), and Jhoole Mein Pawan Ki Aayi Bahar (raga Pilu). Naushad won the Filmfare award for Best Music Director, and Meena Kumari won the Filmfare award for Best Actress.