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Abhimaan (lit. Pride) is a 1973 Indian Hindi musical drama film starring Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan, Asrani and Bindu. It was directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee.

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Directed byHrishikesh Mukherjee
Produced bySusheela Kamat
Pawan Kumar Jain
Written byRajinder Singh Bedi
Biresh Chatterjee
Nabendu Ghosh
Hrishikesh Mukherjee
Mohan N. Sippy
Biren Tripathy
StarringAmitabh Bachchan
Jaya Bachchan
A.K. Hangal
Music bySachin Dev Burman
CinematographyJaywant Pathare
Edited byDas Dhaimade
Release date
July 27, 1973
Running time
122 minutes
Box officeest. 1.7 crore
(est. 43.52 crore as of 2019) [1]

The film is perhaps best remembered for its songs, composed and arranged by the late S. D. Burman, written by Majrooh Sultanpuri, and sung by playback singers Mohammed Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar, and Kishore Kumar. Film did above average business at box office as per the Bollywood trade magazine published at that time.[2] Jaya Bachchan won the Filmfare Best Actress Award for Abhimaan.[3] According to Aalif Surti film is based on troublesome marriage between two sitar maestros Ravi Sankar and Annapurna Devi.[4] Also according to author Raju Bharatan, Hrishikesh Mukherjee based the film's story on the life of singer Kishore Kumar and his first wife, Ruma Ghosh although it has resemblances with the 1954 movie A Star Is Born.[5] It was remade in Tamil in 1983 as Nenjamellam Neeye starring Mohan, Radha and Poornima Jayaram.



Subir (Amitabh Bachchan) is a professional singer whose career is soaring. He does not plan to marry—until he meets Uma (Jaya Bhaduri), a sweet village girl who also sings. Subir falls in love with Uma and marries her. He returns to Mumbai with his new bride. Subir continues as a singer and also fosters Uma's singing career. His career falters, however, just as Uma's singing career begins to thrive. Eventually, she becomes more successful than her husband, sparking jealousy from Subir. His pride and jealousy tear the marriage apart. The question becomes whether Subir can overcome his jealousy.

The movie reaches a very sensitive situation when the couple separates and Uma has a miscarriage. In what is considered a masterpiece of direction by Mukherjee and scoring by Burman, the couple comes together again in an emotional reunion and they sing together.


The film was also a turning point for Bindu, who, for the first time, played a sympathetic character. Previously, she was known for playing vamps/cabaret dancers, such as in Amitabh's star-making hit Zanjeer (1973).[6] This film was very popular in Sri Lanka more than in India and was screened continuously for 590 days in the same cinema, Empire, Colombo.




The music of the movie was composed by S. D. Burman and won him Filmfare Award for Best Music Director.

  • Song "Tere Mere Milan Ki Yeh Raina" was listed at No. 16 on Binaca Geetmala annual list 1973
  • Song "Meet Na Mila Re Man Ka" was listed at No. 23 on Binaca Geetmala annual list 1973

All lyrics written by Majrooh Sultanpuri; all music composed by Sachin Dev Burman.

1."Ab To Hai Tumse Har Khushi Apni"Lata Mangeshkar4:25
2."Loote Koi Man Ka Nagar"Manhar Udhas, Lata Mangeshkar3:04
3."Meet Na Mila Re Man Ka"Kishore Kumar4:56
4."Nadiya Kinare"Lata Mangeshkar4:05
5."Piya Bina Piya Bina"Lata Mangeshkar4:12
6."Tere Mere Milan Ki Yeh Raina"Lata Mangeshkar, Kishore Kumar5:49
7."Teri Bindiya Re"Mohammad Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar4:32

Awards and nominationsEdit


The movie was made under the production AmiYa (Amitabh + Jaya), although the copyrights are owned by their secretaries.

On a show with Simi Garewal, Shweta and Abhishek Bachchan stated that they cannot watch Abhimaan without crying a lot.

Lata Mangeshkar was the sole voice of Jaya Bachchan in the movie whereas Amitabh was voiced by 3 singers.

Manhar Udhas recorded the demo for 'Loote koi man ka nagar' and it was supposed to be sung by Mukesh, who refused because he thought the demo sounded really good and Manhar ought to be given a chance.


  1. ^ "". Archived from the original on 20 October 2013. Retrieved 15 June 2012.
  2. ^ "Amitabh Movies Verdict (1969–1984) By Trade Guide(Prakash Pange)". 3 December 2011.
  3. ^ Nihalani, Govind; Chatterjee, Saibal; Guzar (2003). Encyclopaedia of Hindi Cinema: historical record, the business and its future, narrative forms, analysis of the medium, milestones, biographies. Popular Prakashan. ISBN 81-7991-066-0. She won her first Filmfare Award for Best Actress in 1973 for her performance in the marital drama Abhimaan.
  4. ^ Surti, Aalif (7 April 2014). "Annapurna Devi: The Greatest Living Exponent of the Surbahar and the Sitar". Mans World India. Retrieved 22 April 2017.
  5. ^ Bharatan, Raju (12 September 2000). "A cineaste in the mainstream cinema". Rediff. Retrieved 16 August 2009.
  6. ^ Mishra, D. P. (2006). Great Masters of Indian Cinema: The Dadasaheb Phalke Award Winners. Publications Division, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India. p. 116. ISBN 81-230-1361-2.

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