Abhimaan (1973 film)

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

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Directed byHrishikesh Mukherjee
Written byRajinder Singh Bedi
Biresh Chatterjee
Nabendu Ghosh
Hrishikesh Mukherjee
Mohan N. Sippy
Biren Tripathy
Produced bySusheela Kamat
Pawan Kumar Jain
StarringAmitabh Bachchan
Jaya Bachchan
A.K. Hangal
CinematographyJaywant Pathare
Edited byDas Dhaimade
Music bySachin Dev Burman
Release date
27 July 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 S. D. Burman, written by Majrooh Sultanpuri, and sung by playback singers Mohammed Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar, and Kishore Kumar. The film was a major hit at the box office and is amongst the earliest hits of Bachchan's glorious career.[2] Jaya Bachchan won the Filmfare Best Actress Award for Abhimaan.[3] According to Aalif Surti, the film is based on the troublesome marriage between two sitar maestros Ravi Sankar and Annapurna Devi,[4] though author Raju Bharatan states that Hrishikesh Mukherjee based the film's story on the life of singer Kishore Kumar and his first wife, Ruma Ghosh.[5] The 1954 film A Star Is Born has also been cited as a vague influence.[6]


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. the couple comes together again in an emotional reunion and they sing together.




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

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

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


All of the music of the movie was composed by S. D. Burman, winning him the Filmfare Award for Best Music Director. The lyrics were penned by Majrooh Sultanpuri.

  • The songs "Tere Mere Milan Ki Yeh Raina" and "Meet Na Mila Re Man Ka" were listed at the 16th and 23rd spots, respectively, on Binaca Geetmala's Annual List (the 1973 version)
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

Year Nominee / work Award Result
1974 S. D. Burman Filmfare Award for Best Music Director Won
Jaya Bachchan Filmfare Award for Best Actress Won
Asrani Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor Nominated
Bindu Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress Nominated


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).[7] 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.


  1. ^ "Boxofficeindia.com". Box Office India. 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 (May 2000). "Annapurna Devi: The Tragedy And Triumph of Ravi Shankar's First Wife". Man's World. Retrieved 22 April 2017.
  5. ^ Bharatan, Raju (12 September 2000). "A cineaste in the mainstream cinema". Rediff. Retrieved 16 August 2009.
  6. ^ Rachel Dwyer (25 July 2019). 100 Bollywood Films. Bloomsbury Publishing. p. 20. ISBN 978-1-83871-396-6.
  7. ^ 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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