Abhimaan (1973 film)
|Directed by||Hrishikesh Mukherjee|
|Written by||Rajinder Singh Bedi|
Mohan N. Sippy
|Produced by||Susheela Kamat|
Pawan Kumar Jain
|Edited by||Das Dhaimade|
|Music by||Sachin Dev Burman|
|27 July 1973|
|Box office||est. ₹ 1.7 crore |
(est. ₹ 43.52 crore as of 2019) 
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. Jaya Bachchan won the Filmfare Best Actress Award for Abhimaan. According to Aalif Surti, the film is based on the troublesome marriage between two sitar maestros Ravi Sankar and Annapurna Devi, 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. The 1954 film A Star Is Born has also been cited as a vague influence.
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.
- Director : Hrishikesh Mukherjee
- Story : Hrishikesh Mukherjee
- Screenplay : Nabendu Ghosh, Biresh Chatterjee, Mohini N. Sippy
- Dialogue : Rajinder Singh Bedi
- Producer : Susheela Kamat, Pawan Kumar Jain
- Editor : Das Dhaimade
- Cinematographer : Jaywant Pathare
- Art Director : Ajit Banerjee
- Costume and Wardrobe : Shalini Shah, Ramlal Maheswari
- Production Manager : J.S. Tripathy, Prakash Walawalkar, Uday Walawalkar
- Assistant Director : Shakeel Chandra, Susheela Kamat, Nitin Mukesh
- Assistant Editor : Hari Bhoir, Shridhar Mishra, Shankar Pradhan
- Assistant Art Director : Mahendra Balasinorwala, Shanker Kurade
- Music Assistant : Meera Dev Burman, Anil Mohile, Arun Paudwal, Maruti Rao
- Playback Singers : Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar, Mohammad Rafi, Manhar Udhas, Sachin Dev Burman, Sunil Kumar, Anuradha Paudwal
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.
- 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 Mangeshkar||4:25|
|2.||"Loote Koi Man Ka Nagar"||Manhar Udhas, Lata Mangeshkar||3:04|
|3.||"Meet Na Mila Re Man Ka"||Kishore Kumar||4:56|
|4.||"Nadiya Kinare"||Lata Mangeshkar||4:05|
|5.||"Piya Bina Piya Bina"||Lata Mangeshkar||4:12|
|6.||"Tere Mere Milan Ki Yeh Raina"||Lata Mangeshkar, Kishore Kumar||5:49|
|7.||"Teri Bindiya Re"||Mohammad Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar||4:32|
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). 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.
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She won her first Filmfare Award for Best Actress in 1973 for her performance in the marital drama Abhimaan.
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