Abhimaan (1973 film)

Abhimaan (1973 film)

name = Abhimaan

director = Hrishikesh Mukherjee
writer = Rajinder Singh Bedi (dialogue),
Biresh Chatterjee (screenplay)
starring = Amitabh Bachchan,
Jaya Bachchan,
producer = Susheela Kamat,
Pawan Kumar
distributor =
released = July 27, 1973
runtime =
language = Hindi, Urdu
budget =
imdb_id = 0069671

"Abhimaan" (Devanagari: अभिमान, Nastaliq: ابھمان, translation: Pride) is a 1973 Bollywood film starring Amitabh Bachchan; his real-life wife, Jaya Bachchan; Asrani; and Bindu. It was directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee.

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 famous playback singers Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar, and Mohammed Rafi.

The movie takes inspiration from "A Star Is Born" (1954). When it was released, audiences found similarities between real-life couple Amitabh and Jaya and the couple they portrayed on-screen—as Jaya's career was stronger than Amitabh's at the time. She won the Filmfare Best Actress Award for "Abhimaan".


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 famous 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.


Soon after Jaya Bachchan won the Filmfare Best Actress Award for the film., she cut down on work and later took many years off to raise a family. Some have speculated that she focused on personal affairs to avoid the turmoil that her character in "Abhimaan" experienced.facts|date=January 2008

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).

Hollywood's original "A Star Is Born" was released in 1937; the notable musical remake was released in 1954. Another remake followed in 1976.


* Amitabh Bachchan ... Subir Kumar
* Jaya Bachchan ... Uma Kumar
* Asrani ... Chander Kripalani
* David ... Brajeshwarlal
* Bindu ... Chitra
* Durga Khote ... Durga Massi
* A. K. Hangal ... Sadanand
* Lalita Kumari ... Radha

External links

* [http://www.rediff.com/entertai/2002/jul/06dinesh.htm Memories of Abhimaan]

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