Abhimaan (1973 film)

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Directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee
Produced by Susheela Kamat
Pawan Kumar Jain
Written by Rajinder Singh Bedi
Biresh Chatterjee
Nabendu Ghosh
Hrishikesh Mukherjee
Mohan N. Sippy
Biren Tripathy
Starring Amitabh Bachchan
Jaya Bachchan
A.K. Hangal
Music by Sachin Dev Burman
Cinematography Jaywant Pathare
Edited by Das Dhaimade
Release dates
27 July 1973
Running time
122 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi
Box office 17.0 million (US$250,000)[1]

Abhimaan (Hindi: अभिमान, Urdu: ابھِمان‎, translation: Pride) is a 1973 Bollywood musical drama 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 playback singers Mohammed Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar, and Kishore Kumar. Film was declared Hit by Trade Guide, The Bollywood trade magazine published at that time.[2]Jaya Bachchan won the Filmfare Best Actress Award for Abhimaan.[3] 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.[4]


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.

Abhimaan's influence[edit]

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).[5] 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.




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

No. Title Playback Length
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"   Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar 5:49
7. "Teri Bindiya Re"   Lata Mangeshkar, Mohammad Rafi 4:32

Awards and Nominations[edit]

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


  1. ^ "Boxofficeindia.com". Boxofficeindia.com. Retrieved 2012-06-15. 
  2. ^ http://bollybusiness.wordpress.com/2011/12/03/amitabh-movies-verdict-1969-1984-by-trade-guideprakash-pange/
  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. ^ Bharatan, Raju (12 September 2000). "A cineaste in the mainstream cinema". Rediff. Retrieved 16 August 2009. 
  5. ^ 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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