Abhimaan (1973 film)

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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 (1973-07-27)
Running time
122 minutes
Box officeest. 1.7 crore
(est. 43.52 crore as of 2019)[1]

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

According to Aalif Surti, the film is based on the troublesome marriage between two Hindustani classical music maestros, the sitarist Ravi Sankar and the surbahar player Annapurna Devi,[2] 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.[3] The 1954 film A Star Is Born has also been cited as a vague influence.[4]

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 Kishore Kumar, Mohammed Rafi, and Lata Mangeshkar. The film was a major hit at the box office and is amongst the earliest hits of Bachchan's career.[5] Jaya Bachchan won the Filmfare Best Actress Award for Abhimaan.[6]


Subir is a professional singer with a soaring career. He does not plan to marry—until he meets Uma, a sweet village girl who is musically gifted. 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. After heavy criticism from his aunt, they 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 Director : Sachin Dev Burman
  • Music Assistant : Meera Dev Burman, Anil Mohile, Arun Paudwal, Maruti Rao
  • Playback Singers : Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar, Mohammad Rafi, Manhar Udhas


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 for 1973.

1."Ab To Hai Tumse Har Khushi Apni"Lata Mangeshkar4:25
2."Loote Koi Man Ka Nagar"Lata Mangeshkar, Manhar Udhas3:04
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"Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar5:49
7."Teri Bindiya Re"Lata Mangeshkar, Mohammad Rafi4:32
8."Tere Mere Milan Ki Yeh Raina (version 2)"Kishore Kumar 
9."Omkaram Bindu Sanyuktam"Anuradha Paudwal 

Awards and nominations[edit]

Filmfare Awards
Year Category Nominee Result Ref.
1974 Best Actress Jaya Bachchan Won [7]
Best Music Director S. D. Burman Won
Best Supporting Actor Asrani Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Bindu 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).[8] 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. ^ Surti, Aalif (May 2000). "Annapurna Devi: The Tragedy And Triumph of Ravi Shankar's First Wife". Man's World. Retrieved 22 April 2017.
  3. ^ Bharatan, Raju (12 September 2000). "A cineaste in the mainstream cinema". Rediff. Retrieved 16 August 2009.
  4. ^ Rachel Dwyer (25 July 2019). 100 Bollywood Films. Bloomsbury Publishing. p. 20. ISBN 978-1-83871-396-6.
  5. ^ "Amitabh Movies Verdict (1969–1984) By Trade Guide(Prakash Pange)". 3 December 2011.
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ "21st Filmfare Awards 1974". IMDb.
  8. ^ 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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