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Abhimaan (1973)

Not Rated | | Drama, Musical | 27 July 1973 (India)
A popular singer convinces his new wife to enter show-business, but his pride is wounded when she outshines him.


Nabendu Ghosh (screenplay), Rajinder Singh Bedi (dialogue) (as Rajendra Singh Bedi) | 3 more credits »

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Complete credited cast:
Amitabh Bachchan ... Subir Kumar (Beeru)
Jaya Bhaduri ... Uma Kumar
Asrani ... Chandru Kriplani
Bindu ... Chitra
Durga Khote ... Aunt Durga (Durga Mausi)
A.K. Hangal ... Sadanand
David Abraham ... Brijeshwar Rai (as David)
Jaywant Pathare Jaywant Pathare
Lalita Kumari Lalita Kumari ... Radha
Bhola Bhola
Habiba Rehman Habiba Rehman
Biren Tripathy Biren Tripathy
Manohar Kamat Manohar Kamat
Raju Shrestha ... (as Master Rajoo)


Subeer Kumar (Amitabh) is well on his way to becoming India's top pop singer. He has no intention of getting married, but when he goes to visit his Durga Mausi (Mausi=mother's sister), he falls in love with religious, simple Uma, by whose voice he's enchanted. He marries her and returns to Bombay where he announces that he will never sing without Uma again. However, Subeer encourages Uma to sing alone and when her popularity is soon greater than his own, the seed of jealousy begins to grow... The major difference between Uma and Subeer is that she sings for herself, whereas he sings for the public. It is the difference between geet and sangeet. This is the root of the thing that later causes problems, and based on which the movie is named. Written by Gita Lal <trinetri@i-2000.com>

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Drama | Musical


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Release Date:

27 July 1973 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Pride See more »

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1.37 : 1
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Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya Bhaduri invested their own money in the project under the name of a production house called AMIYA. AMI for Amitabh YA For Jaya. As the film did not do good business they both lost thier investment. The copyrights are owned by one of thier secretaries who was looking after the nitty gritty details at the time. See more »


In this film Amitabh Bachchan played the role of a very popular singer whereas three singers gave their voice for him instead of just one. Manhar Udhas ~~ "Loote koi man ka nagar" Mohammad Rafi ~~ "Teri bindiya re" Kishore Kumar ~~ "Meet na mila re man ka", "Tere mere milan ki ye raina" See more »


Uma Kumar: When a song is sung for oneself it becomes music.
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Referenced in Shaadi Ke Side Effects (2014) See more »


Nadiya Kinaare
Sung by Lata Mangeshkar
Music composed by Sachin Dev Burman
Lyrics by Majrooh Sultanpuri
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Marriage, success, and the consequences -- Jaya Bhaduri owns it, Amitabh supports well
5 July 2009 | by Peter_YoungSee all my reviews

Hrishikesh Mukherjee's Abhimaan is a beautiful story involving many aspects of marriage, success and competition between close and related. When it happens between a husband and his wife, it's evident that it's gonna be a troubled relationship. In short, Amitabh Bachchan is a popular singer who falls for and marries a young and talented girl who can also sing. Post marriage, she finds her own success as a singer and soon surpasses his own. And that's when the problems begin. These problems are called envy, pride, ego (or hurt thereof), anger, and the destructive results of such feelings.

This is quite reflective of the real state of these artists at that point of time. While Amitabh was still struggling to pave his way to the top, Jaya was already a leading lady. Amitabh is brilliant in his performance and he displays all the mentioned feelings brilliantly. He is tailor made for such roles, which are not overblown and far more demanding and impressive than the AYM (angry young man) roles he would later play. He is elegant, stylish, serious and looks the character. But the real winner is Jaya, who is very convincing. She is first a bubbly young girl, then a shy newly married bride, then a successful yet humble artist, then a woman who intelligently understands her husband's feelings and despair and takes a firm decision, then a suffering wife who bears the brunt of her husband's anger. She does it all, and displays the right emotions and expressions in every such sequence. An unusually different performance it must be noted comes from the part of Bindu, whose character is surprisingly warmhearted and lovely.

Abhimaan is a fine movie of 1973, and the way it was made, treated by the filmmaker and acted, makes it a must-watch for every cine-goer. It is only two hours long, an exception in Hindi cinema and as expected by a great director like Mukherjee, whose films are always realistic and balanced, never goes overboard.

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