Abhimaan (Hindi: अभिमान, Urdu: ابھِمان, translation: Pride) is a 1973 Indian Hindi 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 did above average business at box office as per the Bollywood trade magazine published at that time. Jaya Bachchan won the Filmfare Best Actress Award for Abhimaan. According to Aalif Surti film is based on troublesome marriage between two sitar maestros Ravi Sankar and Annapurna Devi. Also 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.
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.
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.
Amitabh Bachchan as Subir Kumar
Jaya Bachchan as Uma Kumar
Asrani as Chander Kripalani
David as Brajeshwarlal
Bindu as Chitra
Durga Khote as Durga Mausi
A. K. Hangal as Sadanand
Lalita Kumari as Radha
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
Song "Tere Mere Milan Ki Yeh Raina" was listed at No. 16 on Binaca Geetmala annual list 1973
Song "Meet Na Mila Re Man Ka" was listed at No. 23 on Binaca Geetmala annual list 1973
All lyrics written by Majrooh Sultanpuri; all music composed by Sachin Dev Burman.