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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 Bachchan ... Uma Kumar (as Jaya Bhaduri)
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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First film to release of Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya Badhuri after their marriage on 3 June 1973.Film released on 27 July 1973. 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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References Devdas (1955) See more »


Nadiya Kinaare
Sung by Lata Mangeshkar
Music composed by Sachin Dev Burman
Lyrics by Majrooh Sultanpuri
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Stupendous Performances, An Excellent Movie.
13 March 2009 | by Pratik112See all my reviews

What can be said about this old time classic movie? Perhaps it can be described as one of the best movies that I can remember watching in Bangalore with my parents thirty six years back and even that after I had heard that Amitabh Bachchan had got married to Jaya Bhaduri. Watching this film, made me remember those childhood days. A professional singer, whose career is soaring, marries a girl from a village, who has learnt singing from her father and whose career, he takes care of. But then his begins to falter and leads to jealousy.

Starring Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bhaduri, Asrani, David Abraham, Bindu, Durga Khote and A.K. Hangal, this is superbly directed by the late Hrishikesh Mukherjee, while the music is by S.D. Burman I still remember watching Bindu as a vamp in many of the films before this and it made a change to see her in a role, which could have led her to be the "other woman" in this, but she didn't and this made a difference in the story. Amitabh as the husband who becomes jealous is just superb and since this was released after "Zanjeer," he was by then very well known. Jaya Bhaduri was also perfectly cast as are Asrani and David Abraham.

The music by S.D. Burman is beyond any doubt as the best for this type of film and the songs – all of them are memorable even after thirty six years and while listening to and watching them, I was able to sing along, which nowadays is extremely rare to do so as many of the tunes are not so memorable. As the lyricist, Javed Akhtar, said recently, it is very rare to hear such tunes nowadays.

It's a shame that films such as "Abhimaan" are no longer being made and if they are, they wouldn't do very well as times have changed, peoples taste have also changed and they will keep on doing so even after you, the reader, and I are no longer around.

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