Abhimaan is a 1973 Indian Hindi musical drama film starring Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan, srani and Bindu. It was directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee.
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 Mohammed Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar, and Kishore Kumar.
Film was a major hit at the box office & amongst earliest hits of Bachchan’s glorious career. 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, 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. The 1954 film A Star Is Born has also been cited as a vague influence.
Subir (Amitabh Bachchan) is a professional singer whose career is soaring. He does not plan to marryuntil 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 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. 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.