Abhimaan (1973)

 ●  Hindi ● 2 hrs 2 mins

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This emotionally charged romantic tale follows the fluctuating fortunes in the life of 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 is captivated by her enchanting and pure voice, finding himself madly in love in no time at all, and ends up marrying Uma. After 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. This emotionally charged tale reaches a very sensitive situation when the couple separates and Uma has a miscarriage. Will the couple reunite again? Is there any possibility of them finding enough acceptance and understanding in each other to sing together again?
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Did you know? This film was more popular in Sri Lanka than it was in India and was screened continuously for 590 days in the same cinema, Empire, Colombo. Read More
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as Subir Kumar
as Uma Kumar
as Sadanand
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as Aunt Durga
as Chandru Kriplani
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The music in this movie is considered a benchmark and won S. D. Burman the 1974 Filmfare Award for Best Music Director.

This film was more popular in Sri Lanka than it was in India and was screened continuously for 590 days in the same cinema, Empire, Colombo.

This movie was a turning point in the career of actress 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).

Jaya Bachchan, co-actor Amitabh Bachchan's wife in real life won the Filmfare Best Actress Award for her exemplary performance in this movie, but soon after this movie she cut down on work and later took many years off to raise a family.

This insightful tale is based on the life of singer Kishore Kumar and his first wife, Ruma Ghosh. However, audiences found similarities between real-life couple Amitabh and Jaya and the couple they portrayed on-screen, as Jaya's career was stronger than Amitabh's at the time.

Originally the film was titled "Raag Ragini".

Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya Bhaduri invested their own money in the project.