Commercial success might have been playing on director Hrishikesh Mukherjee's mind (and indeed Abhimaan was reasonably well received). Released within months of its lead players Jaya and Amitabh's marriage,Abhimaan deals with newlyweds. The screen couple encounter discord due to their differing levels of professional success. Subir (Amitabh) is a star singer, known for his repertoire of crowd-pleasing songs, a fact established by the Kishore Kumar number, 'Meet na mila re man ka'.Subir feels acutely alone, despite being besieged by midnight telephone calls from frantic female fans . Subir's visit to his doting aunt, Durga Mausi (Durga Khote), who lives in a distant village, fructifies in a meeting with Uma (Jaya Bhaduri), daughter of a classical singer. Interestingly, director Mukherjee subtly suggest the differing points of view underlying the obvious attraction that the couple feel for each other. The film evocatively captures the blissful early days of the marriage Superb performances by Amitabh and Jaya are the life force of the film. While watching Abhimaan, one is tempted to wonder if Jaya's subsequent opting out of the limelight was partially influenced by this film. Amitabh plays a star singer with flamboyant ?lan, looks genuinely in love and later wears the sullen look as if it were second skin. Jaya is appropriately expressive in the first half and appears effectively numbed in the climax. Bindu succeeds in becoming the onscreen representation of the audience.Asrani is terrific as the secretary who constantly familiarizes Subir with his fragile-as-China male ego.
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