Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya Bhaduri were the favourites of Hrishikesh Mukherjee, and thus when the maverick director put them together in 'Abhimaan', something special had to happen.
The film also featured Asrani, AK Hangal and Bindu in important roles, but the prime focus was on Amitabh and Jaya only.
'Abhimaan' was released on July 27, 1973, exactly 40 years ago. It still is a milestone film in Amitabh Bachchan's career.
SD Burman's music was at its best in 'Abhimaan'. The film had at least 7 superhit songs including 'Meet na mila re mann ka', 'Teri bindiya re' and 'Loote koi mann ka nagar'.
The story of the film revolved around a successful singer Subir (Amitabh) who falls in love with a village girl Uma (Jaya).
Rajinder Singh Bedi wrote the dialogues for 'Abhimaan' and they were perfectly sensible to appeal the urban as well as the rural audiences.
Subir goes on to marry Uma and the couple starts to live a happy life but very soon they begin to understand the differences of their cultural backgrounds.
Subir introduces Uma to his world of music where she starts to receive more attention than Subir.
Subir's ego couldn't digest Uma's spectacular success and their family life begins to disintegrate.
Today, Amitabh Bachchan is still enjoying the superstardom while Jaya Bachchan has proved to be his worthy partner. It wouldn't be a bad idea if any producer bring them together for the sequel of 'Abhimaan'.
Hrishikesh Mukherjee's intense drama featured Amitabh Bachchan in a never seen before role, where he was entirely different than his famous Angry Young Man image.
Interestingly, Jaya Bachchan was a more bankable actor than Amitabh at the time of Abhimaan's release.
The film picked up slowly at the box-office but achieved new heights once the audience started showing interest in it.
Though Jaya won the Filmfare for Best Actress for 'Abhimaan', but it also introduced the film world to the other side of Amitabh Bachchan.
The early 1970s was far from today's liberal age but Hrishikesh Mukherjee's film was a foresight of what to expect from the next millennium.