Instead, let's immediately delve into the beauty of this marvellous emotional drama where love, ego and understanding forms the crux. Abhimaan is not just a film, it an experience that needs to be felt. When the good times roll, we need to regale in the mirth. When the storm of ego and pride clouds the halcyon state of affairs in Subir and Uma's life, we need to take a leaf out of it and realise what goes wrong and how it needs to be avoided. While the two lovers suffer, we pray that everything turns out just fine and that music ultimately irons out all the differences that has crept in voluntarily as well as involuntarily.
Good times roll as Subir and Uma rock the music industry singing one glorious tune after another. We have the bouncy Lootey koi man ka nagar (Lata and Manhar Udhas) to regale us. But soon, disturbances come calling. Producers see the gem that Uma is and gradually she starts getting much more offers than her husband. She is reluctant to take them up, but Subir coaxes her, despite feeling a pinch of jealousy at Uma's sudden fame.
Things turn nasty as Subir keeps his dejection to himself and ignores Uma (much to her grief) only because he is utterly insecure of her fame. But then, he is not brave enough to announce his problem to his wife and when she tacitly tries to tell him that she won't sing anymore, he shoves her aside saying that she should not think that he is jealous of her success. Matters come to such a point that he implicitly tells her to get lost from his home and life.
Of the last bit I'm not sure of. For, I feel Subir gets away far too easily. Right, Uma goes to her father's house without taking Subir's permission. But what would the poor girl do? Subir was ill-treating her. No, he never hurled abuses at her or resorted to physical violence. He just completely started ignoring her, an even more painful proposition considering he was so vocal about his love for Uma in the beginning. The chemistry that the two shared is depicted quite regularly. Subir builds a wall around himself to keep Uma out for no fault of hers. Didn't she say that she was happy singing only with him? It was Subir who convinced her to go solo. Then why should she bear the brunt of his insecurity and jealousy. Why is she to suffer is he cannot handle her fame? Immature husband.
Here we come to the age-old discussion about man's position being higher than that of women in society. Uma is shown to be clearly much more talented than her husband. He is popular but soon finds his throne being usurped by his simple wife who bears no ill will towards anyone. Why is she such a thorn in his heart of she did garner a little more praise than him? The big question of male ego and pride comes to haunt the life and love of Subir and Uma like it must have done in the lives of so many couples.