25 years of Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak: 10 things we loved about the Aamir Khan-Juhi Chawla movie!

25 years of Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak: 10 things we loved about the Aamir Khan-Juhi Chawla movie!

As the iconic Bollywood love story celebrates 25 years of its release today, we look at what made the film work with the audiences back then…and still does today

On April 23, 1988, famous filmmaker Nasir Hussain’s production Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (QSQT) released in a rather low-key manner. It launched his now-famous nephew, Aamir Khan into the world of cinema. The film’s leading lady, Miss India Juhi Chawla had debuted in another film, but QSQT served more like her first film in terms of appreciation and box office returns. The movie also marked the directorial first for Hussain’s son Mansoor Khan.

QSQT was a very Bollywoodesque and innocent take on William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. It came in as a whiff of fresh air when action films with angry, angstish heroes like Amitabh Bachchan were still trending, and youngsters had no option but to watch Mithun Chakraborty, Govinda and Sanjay Dutt on the big screen. Rishi Kapoor was almost passé as a lover boy by then. The concept of undying love made a welcome comeback with the enchanting Aamir-Juhi pair.

Many of us were in school when the film released, and it left an indelible impression on our young minds. Here are 10 things which we loved about Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak that left the heartbreaking romance fresh in our minds even today.

1. Aamir Khan’s chocolate boy charm as Raj

2. Juhi Chawla’s youthful innocence (she’s just 18 in the film) as Rashmi

3. Aamir Khan with a guitar in the iconic college farewell song Papa kehte hain

4. Juhi’s use of the word ‘hum’ instead of ‘main’ – this became quite a trend

5. Aamir and Juhi’s multiple little smooches – simultaneously ‘Cho chweet’ and ‘OMG! They kissed!’

6. The heroine can’t cook and burns her rotis – and her lover totally loves it!

7. The hero is a vulnerable boy next door with no muscles and gets beaten up – but he is not weak

8. The runaway couple – most people want to run away from home for love at least once in their lifetime, and this film romanticised the thought

9. The songs – from Papa kehte hai (both versions) to Gazab ka hai din, Akele hain, Aye mere humsafar and Kaahe sataye – each melody of Anand-Milind had its own charm and the numbers are on the fave list of listeners even today.

10. The tragic ending (some thought of Romeo and Juliet, others Ek Duje Ke Liye). Apparently, the film had two endings, and the sad one was chosen by Mansoor in spite of opposition. This end ensured QSQT’s entry into the classic romance club.

So BollywoodLifers, are you fans of Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak too? Tell us in the comments below what you liked about the memorable film!Subscribe to me on YouTube


  • Priya

    I love everything about Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak! The actors, the music, the story… everything!

    • seema

      me, too!

      • paul

        unforgetable,mind blowing juhi aamir both diz film wil alwayz be in my mind and it makes me feel refresh

  • Khalid

    For me qyamat se qyamat tak remains one the most romantic movies from the best years gone by.

    The music was out of this world,story and seeing Aamir khan & juhi chawla for the first time as young lovers..my heart just melted and I fell in love with them.

    The songs : gazab ka hai din & akele hai tho kia gham hai…and eh mere humsafar still is some of my most favorite and relaxable songs.

    The movie will always be with me,lookinng back in 1988 I was only 14 years old,but wow what a experince.
    Than som years later came : DIL..ANOTHER GREAT movie from <<<<aamir khan……

  • Muhammad Asif

    aamir khan the great man the greatest actor ever the great son the great father the great brother and the great human being…he is the best and truely Mr Perfect.

  • Bharat savla

    Innocennec&freshnesh of juhi’s cherector. The catchy hitsongs. the sequvence of lost in forèst with such a sweet girl,& the tregic end that make the film unforgeteble one

  • oyshi

    qayamat se qayamat tak i every watch it.ilike this movie.i like song.i like everythings this movie.tell me one more thing qayamat se qayamat tak remake in our country.every things coppy.songs also coppy.bangla movie named keyamat theke keyamat.but original qayamat se qayamat tak is the best

  • vinutha boraiah

    QSQT, my most favourite movie.I watch all gud movies in kannada and hindi.i have watched QSQT innumerable times both in tv and cd.for me qsqt is the perfect movie, the best possible star cast,pure n simple love story, crisp dialogue,not one unnecessary scene or dialogue. eyecatching cinamatography, evergreen melody songs.qsqt is my first crush and my first luv. even today i can watch qsqt any time and any day. the perfect start for a perfectionist.