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.