April 23, 2013

Old Wine : QSQT turns 25 years!

“Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak” is a 1988 Indian Bollywood romantic drama film written by Nasir Hussain and directed by his son Mansoor Khan. The film starred Hussain’s nephew, Aamir, along with Juhi Chawla in their first major roles. After releasing on 23 April 1988, the film became a box office hit and shot its leading stars to fame overnight. As this famous romantic saga completed 25 years of its release today, we bring you the facts about the film.

·         Aamir Khan wooed the audiences with his chocolate boy attraction as RAJ. Juhi Chawla’s youthful innocence (she’s only just 18 in the film) as RASHMI. Having the typical ‘chocolate hero’ looks, Aamir was publicized as a teen idol. Juhi Chawla was offered the role of Draupadi in BR Chopra’s mega television series Mahabharat, but turned it down when QSQT came along. The success of the film turned her film career around.

·         Aamir Khan with a guitar in the famous college farewell song Papa kahete hain. The film was also the first major hit for the music-director duo of Anand-Milind and singers Udit Narayan. It was also singer Alka Yagnik’s first complete album.

·   When the movie proved a hit, the Mumbai distributors decided to boost its prospects further by introducing a new strategy: buy eight or more tickets of the film and get a poster of Aamir Khan and Juhi Chawla absolutely free. The strategy worked and the collections of the film showed a big jump.

·         Juhi’s said word ‘hum’ instead of ‘main’ in diolouges – this became quite a inclination. Aamir and Juhi’s multiple little kisses– which are quite sweet. Juhi's waiting for Aamir and cooking ultimately she burns her rotis – and  Aamir totally loves it! we too!!

·         The hero is a helpless boy next door with no muscles and gets beaten up – but he is not weak and a runaway couple – most people in young age want to run away from home for love at least once in their lifetime, and this film made glamorized the thought.

 ·         The songs – from Papa kehte hai (both versions) to gazab ka hain din, Akele hain, Aye mere humsafar, and Kaahe Sataye – each melody of Anand-Milind had its own attraction and the numbers are still in the liking list of listeners even today.

 ·      The tragic ending (some thought of Romeo Juliet, 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 QSQTs entry into the classic romance club.

·         Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak also started the trend of having films referred to by an short form of the title. QSQT led to DDLJ (Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge), HAHK (Hum Aapke Hai Kaun) and the like.

·         Aamir Khan’s ex-wife Reena was seen in a shot in the song, Papa Kehte Hain in this movie.It was after this movie that Aamir declared to the media and press that he had married his childhood sweetheart Rina Dutta.

·         In this movie Aamir’s younger role ie child actor role was played by his nephew “Imran Khan” who is the star of “jaane tu ya jaane na”.    It was Javed Akhtar who recommended Nasir Hussain to make Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak with Aamir, who was an assistant director for films like Manzil Manzil and Jabardast.

·         Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak swept the Filmfare awards, winning – among other awards – Best Male Debut for Aamir Khan, Best New Face for Juhi Chawla, Best Director for Mansoor Khan and Best Film.   The film soundtrack contains 5 songs composed by duo Anand-Milind, and won them the Filmfare Best Music Director Award while Udit Narayan won best male playback singer.  The music for “Akele Hain To Kya Gum Hai” is copied from the instrumental number “Return to the Alamo” by the band The Shadows.

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