Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (QSQT) is a 1988 Indian Bollywood musical romance movie directed by Mansoor Khan and featuring his cousin Aamir Khan as well as Juhi Chawla. It was written and produced with their dad Nasir Hussain. The movie was a critical and commercial success triumph, and it turned Aamir Khan and Juhi Chawla into enormously popular celebrities. It was released on April 29, 1988, to critical praise.
The narrative of the film Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak was based on traditional tragic love legends like Layla and Majnun, Heer Ranjha, and Romeo and Juliet, but with a contemporary twist. QSQT, having “reinvented the romantic musical genre” in Bollywood, was indeed a watershed moment in Indian cinema, laying the groundwork again for the era of Bollywood musical romance films which dominated the 1990s.
The movie’s soundtrack, produced by Anand-Milind with lyrics penned by Majrooh Sultanpuri, was incredibly good, and became one of the best-selling Bollywood soundtrack records of the 1980s, with over 8 million records sold and the track “Papa Kehte Hain” and has become the album’s greatest famous hit track. The soundtrack became a watershed moment in the careers of Anand-Milind and T-Series, which was one of India’s most prestigious musical companies.
The movie is considered one of the biggest “Top 25 Must-See Bollywood Films” by Indiatimes Movies. It was nominated for eight Filmfare Awards, namely Best Film, Best Director for Mansoor Khan, Best Male Debut for Aamir Khan, as well as Best Female Debut for Juhi Chawla, also won the National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment.
Mansoor Khan, the son of Nasir Hussain and cousin of Aamir Khan, made his directorial debut with the movie. Khan portrayed Raj, a clean-cut, decent boy-next-door” inside the movie, which was about lost love and family resistance. The narrative was based on traditional tragic romance legends like Layla and Majnun, Heer Ranjha, and Romeo and Juliet, but with a contemporary twist.
Mansoor said that their father Nasir intended to introduce Aamir as a prominent actor, and saw Mansoor’s telefilm, Nasir was sure that Mansoor should helm the movie. The movie was originally called Nafrat Ke Waaris before being renamed.
Aamir Khan was active inside the movie’s marketing and promotion. He organised an outdoor ad campaign that consisted of a faceless sign that read, “What is Aamir Khan’s background? Inquire of the girl next door.” Khan also travelled throughout Mumbai, holding up signs on auto-rickshaws with aid of his brother-in-law Raj Zutshi.