Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak

I can still picture it. The moment when Raj sees Rashmi riding her horse, knowing full well who she is, his heart is nonetheless lost immediately. With an equal share of humour, romance and drama, Mansoor Khan has created a timeless film, perfectly blending the oft repeated themes of 'Romeo and Juliet' with a youthful Indian spin. The storytelling has an innocence, freshness and simplicity that is one of the film's biggest assets, aside from the pairing of Juhi and Aamir. Even amongst the warring, the hatred, the tough Rajput ideals and principles of family honour, we are graced with a sweet love story - one that shows us the process of how the boy and girl fall in love and their subsequent courtship.

The movie starts out on a very serious note - that of honor killings - and I had no idea how common it was. After visiting The Bollywood Fan's blog (who, incidentally has a fantastic joint review of this film with Bitten By Bollywood here and here) I was sent to one article, which lead to another and another. It truly is horrifying to read that all of this happens between the people we are supposed to love the most, but it all really lent a huge credibility to the beginning of this movie. Thank goodness, the grim and horrific happenings dissolved quickly and lead the way to a movie with great heart.

Having only seen a small handful of Aamir movies, but loving them all, I am well aware that this is a man who plunges himself into his roles. I've really only had the opportunity to see the serious side of him with his roles in Ghajini, Lagaan, Fanaa, Taare Zameen Par, etc. so it was a very different experience for me to see a young hearthrob grace my screen. Had I seen this movie when I was younger, sillier and more prone to obsess over movie stars, I may have added Aamir Khan to the list of actors and musicians whose posters graced my bedroom walls. Aamir captures the charm and yes, awkwardness, of Raj perfectly.

Juhi Chawla gives us an perfectly endearing performance - one in which I can only assume was probably cutting edge in the late 80's - the independent, strong willed and unusually forward Rashmi. I have an affinity for strong woman characters and loved how Rashmi held no pretense about who she was and what she wanted. For example she leaves her 'assigned' place the other side of the campfire to sleep next to Raj, she flirts with him through Gazab ka Hai Din and she is the first to tell him she likes him. Even in a typical scene of the heroine being harassed by goons, Rashmi gives it to the man hitting him 'right where it hurts.' At the risk of sounding completely cliche, YOU GO GIRL!

While Aamir and Juhi are no doubt the stars of this film through and through, the young couple are extremely well supported by Raj Zutshi as Raj's cousin and Shehnaz as Rashmi's friend, Kavita, while the older brigade Dalip Tahil, Reema Lagoo, Beena, Asha Sharma and in particular, Goga Kapoor (who I also think looks a little like Amrish Puri) give a good account of themselves. Alok Nath, however, was my favorite supporting character as Raj's sensible uncle who tries to be the voice of reason, but is all but neglected at every turn.

Breaking my teeth on movies like Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, Veer Zaara, Don - the Chase Begins, and Om Shanti Om, I always thought of Udit Narayan as the voice of Shah Rukh Khan. Little did I know that QSQT was also his debute as a playback singer, and not only did he go one to be the voice of Aamir for many more movies to come, but he won a multitude of awards for those songs, the first being for Papa Kehte Hai. I can't go on without recognizing that behind every good man is an even better woman. Props to Alka Yagnik for matching Udit every step of the way!

My fav's from the film:

I was not at all surprised to see the multitude of awards that this film won. I imagine the Filmfare awards are to India like the Academy Awards are to Hollywood, so for a movie to win everything from best movie to best direction to best actors to best music, it has got to be something special. I think it deserved them all and, even if I was a little late in joining the QSQT bandwagon, I'm sure I'm in good company.

5 Response to "Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak"

  1. bollywooddeewana says:
    June 30, 2009 at 12:21 PM

    still haven't seen this, i know i would like it when i do, but i really do love the Papa kehte hai song

  2. shell says:
    June 30, 2009 at 3:16 PM

    I know - that song is so catchy! I am really amazed at how much I liked it, plus without giving it away, the ending was unexpected - which is probably what left a lasting impression on me. Definitely worth a watch.

  3. theBollywoodFan says:
    June 30, 2009 at 10:12 PM

    I'm so glad you liked this, shell! Agree with you on liking Juhi and her character traits -- that quiet sense of confidence can be very appealing, to say the least!

    The music to QSQT has held up very well. Isn't it amazing that the Udit Narayan-Alka Yagnik pair also sang in Lagaan? (And many many more before and at least one after.)

    I would also recommend Dil Hai Ke Maanta Nahin and Hum Hain Raahi Pyaar Ke.

    And finally, thanks for the link :)

  4. Daddy's Girl says:
    July 1, 2009 at 2:02 AM

    Yay, I'm glad you enjoyed this - I loved Aamir and Juhi so much in this film. Juhi was so bright and so guilelessly open and charming, and it's that quality of hers I love the most. No-one can do that likes she does.
    And Aamir is fantastic in this. I love watching Aamir's early work - the films he did before he became known as a 'serious actor' - he has always had such great charisma and raw talent, and it's great to see how he's honed and refined his craft over the years without losing the essence of what makes him so easy to connect with onscreen.
    QSQT is really well made (I thought it was beautifully shot), and its music certainly stands up very well after all these years - I really love 'Papa Kehte Hain'. I still listen to it all the time.


    Unlike you, I knew beforehand how the movie was going to end, so I was surprised by how much it affected me... had to reach for a tissue (or two)!

  5. shell says:
    July 1, 2009 at 7:13 AM

    @ theBollywoodFan - I had to go check out the movies you recommended right away. I've never seen Pooja in anything, but she's sure beautiful. I watched the title song - hilarious! I loved how she surprisingly licks the food off Aamir's face and then he's all pissed off and lays on the bench with the "Do Not Touch" sign. lol! As for Hum Hain Raahi Pyaar Ke - I think I'm a Juhi/Aamir jodi fan now for sure, so they've both made my list.

    And, you're welcome. It was a much better review than I could ever give.

    @ Daddy's Girl - I never hardly know what a movie is about when I put it on so everything is a surprise to me. I've seen Juhi in a few movies, but she just struck me in this one. Her beauty as much as her character - now I see the Miss India side to her. And I can't get over how cute and unassuming Aamir was. These early movies are having a whole new impact on me.