Here's Why Aamir Khan's Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak Was The First Movie of Millenials
I remember my mother, who did her graduation in the late 80s, once told me “There wasn’t anyone in our college who didn’t watch QSQT, everyone was raving about the new Aamir- Juhi duo, the unconventional musical tone and a different take on love stories, QSQT somehow became the generation movie for us”.
Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak, A movie that reincarnated Indian Cinema to break free from the shackles of conventional Bollywood notions. Some call it the first millennial movie of Hindi Cinema, it is a cardinal milestone of Bollywood. Interestingly, the hit released in 1988 still manages to woo us even today.
One of the earliest Romeo- Juliet retales in Bollywood, QSQT is about the family enmity between Randhir Singh and Dhanraj Singh. Dhanraj Singh's sister Madhumati and Randhir Singh's brother Ratan shares an illegitimate relationship which ends up leaving Madhumati pregnant. When Madhumati gets the news that Ratan is getting married to another girl she commits suicide by consuming poison. Enraged and devastated Dhanraj shoot Ratan to death on his wedding day thus results in their bitter relationship. Howewver, by chance encounter, brings Raj and Rashmi the star crossed lovers together, whose personal relationship has to face their familial relationship obstacles.
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The movie launched two biggest faces of Bollywood, Aamir Khan and Juhi Chawla, both who adopted in eccentric and quintessential character delivery. Bollywood was already familiar with the role of a tough macho man and a sexually glorified female lead. QSQT gave a new voice to women sterotypes, Rashmi carrying the confidence on sleeve wasn’t afraid take on a man. Aamir Khan as Raj became 1988’s chocolate boy, where every woman wouldn’t stop talking about Aamir Khan’s cuteness. Raj and Rashmi weren’t anything like any predecessors, their archetypes leads them far away from trite. The rebels of the 80s made us fall in love with a ravishing romance. Two careers were launched in new age Bollywood and two characters were eternalised in Bollywood history.
The music was also the game changer for Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak. Alka Yagnik- Udit Narayan, our favourite singing duo that achieved bigger success the 90s and early 2000s. And the songs of QSQT were prepossessing and transcribed with the film beautifully. No delusions, just conversations between two young lovers. Lyricist Majrooh Sultanpuri translated the love story of Raj and Rashmi. Papa Kehte Hai, Ae mere hamsafar, the melodious tunes are still the favourite.
Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak set a new tone for Bollywood and incarnated new doors. Its influence is still seen till date, a rebel girl, a lovable male lead and a love story that attracts its generation or what we today call as “millennials”. In our country, the biggest population still consists of people in their 20s, people in their 20s or late teens that rather prefer uncongenial ideas. The free birds (atleast intellectually) we need stories to come out of the norms and QSQT was just that in the late 80s. A beautiful yet tragic love story, even today no one should miss the masterpiece Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak.
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