Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak – a film of many firsts, completes 25 years since it released and it’s actress Juhi Chawla still rejoices the time she had spent on the sets and says none of them knew, “how the film would turn out”.
The movie marked the debut of the director Mansoor Khan and actor Aamir Khan as director and actor respectively. Juhi Chawla was also appreciated for her role in the romantic flick. “Mansoor Khan called just the other day to say we’re going to have a reunion of the film’s cast and crew. And I was like, my god! Is it really 25 years of QSQT? Wow! I feel so young when I say this (laughs),” said Juhi.
“Jokes aside, it is amazing that the film is still so fresh and alive. The songs by Anand-Milind like ‘Ghazab ka yeh din’ and ‘Ae mere humsafar’ are hummed to this day. Sadly, Majrooh Sultanpuri, who wrote the lovely songs is no more. From the film’s team we also lost our wonderful producer Nasir Hussain Saab. And from the cast Goga Kapoor is gone. But most of us are still around to get together for the screening of QSQT that Mansoor Khan organised….”
Juhi was disappointed that she couldn’t get a chance to work with Mansoor Khan again because he made only two movies after QSQT.
“You know QSQT was not really my debut film. I had done ‘Sultanat’ with Sunny Deol before that. But no one remembers me in that film. If you blinked, you missed me in that. Even I’ve forgotten my role in that film. But I do remember I felt intimidated by all the stalwarts in ‘Sultanat’.
“In QSQT, we were all relatively new, therefore, most comfortable working together. There was no stress, no stretched nerves and frayed ego,” said Juhi, who visited Ooty for the first time to shoot for QSQT.
“I’d wake up at 5 a.m. and do makeup to report on location. It was great fun. We all rehearsed together and we knew every line beforehand. I was so inexperienced I didn’t know why we were rehearsing like we were going to do a play (ha ha).”
“I had to speak like a girl from a Rajput dynasty… I had to speak in that ‘Hum yeh karenge, hum woh karenge’ style. That lingo was alien to me. This was Nasir Hussain saab’s idea. I just said the lines… You know, the lines were said differently in QSQT from the way they were said in those days. I remember my team of hairdresser, makeup person, costume designer used to wonder, ‘Yeh log kya banaa rahen hain’. None of us knew how the film would turn out,” said Juhi.