Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak: Turning-point

Rajiv Vijayakar is a very senior film journalist and critic.

Rajiv Vijayakar

It was April 1988. An avalanche of violent films and cacophonous melodies had crashed onto Hindi cinema’s smooth terrain, causing massive craters in family audience turnout at theatres. Nasir Husain Films, makers of feather-light family entertainers with great music since their debut 1961 film, Jab Pyar Kisise Hota Hai, seemed to be stagnating with flops like Zamaane Ko Dikhaana Hai and Manzil Manzil for the first time. New blood was the crying need of the hour. And on Friday 23, Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak hit the screen just like the life-saving prescription of an ace doctor – and movies and music were never the same again.