When Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak was called Nafrat Ke Waris

Mansoor and Aamir Khan revealed the original working title for the 1988 film at the recently held book launch on Nasir Husain and his films.

Sonal Pandya

Actor Aamir Khan was launched as an actor in Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (1988) which was directed by his cousin Mansoor, with dialogues written by father Tahir’s elder brother Nasir Husain. The film was a stupendous success and made its lead pair, Khan and Juhi Chawla, stars overnight. However, the two cousins revealed that the film was almost called Nafrat Ke Waris.

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The two started to assist Husain initially to get a feel of the ways things work. Aamir talked about how he assisted Husain for four years and watched his “amazing leadership qualities”. Mansoor, however, said that when the two of them assisted his father, he said he was “a useless assistant and [should] have been sacked on day one. Aamir was a brilliant assistant. Yeh kahani Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander mein thi (this story was there in the film), one good son and one bad.”

Mansoor was not too keen to join films but eventually made a video film on the side that gave his father the confidence that he could one day direct a feature. He studied engineering at Bombay IIT and also abroad at MIT, but returned to filmmaking. Aamir said, “Whenever anyone used to ask Mansoor that you’re becoming an engineer, Chachajaan [paternal uncle] would always say, ‘Inko jo karna hai karne do, ghoom phir ke yehi aana hai! (He’ll go where he wants, ultimately he’ll come back here) That’s exactly what happened.”

The script for QSQT was developed by Husain, Mansoor, his sister Nuzhat and Aamir. Mansoor said, “Aamir and Nuzhat’s main job was to resolve the conflict between my dad and me.” The film was supposed to be directed by Husain, while Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander was supposed to be Mansoor’s first film. Husain underwent a surgery and couldn’t recover in time to start shooting the film.

Mansoor agreed to direct QSQT and wanted a few rewrites on the script. Aamir said, “The few things that Mansoor wanted to change was actually 80% of the whole script. The story remained the same.” He then revealed that the original working title of the film was Nafrat Ke Waris to the delighted laughs of the audience.

Aamir and Juhi in a still from the film

Author Akshay Manwani, whose book on Husain, Music Mastic Modernity was launched that night, said it was “basically an offshoot from this dialogue where Aamir in QSQT goes to Randhir Singh and he says, ‘Main aur Rashmi aap dono ke nafrat ke waris banne ko taiyar nahi hain (Rashmi and I will not be the children of your hate).’” According to Mansoor, he was aiming for the literal translation of the animosity between the two families. Daraar was also another possible contender for the film.

Manwani said, “The thing about Nasir Husain is we remember him now for fun, frothy song, dance, music, romance, but he was a man of letters. So he called them one day, ‘Look I think I’ve got the right title, hear me out, be patient — Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak. Mansoor said, ‘I don’t know why but I just loved the title’” Husain also ran by the title by his good friend Majrooh Sultanpuri.

Aamir further elaborated that they wanted a title like the 1953 Deborah Kerr-Burt Lancaster starrer From Here to Eternity and this new title fit perfectly. It sounds completely odd now, but back in the 1980s, Nafrat Ke Waris just might have fit in.

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