Nikaah is a 1982 Bollywood movie which was directed by B. R. Chopra. The movie is a classic love story that deals with the theme of Muslim culture and traditions. Nikaah features an impressive cast such as Raj Babbar, Deepak Parashar, and Govardhan Asrani in leading roles. Raj Babbar plays the role of a famous journalist who falls in love with a Muslim girl called Nilofar (played by Salma Agha) during his visit to Hyderabad. Their love story has a lot of twists and turns, as they come from two different cultures, and their respective families do not approve of their relationship. Nilofar's father Khan Sahab (played by Iftekhar) arranges her marriage to a wealthy man, Akhtar (played by Deepak Parashar), who is blinded in an accident.
The story of Nikaah progresses with dramatic sequences as the couple tries to make a stand against the society and get married. The movie portrays the intense emotions, rituals, and complexities of Nikaah (the Muslim marriage ceremony) in a very realistic manner. The movie was released in 1982 when the concept of love marriages and inter-religious marriages were still taboo concepts in Indian society.
The music of the movie is composed by Ravi and has become the trademark of the movie. The songs are a beautiful blend of ghazals and Qawwalis sung by the renowned Pakistani singer, Salma Agha, who made her debut with this movie. The song "Dil Ke Armaan Ansuon Mein Beh Gaye" became an instant hit and is still remembered as one of the most iconic songs in Indian cinema.
One of the highlights of the movie is the powerful performance by Raj Babbar, who delivers an intense emotional performance as the protagonist. Deepak Parashar, who plays the role of Nilofar's blind husband, also gives a convincing performance. Salma Agha, who played the leading lady, had a soulful and hypnotic voice and was highly praised for her acting debut in the Indian film industry.
Nikaah is a movie that explores the complexities of human relationships and the importance of love, respect, and trust in any relationship. The movie gave a strong message to the society about the importance of living according to one's beliefs and standing up for the love of one's life.
The movie was a commercial success and was highly appreciated by critics and the audience. It received several awards for its exceptional direction, screenplay, and music. Nikaah earned a special place in the history of Indian cinema as a masterpiece of the genre and is still considered a classic today. The movie has left a lasting legacy in the minds of its audience.