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For the Islamic matrimonial contract, see Nikah.
Directed by B. R. Chopra
Produced by B. R. Chopra
Starring Raj Babbar
Deepak Parashar
Salma Agha
Music by Ravi
Cinematography Dharam Chopra
Edited by S. B. Mane
Release dates
24th September 1982
Country India
Language Hindi/urdu

Nikaah (Urdu: نکاح‎, English: Marriage Contract) is a 1982 Bollywood Hindi/Urdu film produced and directed by B. R. Chopra. The film stars Raj Babbar, Deepak Parashar and Salma Agha in her Bollywood movie debut role. The film also had Asrani and Iftekhar in supporting roles. The film's music was composed by Ravi and was a huge hit. The original name of the movie was Talaq Talaq Talaq, but was renamed Nikaah on the insistence of Islamic clerics [1]. The film won Filmfare Award for Best Dialogue and Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer in 1983. It was declared 'Blockbuster' at the Box Office.


In Nikaah,B.R Chopra makes a social comment on the sharia laws of divorce (Talaq) and its misuse in Indian Muslim society.

The film is set in Hyderabad, Deccan. Haider (Raj Babbar) and Nilofar (Salma Agha) are student in the Osmania University. Haider, an aspiring poet, falls in love with Nilofar without knowing she is already engaged to Wasim (Deepak Parashar), who is a Nawab. Nilofar and Wasim are engaged and they eventually marry. Meanwhile, Haider becomes a successful poet and editor of a magazine.

After marriage it turns out that Wasim is a workaholic and also have the tendency of picking up fights in petty issues. During their honeymoon, Wasim gets a new business contract and spends most of his time at work. Nilofer, who was expecting a happy married life is disappointed and feels neglected and lonely. Wasim repeatedly fails to keep her promises to Nilofer and keeps her in waiting on numerous occasions, often leaving her in tears. On the occasion of their first wedding anniversary Wasim and Nilofar arrange a party for which Wasim fails to turn up. Nilofar can't face the questions of the guests and retires to her bedroom. The guests are insulted by the absence of the hosts and leave the party. This leads to a heated argument between the couple and in a moment of rage Wasim divorces Nilofar by saying Talaq three times, without fulfilling other conditions required by sharia laws to perform this (which was a usual practice in Indian Muslim society in those times).

Nilofar, now a divorcee is offered a job by Haider in his magazine. During this period she realizes Haider is still in love with her. Wasim who has divorced her in a moment of anger, wants to reconcile and marry her again. He approaches the Imam and asks his advice on the matter. The Imam tells him the complexity of the Sharia law for remarrying a wife after divorcing her. This requires her to marry someone else and get a divorce later. Only then will Wasim be able to remarry Nilofar.

During this time Haider expresses his love towards Nilofar and his desire to marry her. They marry with the consent of their parents. Wasim sends a letter to Nilofar asking her to divorce Haider and marry him. Haider reads this letter and thinks that Nilofar and Wasim are still in love. He decides to offer her a divorce, so that she can marry Wasim. He brings Wasim to her and offers his consent to divorce her through Talaq. But Nilofar turns it down and questions both of them on their treating of her like property rather than as a woman. She says she wants to continue her life with Haider. Wasim blesses both of them and leaves.

Lead Casts[edit]


All lyrics written by Hassan Kamaal; all music composed by Ravi.

No. Title Playback Length
1. "Beete Hue Lamhon Ki Kasak Sath Toh Hogi -"   Mahendra Kapoor  
2. "Chehra Chhupa Liya Hai Kisine Hijab Me"   Mahendra Kapoor, Salma Agha, Asha Bhosle  
3. "Chupke Chupke Raat Din"   Ghulam Ali  
4. "Dil Ke Armaan Aansuo Me Bah Gaye"   Salma Agha  
5. "Dil Ki Ye Aarzoo Thi Koi Dilruba Mile"   Mahendra Kapoor, Salma Agha  
6. "Faza Bhi Hai Jawaan Jawaan" (1) Salma Agha  
7. "Faza Bhi Hai Jawaan Jawaan" (2) Salma Agha  

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Nominee/Work Award Result
1982 Salma Agha (for "Dil Ke Armaan") Filmfare Best Female Playback Award Won
Dr. Achla Nagar Filmfare Best Dialogue Award Won
B. R. Chopra (for B. R. Films) Filmfare Award for Best Film Nominated
B. R. Chopra Filmfare Award for Best Director Nominated
Salma Agha Filmfare Award for Best Actress Nominated
Dr. Achla Nagar Filmfare Award for Best Story Nominated
Ravi Filmfare Award for Best Music Director Nominated
Hassan Kamaal (for "Dil Ke Armaan") Filmfare Award for Best Lyricist Nominated
Hassan Kamaal (for "Dil Ki Ke Yeh Arzoo") Nominated
Salma Agha (for "Faza Bhi Hai Jawan") Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer Nominated
Salma Agha (for "Dil Ki Yeh Arzoo")[1] Nominated


  1. ^ 1st Filmfare Awards 1953

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