Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Trivial Pursuit 59

Connect the four films ( P.S. : It's not a music related connect ).

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Trivial Pursuit 58

Paul Zils (R) with Fali Billimoria (L)

Paul Zils (C) with Vijaya Mulay (L)

Renowned German Documentary filmmaker Paul Zils got inspired by Rabindranath Tagore's 'Four Chapters' ( 'Char Adhyay' ) , and decided to make a feature film based on the novel.

He prepared a script in Hindi, and sought the help of B.R. Chopra, the then editor of 'Cine Herald', for the cast. Dev Anand and Geeta Bali were signed for the leads, along with Kishore Sahu for a profound parallel character.

Dev Anand was, apparently, inspired by the novel and the script, and sought time to fathom the depths of Atanu, the character he was to play. Similarly, Geeta Bali too had asked for time to understand Ela, her character. However, B.R. Chopra convinced them into doing it right then. And, Geeta Bali is said to have rendered her famous dialogue “Chait Mahine Ke Us Din Maine Tumhari Aankhon Mein Meri Barbadi Dekhi” (I saw my doomsday in your eyes that very day of the month of Chaitra), with such conviction that Dev Anand had tears rolling down his eyes.

"X" had a brilliant score by maestro Pankaj Mullick. The entire cast's performance was mature and sensitive. It released on January 1, 1952. Though it flopped, "X" was a brilliant effort in filming 'Four Chapters'.

Name "X".

A poster of "X".

"X" (1952)

*ing : Kishore Sahu, Dev Anand, Geeta Bali, Raji, Sunalini, Misra, Jagdev, Manju, Michael.

Directed By : Paul Zils
Music By : Pankaj Mullick

Additional Trivia :

Director Kumar Shahani made a Bengali film based on Rabindranath Tagore's 'Char Adhyay'. The film titled 'Char Adhyay', was released in 1997.

Plot :

Adapted from a novella by Rabindranath Tagore, 'Char Adhyay' captures the ideals of the Bengali Renaissance of the 1930's. A group of young intellectuals and revolutionaries, led by the brilliant young Indranath, is fighting for independence from the colonial system. Ela, the group's emancipated muse and teacher, is troubled by her romantic love for the poet Attindra, who - like her - doubts the cruelty of revolutionary acts sanctioned by Indranath's ideals.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Trivial Pursuit 57

Federico García Lorca, Spanish Poet, Dramatist and Theatre Director.

A Hindi film released in 1991, is based on Federico García Lorca's Spanish play "The House of Bernarda Alba" (Spanish : La casa de Bernarda Alba).

The film is unique because it has only female Actors on screen. There are no male Actors in the film.

It is the story of a matriarch, whose husband has just died, leaving behind five unmarried daughters. They are cloistered together in a house, with little room for fulfillment and a great deal of bitterness.

All action takes place in a single habitat. Only three colours; Black, Maroon and Off White are used throughout the film. The film was shot on 16mm and later blown up to 35mm. Original music composer is Mrs. Ila Arun. There is no background music in the film.

Identify the film.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Trivial Pursuit 56

On March 19, 1935, Munshi Premchand, from his temporary home at Hindu Colony in Dadar, wrote to his friend Hashamuddin : "Mumbai is a very commercial city and the climate here doesn't suit me. I am leaving it soon."

After spending just nine months in the city where he wrote a film called 'X', Munshi Premchand returned to his hometown Varanasi, dejected and disappointed. He died there the very next year.

'X' is the only film for which Munshi Premchand wrote the story, dialogues and made a cameo appearance.

Identify 'X'.

Director of 'X', Mr. Mohan Dayaram Bhavnani.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Trivial Pursuit 55

Connect :

Mr. Sunil Gavaskar (Cricketer)

Mr. Nana Chudasama (Social activist)

Mr. Kiran Shantaram (Film maker)

Mr. Dilip Kumar (Actor)

Mr. Sunil Dutt (Actor, Film maker, Politician)

Mrs. Usha Kiran (Actress)

Mr. Vijaypat Singhania (Industrialist, Aviator)

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Trivial Pursuit 53

Connect :

A : A town in the Indian state of Karnataka.

B : An endangered subspecies of red deer which is native to northern Pakistan and India, specially in Jammu and Kashmir, where it is the state animal.

C : An Indian singer of the 'Kirana gharana' who was one of the leading exponents of the 'Khayal' genre of Hindustani classical music.

D : An Indian Actor whose primary occupation for the early part of his life was that of a tailor. Here, he can be seen at his tailoring shop (extreme right & inset), during his younger days.

E : The native alphabet of the Korean language which means "Great Script" in Korean.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Trivial Pursuit 52

This is the official song of Indian Army's, 'Army Air Defence'* Corps.

( * The Corps changed its designation, from Air Defence Artillery to Army Air Defence, with effect from 18th April, 2005. )

The Lyrics of the Corps song, based on the role and ethos of Army Air Defence, have been penned by a famous Lyricist 'X'.

The Lyrics were set to music and composed to be sung like a chorus by a famous Music Director 'Y'.

About 'X' :

'X' was born in Rawalpindi. After the partition, he moved to Dehradun, along with his family.
To pursue his dream to make a career in films, he came to Mumbai in the 60's. Upon reaching Mumbai, he stayed at a hotel in Khar. The hotel was often attended by film personalities. One day at the hotel, he met the secretary of composer duo Shankar-Jaikishan and rendered some of his poems to him. The secretary got impressed with X's work and introduced him to the composer duo. Thus, 'X' got his first break in films. His first song was 'Geet Gaata Hoon Main' for the film 'Lal Patthar' (1971).

Besides Writing, 'X' is a Roller Skating and a Billiards enthusiast. For all his talent, 'X' has always kept a low profile throughout his career.

About 'Y' :

'Y' was born in Delhi to a family of jewellers. A Civil Engineer by profession, 'Y' was part of a band when he studied Engineering while at college in Delhi. In 1992, he left his family business and came to Mumbai to pursue a career in Music. In 1994, his businessman father sent his younger son to Mumbai, to accompany elder brother 'Y'.

'Y' and his younger brother both have made a mark for themselves and have had a decently successful career in Music.

Identify 'X' and 'Y'.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Monday, September 5, 2011

Trivial Pursuit 50

'X' was born in Nagpur and he grew up in Calcutta. He studied in a Hindi medium school up to 9th std. and went on become an engineering graduate (B.Tech. honours in Electrical Engineering) from IIT Bombay. After graduating from IIT, he went to the United States in 1968 for further studies at Michigan State University.

In California, he saw an old cinema hall, an old couple was trying to sell. He leased and renovated it and after showing some American films, decided to show Indian films. He found a 35 mm print of the Hindi film 'Julie', advertised, and ran it. Soon, his cinema hall got a lot of media coverage and became quite famous.

One day, Dev Anand called 'X' from India and said that he wanted to have the premiere of his movie 'Des Pardes' in X's theatre. He was followed by Yash Chopra with 'Kabhi Kabhie', Raj Kapoor with 'Satyam Shivam Sundaram' and Satyajit Ray with 'Shatranj Ke Khiladi'. X's cinema hall became the hot spot where big names from Hindi Cinema introduced their films.

Once, when Sanjeev Kumar had come for the screening of 'Pati Patni Aur Woh', 'X' told him about his desire to be a filmmaker. Sanjeev Kumar helped him in putting up a team and managing funds. 'X' soon made a film called 'Suraag' with Sanjeev Kumar and Shabana Azmi in the main lead.

'X' went on to make some thirty odd films in a career spanning nearly 30 years.

Identify 'X'.