Thursday, October 27, 2011

Trivial Pursuit 71

'Night Shift' is the first collection of short stories by Stephen King, first published in 1978. Many of King's most famous short stories were included in this collection.

The book also featured a previously unpublished short story 'Quitters, Inc.'

A 1985 film starring a very young Drew Barrymore was based on three short stories by Stephen King, including 'Quitters, Inc.'

In "Quitters, Inc.", a cat is picked up by a shady New York "Doctor" who uses experimental techniques to get people to "Quit something". His latest client is a man named Morrison, who learns he'll suffer some terrible consequences if he tries to cheat.

A Hindi film released in 2007 was also based on 'Quitters, Inc.'

Name the film.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Trivial Pursuit 70

‘X Y Khosti’ was the chief of a freedom fighters group who fought against the British Raj in the 1930's at Balochistan.

Most of India was under the British rule except for a small portion — mostly at the western side and in the Pashtun areas, which always gave the Britishers a tough time. This land was protected by ‘X Y’ and his group.

‘X Y’ never settled for an agreement between his group and the British Raj against any sort of compensation.

‘X Y’ has also been the subject of a Hindi film.

Identify the film.

( Pic : X Y Khosti )

Monday, October 24, 2011

Trivial Pursuit 69

'X' had to attend a show for the Army personnel, so he wrote a letter to Lataji on 28/11/1967, and requested her to shift the recording date of a duet to be recorded for Kalyanji - Anandji.

'X' even sketched two images for Lataji. Sketch 'Y' showed a boat sailing in water and sketch 'Z' showed a house. Both images depicted two beautiful songs sung by 'X'.

Identify 'X', 'Y' and 'Z'.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Trivial Pursuit 68

Connect :

Prem Adib

P Jairaj

Shammi Kapoor

Manoj Kumar

Ajay Devgan

Bobby Deol

Sonu Sood

Tarun Khanna

Deepak Datta

Friday, October 21, 2011

Trivial Pursuit 67

'Tarzan Goes to India' (1962), is an English film Directed by John Guillermin and Produced by
Sy Weintraub. Actor Jock Mahoney stars as a lean, tall and agile Tarzan.

In the film, Tarzan is summoned to India by an old friend, a Maharajah (Murad), who is concerned that 300 elephants will be drowned if a valley gets flooded, when a dam is opened to create a man-made lake, to power a hydroelectric plant.

Tarzan is pitted against two engineers who ignore the catastrophic results their work will create. Tarzan is assisted by the Maharajah's daughter, Princess Kamara ('X'), and Jai (Jai), a young Mahout who rides a mighty elephant named 'Gajendrah'.

Tarzan with The Maharajah and Princess Kamara

Producer Sy Weintraub chose a 15 year old 'X' as his lead actress, from 800 applicants who answered an ad in a Bombay daily, and he discovered Jai the elephant boy on the streets of Bombay.

Feroz Khan, who started his career by doing low budget films, appeared in the role of Prince Raghu Kumar in this film. He later went on to become a star in his own right.

Identify 'X', who made her debut by playing the role of Princess Kamara in 'Tarzan Goes To India' (1962). Her performance in this English film was good enough for her to receive many more film offers, and she went on to star in many Hindi films.

Additional Trivia :

Mr. Feroz Khan's father Mr. Sadiq Ali Khan Tanoli was an Afghan hailing from the Ghazni province of Afghanistan, and his mother Fatima was of Persian ancestry.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Trivial Pursuit 66

Sai Paranjpye

Basu Bhattacharya

"Sparsh" (1980), Sai Paranjpye's first film and a truly great piece of work, makes it clear that physically challenged people do not need sympathy. Naseeruddin Shah gave one of his best performances and bagged the Best Actor - National Award for this film.

The film was Produced by Basu Bhattacharya and strangely, it was not released for a long time. A lot of bitterness was generated between Sai Paranjpye and Basu Bhattacharya over the issue of the film's release.

Angry at Bhattacharya's conduct, Sai Paranjpye did something which was her way of taking out on Basu Bhattacharya.

What did Sai Paranjpye do ?

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Trivial Pursuit 65

Sydney George Hopkins

"Mister God, This Is Anna" is a touching true story that won the hearts of millions of readers around the world. Written by Sydney George Hopkins under the pseudonym "Fynn", the book describes the adventures of Anna, a mischievous yet wise four year old girl, whom "Fynn" finds as a runaway. In the book, Fynn recounts his time spent with Anna, and gives a very personal account of her.

Which famous Indian film was inspired by the book "Mister God, This Is Anna" ?

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Trivial Pursuit 64

Connect the following to a person :

A commemorative stamp released by the Government of India in 1978.

A commemorative stamp released by Bangladesh in 1999.

Mrs. Manini Chatterjee

Mr. Ajay Bijli and Mr. Sanjeev Kumar Bijli

Poster of an upcoming Hindi film.

Mr. Bedabrata Pain, (Producer, Director)

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Trivial Pursuit 63

A song called "Birja Teer Chala" - from 'Awami Tohfa', in the Baluchi dialect, was used to promote Mrs. Benazir Bhutto's election campaign (the 'teer' or arrow being her electoral symbol).

Its exciting rhythms and groovy percussion made it a foot tapping number.

A song inspired by this election campaign song, was used in a Hindi film starring Mr. Amitabh Bachchan.

Name the song and the Hindi film in which it was used.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Trivial Pursuit 62

An original poster of 'Sholay' (1975).

Hand painted posters of 'Sholay' (1975).

"Train hitting the logs" scene from 'Sholay' (1975).

'X' learned Urdu from Meena Kumari. He and Sanjeev Kumar practiced the most difficult scenes for perfection and variety. 'X' even took lessons of film editing from Hrishikesh Mukherjee.

After completing the shooting of 'Sholay', 'X' spoke to the Production Manager to seek permission from Mr. Ramesh Sippy, to stay back at the location, as he wanted to learn something about Direction.

When Mr. Ramesh Sippy knew about his desire, he allowed 'X' to remain on the sets. 'X' used to sit on the floor behind the camera and closely observe all the shots.

Watching X's dedication, Mr. Ramesh Sippy made him his Assistant and also handed over the responsibility of the second unit of the film, which was managed till then by Amjad Khan at another location.

'X' sincerely worked there with Amjad Khan. After the film's completion, Mr. Sippy expressed his happiness over some of the scenes picturised by the unit.

The few scenes, where the train is in motion and finally hits the collection of logs, were shot under X's supervision.

Identify 'X'.