Friday, January 27, 2012

Trivial Pursuit 101

British Colonists introduced this phrase to the Indian people.

“___ ___” is a British phrase, used in foxhunting, shouted when a rider sees the fox. It was the signature war cry of the British ruling class when hunting a fox across the country.

The expression became commonly used during the Second World War, by English-speaking fighter pilots to say that an enemy aircraft has been sighted and even today it is still used for this purpose.

Mohd. Rafi and Shammi Kapoor transformed the boom from the high aristocracy of the British Empire into a gentle Indian croon when they used it in 1962, in one of their collaborations.

The phrase was softened to a treble variation, and infused with such musical magic that it sways the mind and body as easily today as it did four decades ago.

Identify the British phrase.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Trivial Pursuit 100

Question Courtesy : Avinash Upadhyay Sir

After three hit films in a row; 'Guide' (1965), 'Teesri Manzil' (1966), and 'Jewel Thief', Vijay Anand experienced his first flop; "Kahin Aur Chal" (1968).

Initially, "Kahin Aur Chal" (1968), had the makings of a hit, as it starred heart-throb Dev Anand and Asha Parekh, who were both top box office draws in 1968, along with music composers Shanker-Jaikishen.

In the biography of Mr. Vijay Anand, titled "Ek Hota Goldie," the writer Anita Padhye tells us about a very specific reason why this 1968 film starring Dev Anand and Asha Parekh flopped. There is no way a Goldie Anand movie with Dev Anand and Asha Parekh, and with Shankar-Jaikishen as Music Director's would otherwise go unnoticed.

What is the so called "specific reason" due to which the film flopped ?

Additional Trivia :

** The biography "Ek Tha Goldie" is based on tape-recorded interviews of Mr. Vijay Anand that the writer conducted through the 90's till Vijay Anand's demise in 2004.

** Cameraman Jal Mistry was a good friend of both Dev Anand & Goldie. When he decided to Produce a film, he entrusted the responsibility of Directing it to Vijay Anand.

Since Jal Mistry was associated with Navketan for a long time, both Dev and Vijay Anand decided to help him. Dev Anand and Asha Parekh were cast for the leading roles in the film titled 'Kahin Aur Chal.'

The patriarchal figure of Filmistan Studios, Tolaram Jalan was financing the film. Tolaram Jalan signed a contract with Jal Mistry that all the rights of the film would be with Jalan himself.

The film had Music by Shankar Jaikishan. Jal Mistry had suggested their name. They were the top of the line Music Directors at that time.

Four songs were recorded for "Kahin aur Chal". Three of those were picturised in Khandala. "Aye Jaanewale Aa, Der Na Lage" was a beautiful melody. The hero works as an engine driver and the heroine looks forward to the time when his train would reach the station for two minutes everyday.

Despite all the ingredients of a sure shot hit, the movie flopped badly and hardly anybody has heard of it.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Trivial Pursuit 99

X's first novel "Curse of the Godman" was released on 13th January, 2012. The book is set in 1951 and is about a sleepy little town nestled in the hills of North-East India that wakes up to murder.

It's about an unseen spectre that terrorises the scenic tea plantations around Darjeeling. "Curse of the Godman" weaves together romance and deceit, mysticism and bigotry, to bring to life the magic of the hills and tells an enthralling story.

Published by Harper Collins India, the book is available for Rs 299.

'X' Appaiah, the author of "Curse of the Godman" is more famous in the field of entertainment.

Identify 'X'.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Trivial Pursuit 98

The Director of a forthcoming movie has come up with a unique way of acknowledging his favourite films.

The lead characters of his next film are named 'Sir', 'Pinto', 'Bobby' and 'Shakti', after his favourite films.

The story of the film revolves around a van with the number plate "MH-02-A-4084".

Identify the film.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Trivial Pursuit 97

Name the film which completes the following list :

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Trivial Pursuit 96

"X" is a critically acclaimed Hindi film personality who is noted for his original screenplays.

'X' wrote the Screenplay of "Vinashak" (1998).

'X' wrote the Story & Screenplay of "Jaanam Samjha Karo" (1999).

'X' wrote the Story & Screenplay of "Dil Hai Tumhaara" (2002).

Identify 'X'.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Trivial Pursuit 95

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Sunday, January 1, 2012

Trivial Pursuit 94

Wishing You All A Very Happy & Prosperous New Year !!

“Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.” - Oprah Winfrey

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