Monday, April 30, 2012

Trivial Pursuit 131

On 13th March, 1940, Michael O’ Dwyer, former Governor of Punjab was shot dead by Udham Singh at a meeting in the Caxton Hall, Westminster.

Udham Singh was represented at Old Bailey (London’s Central Criminal Court), without a payment, by a bushy-haired Barrister who was identified as "an important worker in the Indian revolutionary movement", by the British Secret Service (MI-5).

A few years later, back in India,  this intense and 'dangerously persuasive' Barrister was described by many as the second most powerful man in India after Jawaharlal Nehru.

Identify him.

Additional Trivia :

** In 1961, he created/established the first Sainik school. Today, there are around 26 Sainik schools which cover almost all states of the country and help the students prepare for an entry into the National Defence Academy (NDA), Khadakwasla, Pune and and the Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala, Kerela.

** It was he, who is said to have liberated Goa from Portuguese rule.

** He, along with Alan Lane, founded the Penguin and Pelican books.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Trivial Pursuit 130

This music video is based on one of the most famous stories in English Literature - "The Gift Of The Magi" by O. Henry.

An Aishwarya Rai starrer was also adapted from the same story.

Identify the film.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Trivial Pursuit 129

The child shown in this 'Pears' Soap Advertisement grew up to be a famous name in the field of Indian Cinema.

Identify her.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Trivial Pursuit 128

Feroz Khan’s ‘Qurbani’ was one of the biggest hits of 1980.

One of the main reasons for the film’s success was its brilliant musical score, composed by Kalyanji Anandji and Biddu.

After the film’s music became a rage, Polydor came up with an unofficial English version of the film’s soundtrack.

The English lyrics were written by Bashir Sheikh who also gave his vocals for the songs.

Identify the female voice.

( Hint : Her daughter is a contemporary Hindi Film Actress. )

Friday, April 13, 2012

Trivial Pursuit 127

‘Umeed Ki Cycle’ - An advertising slogan devised at the behest of Samajwadi Party’s U.P. President Akhilesh Yadav, may well be credited for turning around the party’s fortunes in the assembly elections.

This campaign was designed by a Mumbai based Film Production Company called ‘Arkash’ Entertainment.

Akhilesh Yadav asked the Ad agency to travel across the state and gauge people’s mood. This work started as early as May 2011.

Along with his team, the owner of the Production company ’Arkash’, travelled across the state for 40 days, covering villages and towns, and brought back the message that people were aspiring to a better life and they wanted real change in their lives.

Keeping all this in mind, the agency designed and made a series of ‘Umeed Ki Cycle’ Ad Films for the Samajwadi Party.

Name the person who made these Ad campaigns.

[ He has Directed two mainstream Hindi films and appeared in cameos as an Actor in atleast 7 films. ]

Monday, April 9, 2012

Trivial Pursuit 126

I have been playing Snooker for the last 20 years. I remember bunking school to play the game. In 1997, I was ranked No. 3 at the Maharashtra Junior level.

I play Snooker for the CCI (Cricket Club of India) and enjoy a handicap of +45 in tournaments, against players like Two-time Asian Snooker champion Yasin Merchant.

I represent team ‘Mumbai Heroes’ in the Celebrity Cricket League (CCL).

I was selected as the ‘Farex baby‘ when I was 14 months old.

I appeared in a lot of commercials before making my debut as a child artist in a 1987 Hindi film.

Who am I ?

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Trivial Pursuit 125

'X' started his career by joining his family business, Marlex – one of the largest selling home appliances brand in India.

The brand’s most famous product ‘Marlex Pressure Cooker’ is the market leader in its segment.

In 1999, 'X' teamed up with one of his friends and started an entertainment company.

As of April 2012, a total of 10 feature films have been released under the banner of this Production House.

Identify 'X' and the Production Company.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Trivial Pursuit 124

At the first India Poker Championship held at Casino Royale, Goa, in December 2010, ‘X’ won the 2nd Position.

‘X’ participated in another IPC tournament held in April 2011, and finished a commendable 3rd.

‘X’ belongs to a film family and so far, he has appeared in 3 feature films, including a sports based film in which he played the main lead.

Identify 'X'.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Trivial Pursuit 123

Racehorse 'Rajasthan Royal'

Mr. P. M. Rungta

‘X’ had a great passion for horses and horse racing.

He bought his first four horses in partnership with Mr. P. M. Rungta (Bhaiji), former President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India.

’X’ initially used to name his horses after his works, and his first horse was called ‘Sound Affair’.

Racehorse 'Rajasthan Royal' was X’s favourite. ‘X’ wanted this horse to win, but it hardly made the cut when he was at the races.

As per experts, ‘Rajasthan Royal’ was a sprinter, and it never stood a chance to compete with other horses in the ‘over the mile’ trip. Nobody thought it would even get to seven furlongs (1,400 metres), let aside winning it.

Despite all this, ‘Rajasthan Royal’ won the Pelican Trophy for ‘top class horses’, at the Pune race course. And he won the race at a time when ‘X’ was battling for his life in a Mumbai hospital.

'X' is more famous in another field, where he is considered a legend.

Identify ‘X’.

Career Summary of ‘Rajasthan Royal’ :

Runs : 22

Wins : 5

2nd Place : 5

3rd Place : 2