All right, we had some hiccups with the original ‘Classic Bollywood’ quiz, because some readers got confused about how to submit answers. Never mind. I always have more trivia up my sleeve! So, an updated quiz. Forget about the last one; I’ve already posted the answers to most of those questions, at the end of the post.
What I’m doing is: I’m changing most of the questions (basically, the questions people didn’t get right). And here’s a mostly-new quiz.
The prize remains the same as last time: a signed copy of my book, The Eighth Guest & Other Muzaffar Jang Mysteries. Or, if you’ve already read that, one of my forthcoming books. And the chance to dictate the theme for my next ‘Ten of my favourite songs’ post. The prize goes to whoever is first in with all correct answers. If nobody manages that, the first person to get the maximum correct answers gets to dictate-a-theme. No book, sorry.
Edited to add:
Important Announcement regarding Prizes:
Okay, I’ve been giving it some thought. I’m revamping the prizes somewhat. Now:
1. First in to get the maximum answers correct (even if nobody gets all the answers correct) – gets the book and dictate-a-theme.
2. Second person to get the maximum answers correct also gets to choose a theme for a top-ten songs list on my blog.
Back to the original post:
The rules (very important!!):
1. Do not put the answers in comments on the post, please. You don’t want others borrowing your ideas, do you? (Plus, it deflates enthusiasm among the more trivia-mad). Instead, if you have my e-mail address, send in your answers to me. If you don’t have my address, put in a comment to that effect, and I’ll send you a mail to which you can reply.
(Note: Answers written in comments will be arbitrarily deleted).
2. I’ll accept answers till 2000 hours (that’s 8 PM), Indian Standard Time, on October 4, 2011.
So here we go, the questions:
1. In the film Detective (1958), what is the profession of the character played by Pradeep Kumar?
2. The West Indian cricketer Frank Worrell, the first black to captain the West Indies, appears in a Hindi film in a cameo role. Which film?
3. Which was Sahir Ludhianvi’s first ghazal to be recorded as a song in a Hindi film after he came to Bombay and joined the cinema industry?
Edited later to add a hint (since blog reader AK put this question in a comment on the earlier quiz, and I thought it unfair on readers who haven’t visited those comments): the operative word is ghazal.
4. Raj Kapoor, O P Nayyar, Naushad, Shankar Jaikishan, and Burman are among the film personalities mentioned in the lyrics of which song written by Qamar Jalalabadi?
5. Two films—one made in 1957, the other in 1963—had the following dialogue. In each case, the dialogue is between the hero and the heroine’s friend:
Woman: Soorat toh buri nahin. (The face isn’t bad.)
Man: Seerat bhi buri nahin. (Neither is the nature.)
Woman: Woh toh abhi dekhna hai! (That we’re yet to see!)
Man: Dekhnewaale dekh chuke hain. (Those who had to see, have seen.)
Woman: Acchha? Toh phir der kis baat ki hai? (Really? Then why the delay?)
Man: Shehnai bajaanewaale chhutti pe gaye hue hain! (The men who play the shehnai at weddings have gone on vacation!)
Name the two films.
(Hint: Both conversations occur between the hero and the heroine’s friend, in the presence of the heroine).
6. What were the ‘Filmfare Awards’ known as before they came to be called that?
7. British novelist Marie Corelli’s books were used as a basis for a number of films – only one of which was a colour film, and that too in Hindi. Which film was it?
8. Which actor appears only in a photograph in the Asha Parekh starrer Kati Patang, as the man whose dead wife Asha is impersonating?
9. In which film does Nargis dance to the hit Ritchie Valens song, La Bamba?
10. For Hai apna dil toh awara (Solvaan Saal), who actually played the mouth organ Sunder is shown to be playing?
Good luck, all! I’m waiting to see who wins.
And, by the way: nobody’s attempted the non-quiz question I asked at the end of my last quiz. It’s a fun question, not part of the quiz, but just interesting trivia.
Which famous cinema personality appeared in a cameo role as a boatman alongside Premnath, in the song Naiyya teri majhdhaar in Awara (1951)?