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Thursday, June 7, 2012

In a forthcoming book (in which I have more than passing interest), it is reported that there is going to be some serious trivia on Bollywood.
To give the readers of Calcutta Chromosome a sneak peek into the content of the book, I thought I will do a series of four quizzes this month (all related to a chapter from the book). Every Friday in June, your attention will have to flit between Shanghai, Wasseypur and Blogger, then. And don't worry, the trivia in these quizzes will not be from the book. Bwahahaha... out of syllabus hai! 

And very cleverly, I have decided to call this quiz KAT Scan (KAT = Kitnay Aadmi Thay, geddit? What's a Bollywood book without a catchy acronym?).

Errr... are there any prizes?
Prize? What prize? You guys should do this for the passion, yaar!

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1. Which film is Amitabh Bachchan watching with so much excitement while people around him are clearly not amused?
2. Whose business model was based on the iconic Mother India when it first released?
3. Who went to see Shaan at Maratha Mandir? And what is the fallacy in that?
4. Guddi takes an autograph from her favourite star on the booklet of a film. Which one?
Psst... there are several films already named in the subtitles. Is it one of them?

5. Name the film this Bengali film was a part of.

6. Who is the forlorn lady standing under the chhatra chhaya of Amitabh Bachchan and Saira Banu of Zameer? (AB had a guest appearance, playing himself in the film.)

7. Shashi Kapoor as a mean machine in Mukti. Which frequent co-star of Shashi made a quick buck while this meta movie was on in the main movie?

This scene is from a film song written by a very famous Bengali. Who wrote the story on which the film (not the main film, but the film within the film) was based?

Commercial Break: One of the chapters in the book is called Meta: 10 Films Within Films, exploring the movies which had another film being made within it.
Cool, no? You will buy it, no? (Shit, I am sounding like an Eureka Forbes salesman.)

1. In Akayla, Amitabh Bachchan is watching Seeta Aur Geeta (coincidentally or not) by the same director. He got an idea to crack his case by seeing the twins in the movie.
2. In Kala Bazar, Dev Anand made a killing by 'blacking' the tickets of Mother India.
3. In Bluffmaster, Roy (AB Jr), Dittu (Riteish Deshmukh) and Sridhar (Nana Patekar) went to see Shaan to cut a deal in the dark. They went in around 1 PM while the 11:30 AM show at Maratha Mandir - for the last 17 years - has been some other film.
4. Anupama.
5. Do Anjaane, where Rekha Roy became a star Sumitra Devi.
6. Chhoti Si Baat, with Vidya Sinha as Prabha.
7. Toughie. This movie was playing in Kasme Vaade when AB was trying to steal a car after selling tickets to a house-full show to the car owner.

Bonus Q: The main film was Chiriyakhana (directed by a reasonably talented Bengali director) which was about finding a yesteryear actress. The film within the film was Bankimchandra Chattopadhyay's Bishobriksho. And the scene shown was a song written by the director - Bhalobashar tumi ki jano? (What do you know of love?). Watch it.  

Avishek - 2.5 (0.5 for DDLJ-Maratha Mandir)
Straight Cut - 5.0 (should be given 0.5 more for Deewar/Devar, which is great)
Abhishek Mukherjee - 7.0
TheQuark - 5.0
Ignoramus Scribbler - 1
WhatsInNames - 2
Anonymous - 3 (what an imaginative name!)
KeepingItSimple - 2
Sakshama - 3
Anonymous - 2
Tejaswi - 2
SomOnline - 3
iTW - 0.5
Khalil Sawant - 1.5 (0.5 for being the first commenter!)

Great performance from Straight Cut and TheQuark. Abhishek Mukherjee's score should be reduced to 2 (-5 points for missing the Bonus).
Wait for the next instalment this Friday. And the book by the end of this month. (Pre-order opens in a couple of weeks.)


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