Friday, June 29, 2012

KAT Scan... 4

Tarantarra. Dhishum. Dhishum. 
Amidst much excitement (mine) and fanfare (mine again), the book seems to be on its way to the stores.

And the last trailer has coincided beautifully with the books hitting the pre-order shelves of most online bookstores.
The release has been pushed to avoid clash with The Amazing Spiderman this week. Also, first week of the month would mean fatter wallets and brasher credit card usage. (Heh. heh.)


And while waiting for the delivery, here is the fourth and final trailer of Kitnay Aadmi Thay? You could call this the 'Dialogue Promo' (or 'Song Promo') since it is a quiz on some famous lines and songs. It is more of a puzzle than a quiz.
You will have to guess the dialogue or song from the visual clues. Cool, no?

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1. A modified poster of Vicky Donor with some strange people on the edges.

2. I asked this one some time back on Facebook. Those with an unfair advantage are the ones who will have to buy multiple copies of the book!
What is the guy on the left saying about the guy on the right?

3. Simple.

4. A juxtaposition of the monster and the city.

5. Anything I say will give away the answer.

6. A greeting, a leader and a designation.

7. The lady seems to be really pleased to have owned this kind of TV.
8. Something is something. Something is something. Makes sense?

9. A certain kind of couple connected to the Chairman of Selectors with a letter.

10. How many film posters?

The quiz was not as difficult as it was made out to be. A few were eminently 'gettable' while all were 'wokoutable'.

1. I thought the two Shahs (Shah 'n' Shah) on the two edges made this a dead giveaway. And of course, Vicky is the baap of all the kids. Rishte mein toh hum sabke baap hote hain. Naam hai Shahenshah.
2. That is Ajit from Zanjeer (where his name was Teja) and Mark from Facebook. Teja main hoon. Mark idhar hai.
3. Some knowledge of Bong pronunciation would help in this. 4 Shom-s followed by a Samosa is nothing but the great Dong's pronouncement: Shom shom shom shom shamoshasha.
4. Simple. Just describe the picture in Hindi. Mumbai ka king kaun?
5. That is, of course, Ali's well. As Rancho kept telling us, Aal izz well. 
6. {Hi + Hu (Jintao) + COO}x 2 = Hai huku Hai huku (hai hai)
7. The lady seems to be saying "(Yeh) mera plasma hai", paraphrasing Shashi Kapoor who said Mere paas maa hai.
8. There is a 'holy' pic and a 'cab'. If a=b and b=a, then... Holi kab hain? Kab hain holi?
9. DINK + a + Chika = Dhinka chika
10. And of course, it all ends with a product placement. How many Aadmis were there in the posters? KITNAY AADMI THAY?

9 - Meghbalika, Abhishek Mukherjee (Can't believe both didn't get the Mumbai ka King Kong one!)
8 - Manish Mittal
7 - Sipra
5 - Plaban Mohanty (brilliant Draupadi answer)
4 - Keeping It Simple, Udayan
3 - Pankaj Parashar (not the director of Chaalbaaz, I checked)
2 - Sumit
1.5 - JD (0.5 point for getting the most important one of the lot)

That wraps up an amazing month of Bollywood quizzing!
Now, go and buy the book. Say nice things about it and get other people to buy it as well. 

Friday, June 22, 2012

KAT Scan... 3

Week 3! Week 3!! Week 3!!!
The third trailer of Kitnay Aadmi Thay? releases amidst pomp and glitter.

This week’s quiz is on India’s unanimously loved object of devotion – Amul advertising.
It has been fifty years since the cute Amul moppet has been entertaining us and there is now a book compiling the best of the lot. Do pick up the book and spare a thought (and a credit card) for the other book on Bollywood which has a chapter on Amul advertising as well.

Ladies and gentlemen (Deviyon aur sajjanon, if still Ameen Sayani mode) 
Kitnay Aadmi Thay? has a chapter called Utterly Butterly Bollywood: 30 Amul Ads, looking at some of the best ads that were around movies or inspired by them. 

1. SRK got us to say Chak De India. What did Amul say instead?

2. How did Amul pay a tribute to Cheeni Kum through the baseline?
3. What was the baseline for the ad around Dil Chahta Hai?
4. What was the 'punny' headline when Dil Hai Ke Manta Hai released?
5. How did Amul sing this hit song?
6. What was Amul's take on the film name?
7. What did Amul call this movie?
8. What was the headline?
9. And this one?
10. Which word is missing in the headline?
11. And this film's name became what?

Same deal. Answer quickly. Guess if you don't know. Ask friends to try. Answers on Monday/Tuesday.
Hopefully, pre-orders will open before the next quiz!

This has got to be the easiest quiz I have done on this blog.
1. Chakh Le India
2. Sexy Taste (to the little girl called Sexy in the movie)
3. Akhtarly Butterly Delicious
4. Little Bhatt'er goes well with Aamir Khana.
5. Aati Kya, Makhan dala!
6. Dishqiya
7. Kabhi Amulvida Naa Kehna
8. Roti ke neeche kya hai?
9. Phir Bhi Meal Hai Hindustani
10. (Not) Masoom (Anymore)
11. Wake Up Sid!

11 - Manish Mittal, Meghbalika, Pallavi, Abhishek Mukherjee, King Khan, Plaban Mohanty
10 - SG
8.0 - Straight Cut (Yes, the book is all about bonding with friends around Bollywood), Korak Dutta
4.5 - Keeping It Simple (0.5 early bird points) 
4.0 - Itching to Write
2.5 - M (0.5 for smart attempts and close misses)

Sigh. 6 all-correct entries and complains of Googleable answers. Arre baba, you are NOT supposed to Google - no?
Anyway, the last trailer - coming up this Friday is not going to be searchable. Not on the 'net, at least. You can easily find them in your memories.
(BTW, it is a quiz on dialogues. So, you can call it the 'Dialogue Promo'.)

Friday, June 15, 2012

KAT Scan... 2

Its Friday again!
AAANNNDDD.... we are back with the second trailer of Kitnay Aadmi Thay? as the copies look to tumble out of the press any moment now.
<Insert bhaiyon, behnon, dil thaam ke etc speech in Ameen Sayani's voice>

So, as promised, here is the second quiz based on yet another chapter of the book.
(And I am still going with the KAT Scan. Thought of doing a pun like KATrina, KATey nahin kaTtey etc but felt serious readers *snigger snigger* would get put off.)

The last chapter of the book is Picture Abhi Baaki Hai: 15 Unusual The Ends - which takes a look at how Bollywood ends it movies.
Therefore, this quiz is on the end-frames of Hindi movies.

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1. A very popular way to end a film - a family portrait. Which family is it?
2. Typically, fluorescent clothing and apparel (in this case, violins!) are the hallmarks of either huge hits (Yaarana) or huge flops. Which movie is this from?
3. Arguably, Amitabh's most successful romantic pairing was with Parveen Babi. Which movie is this romantic closure from?
4. Name this mystery thriller starring the biggest star of the 1970s, which made a request similar to Psycho ("Please don't give away the ending. It is the only one we have.")
5. What is this inverted triangle in front of twin doors supposed to signify? Who are inside those two doors?

6. Love, peace, hair grease. Thus ends which reincarnation saga?
Bloody difficult question!
7. Simple. Which film?
8. Probably the only film (apart from Waisa Bhi Hota Hai Part II) that had a connection between its opening frame and closing frame. Name the film.

Can you see how deadly this book is?
The first chapter is one on innovative title sequences. The last one is on interesting end frames. What more do you want?
Oh, you pervert! Go and follow @iPoonamPandey for all that. There is only good, clean fun in this book.
Note to parents with school-going children: The book is U-rated. Okay, U/A (Parental guidance). But buy one copy for each kid, so that they don't fight with each other.
(Classy sales pitch, no?)

1. As most people have said, it is the Sharma-Shankar family from Gol Maal.
2. Roop Ki Rani Choron Ka Raja – the huge flop that spend tons of money on Sridevi’s costumes, Anil Kapoor’s stunts and fluorescent violins.
3. Mukhtar Singh ka naam toh tumne suna hoga? Kaalia is the film.
4. Benaam, in which AB was persecuted by an unnamed adversary.
5. Hema-Dharmendra and Hema-Sanjeev of Seeta Aur Geeta were being urged to practice family planning (and presumably, safe sex too).
6. Neel Kamal. Sorry about the ‘hair grease’ non-sequitur.
7. Chupke Chupke.
8. Waqt. Many people have named the opening line also.

7.5 – Straight Cut (for demanding extra 0.5 points for efforts AND giving a cool trivia on Karz)
7.0 – Avishek, Abhishek Mukherjee
6.0 – Plaban Mohanty
5.0 – JN, Manish Mittal, Pankaj Parashar, SG, Shazia, Thequark
4.0 – M, Meghbalika, Pallavi, Rahul (lost points by adding Ram aur Shyam behing Seeta aur Geeta), Vikram Bondal
3.0 – Kaptain Kantaap, Khalil Sawant
2.5 – Kuntala (0.5 points as early bird prize)
2.0 – Banno, Dhinvira, Gargi Mehra, KeepingItSimple, Korak Dutta

Friday, June 08, 2012

KAT Scan... 1

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.)