*Seriously, no BREAKING BAD Questions!!
By – Surbhi Verma & Utkarsh Rastogi
Echoes 2014, IIM Kozhikode
O Infinite Pounce
O Reverse Infinite Pounce
O Cryptic Crossword
O The Alphabet Soup
O Long Connect
5 points for each correct answer
10 bonus points for getting all 10.
O The LEGO Round was a clip featuring
recreation of scenes of famous 10 movies.
The finalists had to identify all the movies.
O Youtube Link:
Indiana Jones and the Raiders of Lost Ark
The Sound of Music
Singing In The Rain
The Seven Year Itch
10 points for every answer
-5 for wrong pounce
O X is the vernacular term for an informal
establishment featuring music, dancing, gambling,
and drinking, primarily operated by African
American people in the southeastern United States.
The first half of term X is believed to derive from the
Gullah (spoken by African Americans) word, meaning
rowdy or disorderly.
O Y is derived from X and was a means for the white
Americans to enjoy music and dancing without having
to mingle with the African Americans.
O Identify X and Y.
N,U,J,V: The Beatles were supposed to be signalling H.E.L.P
using their semaphores but the photographer did not think
that this arrangement looked good
O A victor gives X when the victor shows no clemency or
mercy and refuses to spare the life in return for
the surrender at discretion (unconditional surrender)
of a vanquished opponent.
O Under the laws of war, "....it is especially
forbidden....to declare that X will be given". This was
established under Article 23 (d) of the 1907 Hague
Convention IV - The Laws and Customs of War on
O X has been used by Y as a subject of one of its songs.
Identify X and Y.
O Identify the painting (X) and the painter (Y) on
the next slide.
O Y spent much of his time running from the
aftermath of his legendary temper. He painted
Bible stories by day, while indulging in "street
life" by night. Interestingly, Martin Scorcese
found much inspiration for his movies from Y's
paintings and his use of Chiaroscuro. In fact, Z's
bar scenes are directly influenced by X. "You
don't make up for your sins in church. You do it
in the streets. You do it at home. The rest is
bullshit and you know it."
X - The Calling of St.
Z – Mean Streets
The main difference between an X and a Y is
that an X is free from following any single
theme, but a Y is always made on a single
theme. X must be rhyming where as Y is free
from such rules. And in X the poet uses his
name at the end but in Y there is no such
Identify X and Y
The character of X in the novel Y was based on
Z. Like X, Z mysteriously got a role in the film
From here to Eternity and then won an Oscar
for it too which revived his career. Just the year
before he had claimed that his vocal cords had
become hemorrhaged, similarly X complains of
“his voice becoming weak”. Many other
similarities were also noted.
Identify X, Y and Z.
X – Johnny Fontaine
Y – The Godfather
Z – Frank Sinatra
O In the 15th and 16th centuries, it was considered that
kings were appointed by Gods and no one had the
right to punish them for any wrongdoings. Young boys
were hence appointed to princes who were punished
if the prince misbehaved or fell behind in schooling
hence giving birth to the term X
O Jews use the word Y for the same purpose in
accordance with the special duty that a particular
animal has been trusted with as per the Greek Old
Testament: “And Aaron shall cast lots over the two
goats, one lot for the Lord and the other lot for
O ID X and Y
X was not open to most interpretative approaches to his seminal work.
He famously objected when, in the 1980s, several women's acting
companies began to stage the play. "Women don't have prostates", said
X,a reference to the fact that one of the two main characters frequently
has to leave the stage to urinate.
O In 1988, X took a Dutch theatre company, to court over this issue. “X[...]
lost his case. But the issue of gender seemed to him to be so vital a
distinction for a playwright to make that he reacted angrily, instituting a
ban on all productions of his plays in The Netherlands."This ban was
short-lived, however: in 1991 (two years after X's death), "Judge
Huguette Le Foyer de Costil ruled that the production would not cause
excessive damage to X's legacy", and the play was duly performed by
the all-female cast of the Brut de Beton Theater Company at the
prestigious Avignon Festival.
O The Italian Pontedera Theatre Foundation won a similar claim in 2006
when it cast two actresses in the roles of the main male characters,
albeit in the characters' traditional roles as men.
These two musical maestros of their
respective instruments were brought together
by Yash Chopra to compose music for Hindi
film songs for the first time in 1981. Their
association went on for 8 films till 1993. There
names taken together would be 2/3rds of the
Trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh. Who
are these musical Gods ?
2. A Cult above the rest
O Ravi Balakrishnan of The Economic Times states "The X-starrer
has gained a surprising amount of cult popularity over the
years, with several adulatory reviews and even fan-sites
cropping up. But when we first saw Y, back in 2005, a full
seven years after its unheralded release in 1998, it was the
first any of us had heard of the film or its prolific director, Y."
O Mayank Shekhar of the Mumbai Mirror says that "Gladwell
hasn’t seen Z (probably, neither have you). He must. He’d be
glad. In my living memory, I have yet to notice a more startling
revelation of the mysterious ‘tipping point’ anywhere of my
social circle. Over the past few months, about four unrelated
sources from three parts of the world have asked me if I’d
seen Y’s Z.
O "Watch Z, so that you can say to your grandkids that you were
part of the generation that saw it first" says Kamayani Sharma
of The ILIKE Times."
3. Mid-Indian Night Dream
O When asked about his inspiration for Y, Bazz Luhrmann
O “Catherine Martin (production designer and Luhrman's wife)
and I went to India to work on Midsummer Night's Dream. We
went out one night and there was a big poster up for a
Bollywood movie. I said, "Let's go see that." We did – 2,000
audience members, high comedy, high tragedy, brother kills
brother, [they] break out in some musical numbers, all jumbled
up together in 4 hours of Hindi. We thought that was amazing.
So our question was, 'Could we create a cinematic form like
that? Could a musical work?' A musical must be able to work in
western culture again, and could it be comic-tragic? So then
began this commitment of moving toward Y.' I decided I'd do
Romeo + Juliet and then a musical film.”
4. Filmy A-fare
O X (born 13 August 1936), is an Indian film
actress,Bharathanatyam dancer, Carnatic singer,
dance choreographer, golfer and parliamentarian.
She made her debut in a Tamil language film in 1959
and later became one of the most prominent
actresses of Tamil cinema and the golden era in
O In her first dramatic role, X received her first Filmfare
Award for Best Supporting Actress at the 4th Filmfare
Awards where X refused to accept the award citing
that her role was not a supporting role, being the first
person to refuse a Filmfare Award.
5. Eye see you!
O Excerpt from the movie Spellbound by Alfred
O The two doctors analyze a dream that 'John
Brown' had. The dream sequence (designed
by X) is full of psychoanalytic symbols—eyes,
curtains, scissors, playing cards (some of
them blank), a man with no face, a man
falling off a building, a man hiding behind a
chimney and dropping a wheel, and wings.
6. Who who?
O There is a fanciful solution of X's memory loss,
by way of the BBC long-running science fiction
TV show Doctor Who. Writer Gareth Roberts
proposes that an alien wasp had threatened X's
life and had drowned in the Silent Pool; so
traumatic was this event that X lost her memory.
The character of the Doctor takes the shaken up
X to the hotel in Harrogate to recuperate, and
thus leaves her. The Doctor, however, believes
that her amnesia was not total, for X remembers
still the wasp/alien.
7. Pisa anyone?
O Rustichello da Pisa, also known as Rusticiano and
Rustigielo (fl. late 13th century), was an Italian
O Rustichello had written a work in French known as
the Roman de Roi Artus (Romance of King Arthur) or
simply the Compilation, derived from a book in the
possession of Edward I of England, who passed
through Italy on his way to fight in the Eighth Crusade
in 1270-1274. The Compilation contains an
interpolation of the Palamedes, a now-fragmentary
prose account of Arthur's Saracen knight Palamedes
and the history of the Round Table
O But Best known for ?
8. To Chile or not to Chile?
O In June 2011, a Chilean judge ordered that
an investigation be launched, following
suggestions that X had been killed by the
Pinochet regime for his pro-Allende stance
and political views. X's driver, Manuel Araya,
stated that doctors administered poison as
the poet was preparing to go into exile. In
December 2011 Chile's Communist Party
asked Chilean Judge Mario Carroza to order
the exhumation of the remains of X.
O From a fan blog:
O “In the scene where both Naseer and Arshad’s hands are tied
and they are watching Madhuri and Huma having fun, getting
physical. Naseer looks at Arshad and says, Lihaaf maang le.
Arshad looks up and smiles. And then we see just a big
shadow on the wall which suggests physical intimacy between
Madhuri and Huma’s characters. That’s the homage to X ‘s
Lihaaf. The setting, Begum, homo-eroticism, huge shadow play
– the elements and the incident is the same as in Lihaaf.
O That’s not all, the entire back story of Madhuri’s husband is
also from the same story. And the spoiler – their relationship
and her back story is the core idea of the film. Rest of it has
been just built up to cover this plot. So it can be called a really
smart adaptation of the short story. Much respect for the
writers of the film – Darab Farooqui, Abhishek Chaubey and
O In the late nineteenth century the X movement
was initially not received very well by the
O Reviews were at times abusive: La Figaro, 1876,
"Five or six lunatics, one of them a woman, have
met here to exhibit their works. Someone should
tell Mr. Pissarro forcibly that trees are never
violet, the sky is never the colour of fresh butter,
that nowhere on earth are things to be seen as
he paints them." Maybe not, but the popularity
of this movement cannot be disputed
O Through the screening; there was little reaction. The audience
seemed unmoved. There was no laughter, no tears, no applause.
Just silence. In the stalls sat Prakash Mehra, who had once been
one of the contenders for the four-line story. ‘Maine yeh kahani
kyun cchod di? he asked himself aloud. After the film, as the
audience streamed out of the hall, Pancham, who had been
sitting next to Mehra, whispered to him: ‘Log to gaaliyan de rahen
hain.’ ‘Don’t worry,’ Prakash replied, ‘this film is a hit. No one can
O The morning-after-the premiere grapevine dripped poison. The
film was criticised’, and the main cast, ‘Teen maharathi aur ek
chooha (Three warriors and a mouse)’. Everything was wrong with
the film. Why would women and family audiences want to see so
much gore? The friendship was in such bad taste”
O 1. The Lion King - — anagram (psycho) of NOTHING LIKE
O 2. Santiago - — anagram (adapted) of INTO SAGA
Santiago is the title character in The Old Man and the Sea,
novel by American author Ernest Hemingway
3. The Matrix
4. Finding Nemo
5. The French Connection
6. Chariots of Fire
7. The Aviator
9. The Godfather
10. Monsters Inc.
2 points for every right answer.
Bonus 5 for correct answers greater than 15.
Bonus 10 for correct answers greater than 20 less than 25.
Bonus 15 for correct answers greater than 25.
A is an author who recently became the face of a
banknote issued by the central bank of that
country. A has written many books one of which is
B. B is the story of a spoiled, headstrong and selfsatisfied woman who greatly estimates her own
matchmaking abilities. B was adapted in
Hollywood as the movie C. D stars in C playing the
central protagonist’s role. Apart from C, D also
played the role of Batgirl in the 1997 film Batman
and Robin in which the role of Batman was played
Before C, D starred in the music video for a song of
band F. The band F’s lead singer is G and the song
became controversial for the fact the G’s daughter
and D were more gay in the music video than they
should have been according to G. The band F won
an Academy Award in 1998 for their song in the
film H, which was a disaster film similar to another
disaster film I released just 3 months prior to H on
the same plot. H however, fared better at the box
office though scientists said that I was more
accurate in its description.
B was also adapted in Bollywood as the movie J
with K playing the central protagonist’s role. K’s
father L is also an actor and starred was one of the
most bankable stars in the 80s and early 90s. L
first received much international acclaim for his
role in M and has recently bought the rights to
remake the popular Fox TV Series N. K along with
O are the only two Indian brand ambassadors for
the cosmetic giant P. O acted in a film Q directed
by R which was based on the book S also by author
A. R also directed the film T which received the
Best Sports Film ESPY Award in the year 2003.
T starred U in one of her early roles. U herself has
also been a part of an adaptation of the book S. U
has also gained a reputation for acting in historical
dramas, the last of which was V in 2012 based on
a book by the same name written by W. E is
nominated for the Oscars this year for his film X.
During the Golden Globes Awards ceremony, cohosted by Y and Z, while describing X, Y said “It's
the story of how E would rather float away into
space and die than spend one more minute with a
woman his own age.”
O A – Jane Austen
O B – Emma
O C - Clueless
O D – Alicia Silverstone
O E – George Clooney
O F - Aerosmith
O G – Steven Tyler
O H - Armageddon
O I – Deep Impact
O J - Aisha
O K – Sonam Kapoor
O L – Anil Kapoor
O M – Slumdog Millionaire
O N - 24
O O – Aishwarya Rai
O P – L’oreal
O Q – Bride and Prejudice
O R – Gurinder Chadha
O S – Pride and Prejudice
O T – Bend It Like Beckham
O U – Keira Knightly
O V – Anna Karenina
O W – Leo Tolstoy
O X – Gravity
O Y – Tina Fey
O Z – Amy Poehler