3• What is the claim to fame of the film – ‘Ram Rajya’?PLAY VIDEO
Ans• Only film that Gandhi was supposed to have watched!
4• Mother India was the last film before Lagaan to be shot with ‘___’ – which means that the sound was recorded on location during shooting unlike films in which dubbed sound is used.• What is the technique called?
7Himansu Rai, the founder of Bombay Talkies asked Franz Osten(director of The Light of Asia) to give X a test.• “Mr. Ganguly do you act on stage?”• “No. Sir”• “Do you sing?”• “Yes. Mr. Osten. I can sing.”X then sang a classical BhajanIt was reported that Osten did not say anything and asked himto take a screen test. After the test, Osten told Rai, “No, Mr. Rai,not good”Then Osten told X , “ You have a square jaw, you look too youngand girlish.”Who’s X?
8• His wife had this to say, “We both went to see the ‘cinema’ in an illuminated tent on Sandhurst Road…It was called the American-India Cinematograph…It was Christmas 1911…The main picture of that day was The Life of Christ. People were weeping on seeing the sufferings of Christ and the crucifixion. The film was coloured in the Kinemacolour process. On the way back, X said, ‘Like the life of Christ, we shall make pictures about Rama and Krishna’ ”.• Who is X ( a famous Indian director)?(His first short film is about the growth of a pea treeentitled , Birth of a Pea Plant !)
9• X was the son of the Raja of Gauripur, Assam and born in 1903.He was also considered to be an excellent horseman, marksman, dancer, tennis and billiard player. He had already bagged several dozen tigers and countless boars in the jungles of Assam.• However he is renowned for his direction of the classic 1935 movie Y which was made first in Bengali and then in Hindi.
10X was known as the Father of Hindi film singing.When Talat Mehmood, a celebrated singer himself,was asked who had inspired him on singing, hereplied ,“ Oh, X , easily. It was unbelievable how effortlesslyhe sang, with such talaffuz (pronunciation), abeautiful throw of voice and depth of feeling. Whatvoice control! It used to make my hair stand on endlistening to him. I could never touch him”
11• The first public screening of this film was held in Bhuj ( District HQ of Kutch).This was because of the film’s leading actor’s promise to the actors and villagers of Kotai.• The film?
Ans• Lagaan• (Kotai is the village near Champaner)
12• X was born as Mary Evans to a Greek mother and a Scottish father. She was a blonde and her role often involved beating up Indian men and lot of stunts. She was famous for her role in the movie Hunterwali directed by Y .• X was also know by a screen name ‘__ ___’• Also ,identify the director of Hunterwali , whose surname rhymes with the screen name of Mary Evans.
13• This singer’s career in Bollywood lasted just five years.• The owner of a movie studio in Calcutta, Rai Bahadur Seth Dalsukh Karnani once asked Naseer, the manager of Corinthian Theatre to go to the Punjab and return with some girls. So, he returned with some 15-20 of them. These included the singer and some of her sisters . They were collectively known as ‘Punjab Mail’.• Lata Mangeshkar arrived in Bombay at the same time as this singer and was also about the same age. However, this singer’s departure from India was a huge boon for the flight of Lata Mangeshkar’s career. And they remained friends later.• Identify the singer.
14• “The Soviet Union is said to have a massive distribution of X, dubbed it into a number of its languages. Prints were flown in to the Soviet Expeditions near the North Pole…Bands played ___ at airports. X is reported to have been a favourite film of Mao Tse Tung”-The Indian Film• Even Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s Cancer Ward had a reference to it. “ Suddenly she flung out her arms…, her whole body writhing to the urge of a popular song she began singing from a recent Indian film.”• X?
15• X wrote a pleading letter to Nehru during the period of severe foreign exchange shortage ,“Our picture , (by “our” I mean picture belongs to ourgreat country), has been selected as one of the five bestpictures. You know I am pure a swadeshi producerwithout any English education, and I badly need the helpand support of our nation’s representatives in America.Like other international producers, I should be able toshow that our government is also backing me. Otherwise,I will look small and lonely.”• The movie in question, Y was defeated by Federico Fellini’s , Nights of Cabiria, by just one vote• Identify X and Y
Ans• X – Mehboob Khan• Y- Mother India (1958 Oscars)
16• Once the Guinness Book of World Records listed X as having sung the most ever songs in the world : 30000 recordings. Not satisfied with this fact, Y wrote to Guinness mentioning the fact that he had started earlier than X and so must have sung more! Finally, when the dispute was resolved in 1989, surprisingly, they declared Z to be the real winner, who had sung 7500 songs by 1989.• X, Y and Z?
Ans• X- Lata Mangeshkar• Y- Mohammed Rafi• Z- Asha Bhosle
17• During the 1940s , many comedians in Bollywood modelled themselves to Hollywood greats.• There were these actors – Manohar Janadhan Dikshit who weighed around 220lbs and the slim Nazir Mohammed Ghory. They acted till 1947 when Ghory migrated to Pakistan• How were they better known as- ‘ The Indian _____’?
Ans• Bertrand Russel’s only cameo in a feature film
19• X played in Hollywood movies like Lawrence of Arabia and Death on the Nile. X and Mehmood teamed up in Namasteji –”India’s first feature-length comedy”• Moreover they also acted in some movies which incorporated their names in the titles like- ‘___ Mehmood in Goa’ and ‘___ Mehmood in Hong Kong’• Who is X?
Ans• I. S Johar“delivering dry sardonic dialogue tinged withcynicism and accompanied by a raised eyebrow”
20• She was for some time known as ‘the poor man’s Zeenat Aman’• In 1976, she was in the cover of Time magazine – dressed in lingerie and posing like a 1930s Hollywood screen goddess• When she quit movies in 1980, Shobhaa De wrote, “… she now existed in a delusionary world, eating up to forty egg whites and raw lettuce a day, writing reams and reams about Amitabh Bachchan’s plans to eliminate her…”• Who?
21• In 1927, the Cinematograph Committee had asked X to complete its questionnaire. X refused telling, “ But even to an outsider the evil it has and is doing is patent. The good, if it has done any at all, remains to be proved.”• In 1939, KA Abbas had written to X , “Give this little toy of ours, the cinema, which is not so useless as it looks, a little of your attention and bless it with a smile of tolerance.” X again refused!• X?
22• His music was used in Hollywood films like Lord of War (2005, starring Nicholas Cage) and Inside man( Spike Lee, 2006)• He also composed music for the Mandarin Chinese movie – Warriors of Heaven and Earth (Tian Di Ying Xiong) in 2003• Howard Lee, an actor described his music as ‘Gobbledy-gobbledy-gobbledy-gook’• Who’s he?
23• The romance between X and Y is a well- known episode in Bollywood.• There was a story which went, “When X and Y shot romantic sequences, he paid the light boys to make mistakes so that he could embrace her again and again. X and the light boys had a perfectly worked-out code language - when he pulled his ear, the light boys would make a mistake- mess up the trolley or make a reflector fall- but when he touched his nose they okayed the shot…”• The couple?
24• Which is the only film in which Dilip Kumar played a Muslim?
Ans• Mughal-e-Azam ! (as Prince Salim-later Emperor Jehangir)
25• X had the following to say of the English band Y,“People say that the Y are a fad. But I don’t thinkso…If you listen to the Y properly, you get a feelof old Roman music. Sometimes, you get a feelof Indian music, sometimes you get a feel ofAssamese folk songs. On the face value you mayfeel it is a bad thing but, no, there is inner soulto the Y’ music. Moreover they are moreexperimental…”• X and Y?