Balls, Ballots, Bollywood
Oct 12, 2008
Before you begin
1. This is a quiz on Indian Politics, Hindi Films, and Indian Cricket.
2. This quiz was conducted on Oct 12, 2008 under the aegis of the BCQC by J. Ramanand.
3. These are the 24 questions from the preliminary round.
4. Almost all questions are set in the post-Independence era.
5. A detailed report of the quiz is available here. To know how the quiz was put together, read “The Making of Balls, Ballots, and
6. The highest score in the elims was 19, with the cutoff being 9.
7. The audio-visuals are in the accompanying document.
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1. He was the first batsman to score a hundred in the Ranji Trophy. He also represented India in the Davis Cup. The runner- up trophy
in the Moin-ud-Dowla Memorial Tournament is named after him. Who?
Ans: Syed Mohammad Hadi
Was once voted the most promising schoolboy cricketer in Bombay along with Tendulkar.
Ineligible to be picked for domestic cricket in 2003-04.
Finished Ranji career with Tripura.
Ans: Abhijit Kale, who was banned for ‘trying to bribe selectors’
3. Till date, which international player’s only outing for a Pakistan XI was as a substitute against a Cricket Club of India XI to
commemorate the Golden Jubilee of the CCI?
Ans: Sachin Tendulkar
4. What distinction is common only to Anju Jain (29), V. Sehwag (82) and K. Srikkanth (38)?
Ans: Highest scorers for India in an ODI World Cup Final
5. Who coached the Indian ODI squad for the semi-finals (vs Aus) and the finals (vs Pak) in the 1994 Australasia Cup held at Sharjah?
Ans: Sunil Gavaskar (Ajit Wadekar suffered a heart attack during that series)
6. Since May ’08, the Adam Smith College in Fife, Great Britain, offers annual education scholarships to 10 Indian students. PM
Gordon Brown himself invited this person to be part of this scheme. After whom is this scholarship named?
Ans: Rahul Dravid (Fife is in Scotland; Gordon Brown is a Scot)
7. (visual) Whose handwriting?
Ans: Mohammad Azharuddin
8. Who was the first Parsi Test Captain of India?
Ans: P.R. “Polly” Umrigar
9. (visual) Identify this former minister
Ans: Ajit Kumar Panja
10. ____ Baba was a legendary figure from Bhojpur in Bihar in the 19th century. He helped the Bhumihars in securing power in the
area. What is named after him?
Ans: Ranvir Sena
11. The Bahujan Samaj Party is a recognised national party. However, there are only two states which it can't use its election symbol.
One is Sikkim, where the symbol is allotted to the Sikkim Sangram Parishad. The other is a state where a leading regional party
has that symbol. Which is this party ?
Ans: Asom Gana Parishad (symbol: elephant)
12. Some of his career highlights: 1988-1990: CM of his state; 1990-91: Leader of Opposition, State; 1991: re-elected to Lok Sabha for
the 4th time from Tura constituency; 91-96: Union Minister of state for coal and labour, later cabinet minister for I&B; 1996-98:
held an important post. Who?
Ans: P.A.Sangma (96-98: Speaker of Lok Sabha)
13. Identify A & B (half points each).
A is now a Rajya Sabha member from Rajasthan. A was the deputy chairperson of the Rajya Sabha from 1988 to 2004. A was the
loser in an important 2007 election.
B preceded A as deputy chairperson of the Rajya Sabha, from 1986 to 1988. B was the governor of Rajasthan from 2004 to 2007.
B won an important 2007 election.
Ans: A: Najma Heptullah (lost VP battle); B: Pratibha Patil
14. It was launched on 23 Jan, 1989. The launch was preceded by banners stating: “Dainik navhe, Sainik” (meaning “not a Daily, but a
Soldier” ). What ?
Ans: Shiv Sena mouthpiece “Saamnaa”
15. (audio) Identify the politician
Ans: Derek O’ Brien who is the spokesperson of the Trinamool Congress.
16. If I was born on 26th Nov, 1979, who was the Prime Minister of India that day?
Ans: Charan Singh
17. He has probably hosted the most Filmfare Award ceremonies, including the very first one in 1953. He won the first ever Filmfare
award for Best Supporting Actor in 1954, for a Raj Kapoor production. Later, came to be noted for his short roles in the late 70s.
Ans: David (the film: Boot Polish; David appeared in 70s films like Golmaal, Chupke Chupke, Baaton Baaton Mein)
18. (visual) Provide the name.
Ans: “Cyrus” (Being Cyrus; the two images being of Persian emperors Xerxes and Cyrus the Great)
19. Give both these actors (half points each).
Actor 1's real first name is X, but his first name in films is Y. In 1996, he acted as X in a film called X. In two of his earliest films,
his character was named Y, including a film called Y.
Actor 2’s real first name is Vishal, but his filmy first name is X. In his first film, his character was called X.
Ans: Sunny (=Y) Deol, Ajay (=X) Devgan
20. Kishore Kumar won 5 Filmfare awards for Best Male Playback Singer between 1980 to 1985, with only one loss in 1981. Who won
in 1981 and for which film ? (half points each)
Ans: His son Amit Kumar; film: Love Story
21. (video) Name the film.
Ans: Inkaar (the song playing is the famous ‘mungDaa’)
22. (video) If the audio was on, what would you hear?
Ans: Chaiya Chaiya (the film is Inside Man)
23. (visual) Identify this person
Ans: Manmohan Desai
24. (visual) Identify movie from its opening credits
Ans: Khosla ka Ghosla