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FINALS
RULES
● There are 24 questions in the finals.
● +10/0 on bounce;+10/-5 on pounce.
● Three dry rounds.
● Chimping is allowed, blocking is not ;)
● The decision of the QM is final and binding.
DRY ROUND 1
Clockwise Direction
+10/0 on Bounce
+10/-5 on Pounce
Q1. ID the two media.
In his song “Surpanakha”, Shauharty talks about how he is beyond the pleasures or
the chaos that other people become occupied with, in the process referencing two
major works of media.
While the 2011 work achieved domestic critical acclaim, the other, more popular
work had already concluded more than half a decade before with several spinoffs and
movies
Eithеr there's ___ or thеre's ____ __ ___ ____, huh
For you
Khaali bartan kare uhh bugger off
A1. Sex and the City, Shor in the City
Q2. What artwork? ID the painter.
Painted as an homage to the already controversial artwork made by his
contemporary, the “modern” version ignited even more uproar and was met
with harsh critique. While it included the same elements as the original, the
context of the painting was made even more explicit with a spectator looking on
at the primary subject of the painting. What artwork?
The painter of this work once defended French novelist Emile Zola from bullies
when they were studying together, and one day Zola thanked him with a basket
of apples. The moment had a great impact on this artist, and they would
become a favoured subject of his. Who was the painter?
A2. Olympia, Cezanne
Q3. Give X.
X is an R package designed for QC, analysis, and exploration of single-cell RNA-
seq data. X aims to enable users to identify and interpret sources of
heterogeneity from single-cell transcriptomic measurements.
The tool is named after X who is known for pioneering the technique of
__________ (10) drawing a parallel between the technique the analysis of
individual cells as points to understand the broader composition and function of
tissues or organisms.
A3. Seurat
Q4. FITB; What historic moment did the painting depict?
According to the “American Tragedy, the Uncensored History of the _______ (7)
Defense”, a copy of a painting made 30 years before, was hung up in
_______(7)’s home.
This was more fitting for representing "something depicting African-American
history" and gain support from the African Americans on the jury and
contributed in the acquittal of _______ (7) .
A4. Simpson, Ruby Bridges (first black student to attend white
only school
Q5. ID show.
Based on the true stories behind showrunner Sterlin Harjo and Taiki Waititi's
upbringings, ___________ ____ (11, 4) is a modification of a debutorial film’s
name and the real-life phenomenon of feral or stray canines, “___ ____ (3, 4),”
on Indigenous ___________(s) (11). It centers on a group of Indigenous youths
navigating life with their own unique challenges and adventures.
A5. Reservation Dogs
Q6. ID the piece of writing it has been associated with/how did it
recently gain popularity?
Although the band Duster once virtually vanished into oblivion, it resurged in
popularity towards the end of the 2010’s, with its vinyl records being resold at
absurdly high prices. More recently, it has gained even more popularity due to
its association with a famous piece of writing. One must imagine that its
members are happy with reissues of their works, tours and a new album
released in 2022 all due to their new-found popularity.
A6. Myth of Sisyphus
Q7. Why did their funding stop?
From the 1960s through the early 1990s, specialized publishing houses across the
Indian subcontinent produced children’s literature in approximately 13 regional
languages.
For example, a notably popular tale was that of a peasant's son who rises up
against a corrupt and avaricious ruler. These stories served a dual purpose: they
not only entertained but were also meant to instill certain ideals in these
children.
However their operations stopped in the early 1990s due to a halt on their
funding, but these cheap, easel accessible books left an indelible mark on those
who read it.
A7. Soviet Union disintegration
Q8. What served as the inspiration? Which broadway play?
The TV show Pose, set in 1980s-90s New York City, centred around the lives of
multiple queer individuals all tied together by similar struggles. It was inspired
by the documentary _ _ _ which set New York City ball culture ablaze upon its
release.
In the season finale of the shows second season, Pray Tell, played by Billy Porter
learns to embrace his femininity as a part of "Butch Queen First Time at a Ball"
category donning a Diana Ross inspired look complete with luxuriant, coiled hair
and high heels which he struggled to walk in. This is, however, ironic considering
the Broadway play he once played the main role in.
A8 Paris is Burning; Kinky Boots
DRY ROUND 2
Anti-clockwise Direction
+10/0 on Bounce
+10/-5 on Pounce
Q9. ID both movies.
Alluding to the section of the IPC which prescribes the punishment for the
offence of fraud, the 1955 blockbuster hit was prefixed with _____ as a
reference to a line in the protagonist’s ending monologue which translates to,
“These are not simply con men, they are respectable con men”.
Made 4 decades later, another movie with a similar name was adapted from a
Tamil movie which itself was inspired by another Hollywood film. Both the Tamil
and Hindi movie starred the same lead actor.
A9. Shree 420, Chachi 420
Q10. ID X and the famous couple.
Sacrificed in the Mayan civilization due to their value as infernal guides, this
breed of dog was featured in a 2017 movie as a supporting character and was
aptly named X.
The breed was also a favourite of a couple from the same country, often getting
featured in their paintings and even murals.
A10. Dante; Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo
Q11. Id poem/poet. What sartorial choice?
Due to Imran Khan’s use of a song in his campaign video, he has been accused of
Vivek Agnihotri of copyright infringement due to it allegedly and ironically
belonging to one of his “movie’s” soundtrack.
Written in defiance of General Zia-ul-Haq’s authoritarian rule, singer Iqbal
Bano’s performance further shot this poem to new heights of popularity. While
performing, she made a sartorial choice in protest of Zia-ul-Haq’s ban on a piece
of clothing as a non-Islamic outfit.
A11. Faiz Ahmed Faiz; Hum Dekhenge: She wore a black saree
Q12. FITB. What rumours stopped the movie’s shooting?
Katiyabaaz, a 2013 documentary follows protagonist Loha Singh as he resorts to
electricity thievery in the face of Kanpur’s electricity crisis. The English title of
the movie _________ (9), reflects both on his lack of access to electricity and
his helplessness in society as no measure he resorts to ends up working out.
The filming of the documentary had to be temporarily halted due to rumours
that the crew was shooting a sequel for a popular movie franchise which even
drove fearless Loha Singh away. Which movie franchise?
A12. Powerless; Dabbang
Q13. Name the director and the scene from the 2004 movie.
This director’s love for Bollywood is well known and shines through in many of
their movies. In a 2007 blockbuster, they paid tribute to their favourite eras of
Indian cinema through hidden references, set design, costumes and even through
the story itself. Which director?
Earlier, in a 2004 movie of theirs, they made a reference where the lead while
receiving a verbal bashing has to dodge weaponised words and does so in a way
that mirrors an iconic scene from a 1999 Hollywood sci fi movie. What is the
scene from the 2004 movie?
A13. Farah Khan; Spit Scene from Main Hoon Na
Q14. How is this art made?
To broaden their cultural horizons, the ASM (American Society for
____________) organises the X Art Awards featuring this unique method of
artistic creation. Following are some of the winners of the same. How is this art
made? Give X, an essential element in this art’s formation.
A14. Petri dish art, Agar Art Awards
Q15. What theory?
Words Words Words, a play by David Ives attempts to emulate this popular
concept. Three characters named Kafka, Milton and Swift are left alone in a
room with a typewriter as they attempt to ape a popular literary work.
What theory does the play probably reference?
A15. Infinite Monkey Theorem - Shakespeare’s monkeys
Q16. FITB and what is the installation made of? (F)
As a part of the Doctor Who 60th anniversary celebrations, the BBC collaborated
with Back Market, an online marketplace for particular kinds of tech products to
make the following installation entitled ‘The Art of ____________ (12). The title
is doubly apt considering the materials that the installation is made of and also
how viewing it from different angles showcases the transformation from David
Tennant to Ncuti Gatwa.
A16. Regeneration; Refurbished Tech Products
DRY ROUND 3
Clockwise Direction
+10/0 on Bounce
+10/-5 on Pounce
Q17. Which composer? FITB (4+3+3)
In the 1950s, Satyajit Ray planned to make a movie on the person who composed
the music for his most significant and popular piece of work. Though the movie
never came into fruition, he had conceptualised storyboard sketches for the
same.
This composer also collaborated with American violinist Yehudi Menuhin on a
1967 album, called ___ ____ ___ (4,5,4) to represent their cross-cultural
association. Interestingly on a different album, he also has a song called ___
____ ____ (4, 4, 4) seemingly referencing non-vegetarian consumption
tendencies across the globe.
A17. Ravi Shankar; West Meets East and West Eats Meat
Q18. Name the character
X is a character from the game All Star Tower Defense. They are a 6-star
unit, based on a character from the 1999 comedy manga Azumanga
Daioh.
X is different from the other characters in the game as while others are
named simply by changing the spellings of the original names, X’s name
seemingly has nothing to do with the character or even anime as a
whole. Instead it is inspired by a meme of a pop star declaring his
doppelganger seemingly referring to his love for gambling and wanting
the biggest prize.
A18. Anita Max Wynn
Q19. FITB with this fusion music genre and identify X
____ _____ (4,5) is a term coined by evergreen Indian playback and ghazal
singer X on the release of his album Kaash in 2000. With changing singing
styles in Bollywood, X soon found himself without compositions to which he
could lend a voice to. Although he might have lost his stronghold in
Bollywood , but together with his Colonial Cousins partner, Leslie Lewis, the
duo’s tunes down south have been topping the charts.
He incorporated elements of a western genre in the song Yeh Aaine Se
(Kaash, 2000). Guitars and drums play on a slow beat alongside the sitar and
sarangi moving into a noir space. This fusion piece achieves a blend of ultra
cool sounds with lyrics speaking of smoke and mirrors that is common to
both forms.
A19. Urdu Blues, Hariharan
Q20. Identify the phenomenon which inspired X
X is a 2021 bollywood comedy film written and directed by Saurabh Tyagi
starring Jassi Gill and Surbhi Jyoti.
In the movie, Sintoo, a dejected lover, pens down his feelings on a _____ which
goes viral and triggers a chain of hilarious events.
A _____ bearing the titular phrase became viral and fodder for memes on the
internet, a few years back. The strange trend also hit headlines across the
nation, as everyone wondered, who exactly was this traitorous person and what
led to this scathing accusation, perhaps, by a jilted lover.
A20. Sonam Gupta Bewafaa Hai
Q21. ID Y.
The list of honored guests invited to the inauguration of JFK in 1961 included Y
who considered it an honor, but only exactly until the moment when JFK’s sister
and her husband asked the artist to bring one of his works in order to estimate
how much it would fit in with their apartment walls.
Having his art being reduced a part of their interior design offended the artist
who was extremely particular about his work and the emotions it evoked.
A21. Mark Rothko
Q22. Give phrase/ name of docuseries
While the title of the 2024 documentary series, _____ __ ___ (5, 2, 3), is a
direct reference to a phrase said before the filming of a scene it also alludes to
how victims of sexual abuse in the entertainment industry, especially children,
are silenced.
A22. Quiet on Set
Q23. Who?
This Indian internet icon has catapulted to fame of late, especially post his
collaboration with a global leader, where he showcased his theatrical,
masaledar antics to sell his famed product.
He's best known for his dramatic technique of making his product and his
recognisable sunglasses and dressing style.
A23. Dolly from Nagpur - Chaiwala
Q24. What was the misunderstanding? Why was the tour
cancelled?
In 2016, on an episode of Big Brother UK, contestant Angie _____ (5) tried to
confide an important secret in her fellow contestant Tiffany Pollard, related to
something that had just happened to her ex-husband. However the presence of
a different contestant named David Gest on the show led to a grave
misunderstanding as Tiffany misinterpreted what Angie was trying to tell her.
Spoofing this moment, David Gest intended to go on a tour called 'David Gest is
not Dead but Alive With Soul'. However the tour was cancelled just months
before it was intended to happen, why?
Q21. Who?
Pedro Almodóvar Caballero is a Spanish film director and screenwriter, hailing
from a central-southern region of the country called La Mancha. His humble
origins, as a member of a large and impoverished family of peasant stock, have
left their indelible mark on his work. Through his films, he has become a
representative icon of a Spain that emerged after the repression of Franco’s
dictatorship had ended. Interestingly, his last name Caballero literally translates
to “knight”. Keen fans have often drawn parallels between his life and that of
another entity central to the Spanish identity.
A24. David Bowie’s death confused with David Gest’s death;
He died

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  • 2. RULES ● There are 24 questions in the finals. ● +10/0 on bounce;+10/-5 on pounce. ● Three dry rounds. ● Chimping is allowed, blocking is not ;) ● The decision of the QM is final and binding.
  • 3. DRY ROUND 1 Clockwise Direction +10/0 on Bounce +10/-5 on Pounce
  • 4. Q1. ID the two media. In his song “Surpanakha”, Shauharty talks about how he is beyond the pleasures or the chaos that other people become occupied with, in the process referencing two major works of media. While the 2011 work achieved domestic critical acclaim, the other, more popular work had already concluded more than half a decade before with several spinoffs and movies Eithеr there's ___ or thеre's ____ __ ___ ____, huh For you Khaali bartan kare uhh bugger off
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  • 6. A1. Sex and the City, Shor in the City
  • 7. Q2. What artwork? ID the painter. Painted as an homage to the already controversial artwork made by his contemporary, the “modern” version ignited even more uproar and was met with harsh critique. While it included the same elements as the original, the context of the painting was made even more explicit with a spectator looking on at the primary subject of the painting. What artwork? The painter of this work once defended French novelist Emile Zola from bullies when they were studying together, and one day Zola thanked him with a basket of apples. The moment had a great impact on this artist, and they would become a favoured subject of his. Who was the painter?
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  • 11. Q3. Give X. X is an R package designed for QC, analysis, and exploration of single-cell RNA- seq data. X aims to enable users to identify and interpret sources of heterogeneity from single-cell transcriptomic measurements. The tool is named after X who is known for pioneering the technique of __________ (10) drawing a parallel between the technique the analysis of individual cells as points to understand the broader composition and function of tissues or organisms.
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  • 15. Q4. FITB; What historic moment did the painting depict? According to the “American Tragedy, the Uncensored History of the _______ (7) Defense”, a copy of a painting made 30 years before, was hung up in _______(7)’s home. This was more fitting for representing "something depicting African-American history" and gain support from the African Americans on the jury and contributed in the acquittal of _______ (7) .
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  • 17. A4. Simpson, Ruby Bridges (first black student to attend white only school
  • 18. Q5. ID show. Based on the true stories behind showrunner Sterlin Harjo and Taiki Waititi's upbringings, ___________ ____ (11, 4) is a modification of a debutorial film’s name and the real-life phenomenon of feral or stray canines, “___ ____ (3, 4),” on Indigenous ___________(s) (11). It centers on a group of Indigenous youths navigating life with their own unique challenges and adventures.
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  • 21. Q6. ID the piece of writing it has been associated with/how did it recently gain popularity? Although the band Duster once virtually vanished into oblivion, it resurged in popularity towards the end of the 2010’s, with its vinyl records being resold at absurdly high prices. More recently, it has gained even more popularity due to its association with a famous piece of writing. One must imagine that its members are happy with reissues of their works, tours and a new album released in 2022 all due to their new-found popularity.
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  • 24. A6. Myth of Sisyphus
  • 25. Q7. Why did their funding stop? From the 1960s through the early 1990s, specialized publishing houses across the Indian subcontinent produced children’s literature in approximately 13 regional languages. For example, a notably popular tale was that of a peasant's son who rises up against a corrupt and avaricious ruler. These stories served a dual purpose: they not only entertained but were also meant to instill certain ideals in these children. However their operations stopped in the early 1990s due to a halt on their funding, but these cheap, easel accessible books left an indelible mark on those who read it.
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  • 27. A7. Soviet Union disintegration
  • 28. Q8. What served as the inspiration? Which broadway play? The TV show Pose, set in 1980s-90s New York City, centred around the lives of multiple queer individuals all tied together by similar struggles. It was inspired by the documentary _ _ _ which set New York City ball culture ablaze upon its release. In the season finale of the shows second season, Pray Tell, played by Billy Porter learns to embrace his femininity as a part of "Butch Queen First Time at a Ball" category donning a Diana Ross inspired look complete with luxuriant, coiled hair and high heels which he struggled to walk in. This is, however, ironic considering the Broadway play he once played the main role in.
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  • 30. A8 Paris is Burning; Kinky Boots
  • 31. DRY ROUND 2 Anti-clockwise Direction +10/0 on Bounce +10/-5 on Pounce
  • 32. Q9. ID both movies. Alluding to the section of the IPC which prescribes the punishment for the offence of fraud, the 1955 blockbuster hit was prefixed with _____ as a reference to a line in the protagonist’s ending monologue which translates to, “These are not simply con men, they are respectable con men”. Made 4 decades later, another movie with a similar name was adapted from a Tamil movie which itself was inspired by another Hollywood film. Both the Tamil and Hindi movie starred the same lead actor.
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  • 34. A9. Shree 420, Chachi 420
  • 35. Q10. ID X and the famous couple. Sacrificed in the Mayan civilization due to their value as infernal guides, this breed of dog was featured in a 2017 movie as a supporting character and was aptly named X. The breed was also a favourite of a couple from the same country, often getting featured in their paintings and even murals.
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  • 37. A10. Dante; Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo
  • 38. Q11. Id poem/poet. What sartorial choice? Due to Imran Khan’s use of a song in his campaign video, he has been accused of Vivek Agnihotri of copyright infringement due to it allegedly and ironically belonging to one of his “movie’s” soundtrack. Written in defiance of General Zia-ul-Haq’s authoritarian rule, singer Iqbal Bano’s performance further shot this poem to new heights of popularity. While performing, she made a sartorial choice in protest of Zia-ul-Haq’s ban on a piece of clothing as a non-Islamic outfit.
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  • 40. A11. Faiz Ahmed Faiz; Hum Dekhenge: She wore a black saree
  • 41. Q12. FITB. What rumours stopped the movie’s shooting? Katiyabaaz, a 2013 documentary follows protagonist Loha Singh as he resorts to electricity thievery in the face of Kanpur’s electricity crisis. The English title of the movie _________ (9), reflects both on his lack of access to electricity and his helplessness in society as no measure he resorts to ends up working out. The filming of the documentary had to be temporarily halted due to rumours that the crew was shooting a sequel for a popular movie franchise which even drove fearless Loha Singh away. Which movie franchise?
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  • 44. Q13. Name the director and the scene from the 2004 movie. This director’s love for Bollywood is well known and shines through in many of their movies. In a 2007 blockbuster, they paid tribute to their favourite eras of Indian cinema through hidden references, set design, costumes and even through the story itself. Which director? Earlier, in a 2004 movie of theirs, they made a reference where the lead while receiving a verbal bashing has to dodge weaponised words and does so in a way that mirrors an iconic scene from a 1999 Hollywood sci fi movie. What is the scene from the 2004 movie?
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  • 46. A13. Farah Khan; Spit Scene from Main Hoon Na
  • 47. Q14. How is this art made? To broaden their cultural horizons, the ASM (American Society for ____________) organises the X Art Awards featuring this unique method of artistic creation. Following are some of the winners of the same. How is this art made? Give X, an essential element in this art’s formation.
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  • 50. A14. Petri dish art, Agar Art Awards
  • 51. Q15. What theory? Words Words Words, a play by David Ives attempts to emulate this popular concept. Three characters named Kafka, Milton and Swift are left alone in a room with a typewriter as they attempt to ape a popular literary work. What theory does the play probably reference?
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  • 53. A15. Infinite Monkey Theorem - Shakespeare’s monkeys
  • 54. Q16. FITB and what is the installation made of? (F) As a part of the Doctor Who 60th anniversary celebrations, the BBC collaborated with Back Market, an online marketplace for particular kinds of tech products to make the following installation entitled ‘The Art of ____________ (12). The title is doubly apt considering the materials that the installation is made of and also how viewing it from different angles showcases the transformation from David Tennant to Ncuti Gatwa.
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  • 58. DRY ROUND 3 Clockwise Direction +10/0 on Bounce +10/-5 on Pounce
  • 59. Q17. Which composer? FITB (4+3+3) In the 1950s, Satyajit Ray planned to make a movie on the person who composed the music for his most significant and popular piece of work. Though the movie never came into fruition, he had conceptualised storyboard sketches for the same. This composer also collaborated with American violinist Yehudi Menuhin on a 1967 album, called ___ ____ ___ (4,5,4) to represent their cross-cultural association. Interestingly on a different album, he also has a song called ___ ____ ____ (4, 4, 4) seemingly referencing non-vegetarian consumption tendencies across the globe.
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  • 62. A17. Ravi Shankar; West Meets East and West Eats Meat
  • 63. Q18. Name the character X is a character from the game All Star Tower Defense. They are a 6-star unit, based on a character from the 1999 comedy manga Azumanga Daioh. X is different from the other characters in the game as while others are named simply by changing the spellings of the original names, X’s name seemingly has nothing to do with the character or even anime as a whole. Instead it is inspired by a meme of a pop star declaring his doppelganger seemingly referring to his love for gambling and wanting the biggest prize.
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  • 66. Q19. FITB with this fusion music genre and identify X ____ _____ (4,5) is a term coined by evergreen Indian playback and ghazal singer X on the release of his album Kaash in 2000. With changing singing styles in Bollywood, X soon found himself without compositions to which he could lend a voice to. Although he might have lost his stronghold in Bollywood , but together with his Colonial Cousins partner, Leslie Lewis, the duo’s tunes down south have been topping the charts. He incorporated elements of a western genre in the song Yeh Aaine Se (Kaash, 2000). Guitars and drums play on a slow beat alongside the sitar and sarangi moving into a noir space. This fusion piece achieves a blend of ultra cool sounds with lyrics speaking of smoke and mirrors that is common to both forms.
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  • 68. A19. Urdu Blues, Hariharan
  • 69. Q20. Identify the phenomenon which inspired X X is a 2021 bollywood comedy film written and directed by Saurabh Tyagi starring Jassi Gill and Surbhi Jyoti. In the movie, Sintoo, a dejected lover, pens down his feelings on a _____ which goes viral and triggers a chain of hilarious events. A _____ bearing the titular phrase became viral and fodder for memes on the internet, a few years back. The strange trend also hit headlines across the nation, as everyone wondered, who exactly was this traitorous person and what led to this scathing accusation, perhaps, by a jilted lover.
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  • 71. A20. Sonam Gupta Bewafaa Hai
  • 72. Q21. ID Y. The list of honored guests invited to the inauguration of JFK in 1961 included Y who considered it an honor, but only exactly until the moment when JFK’s sister and her husband asked the artist to bring one of his works in order to estimate how much it would fit in with their apartment walls. Having his art being reduced a part of their interior design offended the artist who was extremely particular about his work and the emotions it evoked.
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  • 75. Q22. Give phrase/ name of docuseries While the title of the 2024 documentary series, _____ __ ___ (5, 2, 3), is a direct reference to a phrase said before the filming of a scene it also alludes to how victims of sexual abuse in the entertainment industry, especially children, are silenced.
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  • 78. Q23. Who? This Indian internet icon has catapulted to fame of late, especially post his collaboration with a global leader, where he showcased his theatrical, masaledar antics to sell his famed product. He's best known for his dramatic technique of making his product and his recognisable sunglasses and dressing style.
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  • 80. A23. Dolly from Nagpur - Chaiwala
  • 81. Q24. What was the misunderstanding? Why was the tour cancelled? In 2016, on an episode of Big Brother UK, contestant Angie _____ (5) tried to confide an important secret in her fellow contestant Tiffany Pollard, related to something that had just happened to her ex-husband. However the presence of a different contestant named David Gest on the show led to a grave misunderstanding as Tiffany misinterpreted what Angie was trying to tell her. Spoofing this moment, David Gest intended to go on a tour called 'David Gest is not Dead but Alive With Soul'. However the tour was cancelled just months before it was intended to happen, why?
  • 82. Q21. Who? Pedro Almodóvar Caballero is a Spanish film director and screenwriter, hailing from a central-southern region of the country called La Mancha. His humble origins, as a member of a large and impoverished family of peasant stock, have left their indelible mark on his work. Through his films, he has become a representative icon of a Spain that emerged after the repression of Franco’s dictatorship had ended. Interestingly, his last name Caballero literally translates to “knight”. Keen fans have often drawn parallels between his life and that of another entity central to the Spanish identity.
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  • 84. A24. David Bowie’s death confused with David Gest’s death; He died