The Bollywood Trivia Quiz

Anshu, sends in her set of Bollywood trivia questions.

1. The original climax of this film had the protagonist killing the villain himself.  But the Censor Board couldn’t bear an ex-cop taking the law in his own hands. So the director shot a different climax, where the thoroughly beaten villain is taken away in a police van at the end. Name the film.

2. What is common to: Sarfarosh, Lagaan and Ghajini, other than the main protoganist?

3. What is common to: ‘Jodhaa Akbar’, ‘Once upon a time in India’, ‘A married woman’, and ‘The young wife”?

4. “Hesitating to act because the whole vision might not be achieved or because others do not yet share it, is an attitude that only hinders progress.”- Mahatma Gandhi. What’s the filmi connection?

5. What is so special about the songs ‘Moh se chhal kiye jaaye’ and ‘Kya se kya ho gaya’ from the film Guide?

6. What is common to: Ram Sharma, Sue McKinley, Raj Kumar Santoshi and Jagdish Gautam?

7. At the age of seven, he played Shashi Kapoor’s child role, but unfortunately the film was never released. In his days of struggle MS Sathyu signed him for his first film. He also worked in Telugu and Kannada films. In his first release, he claimed to be inspired by Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton and Raj Kapoor-a look he repeated later as well. He went on to win the National Award for Best Actor. His three production ventures have been flops. Who are we talking about?

8. What is common to the numbers: ‘Pretty woman’ (Kal ho na ho), Jaane kyun tanha ho gaye (Bhram) and ‘It’s a good day’ (Aamir)?

9. What is common to the films: Pickpocket, Mudh mudh ke na dekkh mudh mudh ke, Nau do gyarah and  Jhumroo?

10. Her surname is Richardson Khan. Merchant Ivory Productions made a documentary on her in 1973. A book on her called ‘The Life and Times of an H Bomb” was also published. She adopted a girl called Arpita. She is half French, one fourth Spanish and one fourth Burmese. Who is she?

Posted by Manish on January 6, 2009 in In Bollywood,Hindi Music,Quizzes


1 Padma { 01.06.09 at 8:24 pm }

ans to 6: is it Bhagat Singh??? because Jagdish gautam’s film was on Chandrashekhar Azad and not on Bhagat Singh!!

2 Padma { 01.06.09 at 8:26 pm }

ans to 10: our very own Helen of the cabaret dances galore fame

3 Padma { 01.06.09 at 8:49 pm }

ans to 3: all of them were nominated for awards in the foreign films category????????
anshu you better tell me if i am on the right track or not with my answers ok??????????????????

4 Anshu { 01.06.09 at 8:56 pm }

@ Padma:
Jagdish Gautam made ‘Shaheed-e-Azam Bhagat Singh’ in 1954 and ‘Chandrashekhar Azad’ in 1963.

5 Anshu { 01.06.09 at 9:00 pm }

@Padma…..One right, one close, one wrong! Keep going!

6 Manish { 01.06.09 at 10:37 pm }

5. Both songs from Guide are actually the same composition, same tune – and they appear in the movie back-to-back. For long I thought both were one-song-combined.

7 Manish { 01.06.09 at 10:38 pm }

4. The quote appears in the titles of Swades.

8 Manish { 01.06.09 at 10:42 pm }

2. Pradeep Singh Rawat: The short-term-memory-loss villian in Ghajini, Sultan in Sarfarosh and the sikh player in the Lagaan cricket team.

9 Manish { 01.06.09 at 10:49 pm }

8: For a change, rights for these songs were bought by Indian producers before using them in movies. KJo bought Pretty Woman’s rights – just because he had run into problems earlier. Producers of Aamir used the song with permission.

The Bhram incident was slightly different. Pritam first copied the song, and at the last minute when was faced with a lawsuit, hurriedly went into an out-of-court settlement and buy the rights of the composition.

10 Manish { 01.06.09 at 11:38 pm }

3. was tough.

Jodha Akbar: Jodha Akbar
Once Upon a Time in India: Lagaan
A Married Woman: Parineeta
The Young Wife: Balika Badhu

All had Amitabh Bachchan’s voiceover as the narrator.

11 Manish { 01.06.09 at 11:49 pm }

7 was tougher.

Anil Kapoor. But can’t figure out the film where he was to play Shashi Kapoor Jr. The Chaplin-Keaton-Raj Kappor inspiration was for Woh Saath Din.

12 Anshu { 01.07.09 at 12:08 am }

Q 7. Got this detail from Anil Kapoor’s website. He too doesn’t mention the movie’s name. But does say that the film didn’t get released. He says he was bitten by the acting bug from this film.

Yes, also, doesn’t he look Chaplinesque playing Mr India as well

13 Anshu { 01.07.09 at 7:23 am }

Well, most are solved. Do you guys want a clue to get 9? OK… take a look at the music and you will get the answer easily

14 Manish { 01.07.09 at 8:33 am }

Is Pickpocket the 1964 film?
MMKNDMMK – the unreleased Himesh film?
Nau Do Gyarah – the Dev Anand/Kalpana Karthik film?

15 Anshu { 01.07.09 at 9:02 am }

No, Pickpocket is the 1962 film

16 Anshu { 01.07.09 at 9:03 am }

The other two are correct.. easy now? What about Q 1?

17 Manish { 01.07.09 at 9:28 am }

Give up on #9. Have tried all combos. Real and reel-life hero-heroine couple. Actor-Singer, Actor-composer. Nothing works.

Need a little more time for #1.

18 Manish { 01.07.09 at 9:31 am }

#1 should be Sholay, right?

19 Anshu { 01.07.09 at 9:37 am }

Good job, Manish and Padma. I will put up the answers shortly.

20 Anshu { 01.07.09 at 9:59 am }

1. Sholay. Ramesh Sippy was so irked by the interference that at one time he wanted his name deleted from the credits of the movie!
2. Pradeep Singh Rawat: He played Sultan in Sarfarosh, Deva, the Sikh chap in Lagaan and and the ‘short term memory loss’ villain in Ghajini.
3. Amitabh was the narrator in all these movies: ‘Jodhaa Akbar’, ‘Lagaan: Once upon a time in India’, ‘Parineeta: A married woman’, and ‘Balika Badhu: The young wife’.
4. Ashutosh Gowariker’s Swades starts with this quote from Mahatma Gandhi.
5. The song sung by Rosy (Waheeda Rehman)(Lata Mangeshkar) ‘Moh se chhal kiye jaye’ is immediately followed by Raju guide (Dev Anand)(Mohd rafi) singing “Kya se kya ho gaya’. Both songs have the same tune, which is not evident unless you hear carefully. The Lata song is sung at a faster pace. Try humming both together and see.
6. They all were making movies on Bhagat Singh: Ram Sharma (Shaheed 1965), Sue McKinley (Alice Patten in Rang de Basanti!), Raj Kumar Santoshi (The Legend of Bhagat Singh- 2002) and Jagdish Gautam (Shaheed-e-Azam 1954)?
7. Anil Kapoor
8. The film makers claim that they have legally bought the original numbers from the copyright owners and not plagiarized them
9. The sons of the composers of these movies have all composed, sung (arguably badly.. can’t say that about Panchamda ;-)) and acted in movies
Pickpocket: Composer: Sardar Malik; Son: Anu Malik
Mudh mudh ke na dekkh mudh mudh ke: Composer: Vipin Reshammiya; Son: Himesh Reshammiya
Nau do gyarah: Composer: SD Burman; Son: RD Burman
Jhumroo: Composer: Kishore Kumar; Son: Amit Kumar
10. Helen

21 Padma { 01.07.09 at 5:13 pm }

wow thanks anshu and as usual manishwa is a genious.

22 Padma { 01.07.09 at 5:21 pm }

pls put up more quizzes guys!!!!
am in france right now and it is bloody cold!!!! Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

23 Dr Anshu { 01.07.09 at 8:38 pm }

Padma, why don’t you give a shot at my AB trivia quiz at ? I have a few more questions on Bollywood in mind, but need a few more to make a decent sized quiz. Coming up shortly… to make you feel warm! ;-)

24 Manish { 01.07.09 at 11:51 pm }

I had no idea that Bipin Reshamiya’s compositions are being used in Mud Mud and more Mud ke.

25 Manish { 01.08.09 at 12:07 am }

@Anshu, I understand you are a huge fan of the Bachchan clan for the past 30 years, here is a trivia question for you.

Who was the french tutor for the Bachchan family?

An no, Big B knows nothing about French – except for his beard.

26 Padma { 01.08.09 at 12:50 am }


27 Anshu { 01.08.09 at 1:06 am }

A wild wild guess is Sonia Gandhi! Tell me if that is wrong, and I’ll try googling after work

28 Manish { 01.08.09 at 3:43 am }

No, not Sonia Gandhi. And you won’t find the answer by googling. The answer is the lady in comment #26 who is “hehe-ing”

29 Anshu { 01.08.09 at 5:45 am }

Wow! I need to know more about you Padma if I need to get closer within whiffing distance of AB!

30 Anshu { 01.08.09 at 6:16 am }

You know Manish I would have got that trivia question today. Because I clearly remembered reading a comment on AB’s blog saying that I have taught your daughter French. Just needed to dig it out via google after work. Only I wouldn’t have guessed that this Padma and that Padma were the same!

31 Manish { 01.08.09 at 7:37 am }

If I remember correctly, Shweta Bachchan wanted to learn French because she was expecting and wanted the child t hear french – the abhimanyu kind of way.

Well, Miss P has a long list of students apart from Shweta – Ritu and Natasha Nanda, writers – Upamanyu Chatterjee, Sarnath Bannerjee, the IPS guy on whose story Sarfarosh was based and tonnes of other celebrities. She’s also interacted with writers like Manju Kapoor, Arundhati Roy (one time roommate ), every French President who has visited India, PVN Rao, Maharani Gayatri Devi….and so on.

32 Anshu { 01.08.09 at 8:42 am }

Yeah… I have just finished surfing that part on Phew!

Next Bollywood trivia quiz coming up within a few minutes on

33 Padma { 01.08.09 at 12:13 pm }

hahahaha have fun at my expense manish!!!!

wait till I get back to India Saturday night!!!!

34 muzzu { 03.26.09 at 12:15 pm }

well guys if u wanna play real trivia then u have to come on dalnet first download a mirc chat client script from and then type on status window /server /join #indiatrivia
and u will find many Question/Answers regarding Bollywood Chears!!

35 Anshu { 09.03.09 at 9:38 pm }

Hey all you quizzical people! Why don’t you give a shot at my AB Trivia Quiz at

36 Anshu { 09.20.09 at 4:52 pm }
37 The Indians Abroad { 04.02.10 at 9:04 pm }

If you know your Bollywood, you may want to try Bollywood Quizes at ‘The Indians Abroad’

38 ani { 07.25.10 at 10:06 am }

wow thanks anshuuuuu ….. vry nice triviya.

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