Monday, December 19, 2005

Tamil Cinema Quiz

When IMDb turned 15, quizmaster Anti commemorated the same with an interesting 5-question trivia quiz. I did participate in that one and got all 5 answers right(with IMDb's help ofcourse). To celebrate the same, here's my attempt at an Anti-style quiz on Tamil cinema. For all 5 questions, intermediate or final answers can be found on bbreviews.

1. Thillu Mullu is said to be the film in which these two actors shared the screen for the last time. Since then, films of the two actors releasing on the same day is the closest we’ve come to seeing them in action together (after a long gap, that happened in 2005). But the two actors did appear together on the screen in one movie as late as 1999. Name the two actors and the film.

2. The heroes of Tamil cinema get to be young forever while the heroines quickly graduate to playing roles even beyond their ages. Consider this actor-actress pair for instance. Over the span of 16 years (1975 to 1991), the actress has played the actor’s wife, sister, mother-in-law and mother. Name the actor, actress and atleast one of the movies each of those relationships was portrayed in.

3. This young actor actor debuted in a fairly successful 1996 movie (the heroine was a newcomer too and went on to become famous for her physical assets rather than her acting prowess) but is still struggling to find a foothold in the industry. He could take tips from his father, who has been around for more than 2 decades playing many different roles – hero, villain, supporting actor, etc. The actor and his father have appeared in only 1 film together so far. Name the actor, his father and the film.

4. This director is now the king of masala in Tamil cinema, having delivered 3 huge box-office hits in the last 4 years. But he entered the industry rather quietly in 1999, directing a political thriller under his original name. The film, which never made it to the theaters, could be classified as a political thriller and was distinctly unlike his subsequent 3 movies. Name the director, his original name and that first film.

5. All it takes is a single film to turn one’s image around. Consider these 2 actresses. The first went unnoticed in a deglamorized role in a 1993 flop while the second was introduced in a glamorous role and even did a vampish dance number in a Satyaraj starrer. But both underwent image makeovers in 1996. While the former became a sex symbol by letting her skirt fly high a la Marilyn Monroe in a big hit, the latter became the epitome of the homely heroine after a superhit. The new images of the actresses were clear when they played sisters in love with the same man in a 1998 film. Name the two actresses and the film they appeared together in.

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Answers can be emailed to bbalaji [at] sbcglobal [dot] net.

30 Comments:

At 7:47 PM, Blogger Balaji said...

Anon, sorry but I deleted your comment w/ the answers. Please email answers only and reserve comments for general comments :)

 
At 9:39 PM, Blogger skanda said...

this quiz is fun and hope u have more of it on ur blog..

 
At 9:48 PM, Anonymous ram said...

bb, nice quiz...sent u the answers...

 
At 10:11 PM, Blogger Orange Fronkey said...

i know only 2 answers *cries*

can you post the answers after a week or so?? please???!!!

 
At 10:12 PM, Blogger Bart said...

Have just sent in my answers.. Hoping to get all answers right ;)

 
At 12:41 AM, Blogger மு.கார்த்திகேயன் said...

These types of quiz will brush-up our knowledge(?) in Tamil cinema..Nice thought from you Balaji.

Hope in future you will make this on weekly basis.And the way you posted the questions are also different..Eventhough I sent the answers, i donno whether all are rite..But the questions are simple it seems you started like this..Hope upcoming days you may post some good, hardy questions..

Kudos Balaji...

Along Friday jumble you can have this also..may be in friday/someother day

 
At 4:05 AM, Blogger Prasanna said...

nice one balaji...ve emailed u the answers

 
At 5:18 AM, Blogger Me said...

I knew only two but guessed the rest. Interesting post do it more often :D

 
At 9:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Balaji,

Can you post the answers in the next 2-3 days? I'm dying to know the answers....

Please make it a regular affair - maybe you can have the quiz on a Friday & give out the answers on a Monday (for the sake of us lesser mortals !!!)

 
At 9:25 AM, Blogger VC said...

When will you publish the answers?

 
At 1:09 PM, Blogger Me too said...

The last 2 posts seem to be brain-raking!!

 
At 1:10 PM, Anonymous Sandya said...

Great Quiz, Balaji.. The 3rd, 4th and 5th were so easy that even Krishna could get them! ;-)..So was the first one, except for the movie (I'm pretty sure that you have the year wrong on that one! :-)

Good stuff.. Keep it going!.. You have this incredible ability to drive us all crazy and all over the internet for the answers..

Vaazhga Balaji.. Vaazhga Internet (and tamil cinema.. without which there wouldn't be a quiz!) :-) ;-) :-0

 
At 1:59 PM, Blogger Balaji said...

ram, didnt get your answers :( resend?

merino, just send it in anyway :) plan to post answers over the weekend...

skanda/bart/karthik/prasanna, got your answers.

me, did u email answers?

sandya, i just went with bbreviews :) yes it is a '99 release. dunno why the typo creeped in there since that info is on bbreviews too! will correct it...

 
At 6:49 PM, Blogger visithra said...

I so don't know my cinema pls give the answers - i seem to get partial answers only ;(

 
At 7:08 PM, Anonymous ram said...

bb, i sent it to bbalaji@sbcglobal.net from ram_aishoo@yahoo.com will resend it now...lemme know if n when u get it...

 
At 7:26 PM, Blogger Saravan said...

mailed u the answers.

 
At 7:50 PM, Blogger Me said...

mailed it to bbalaji@sbcglobal.net
dint u get it?:((

 
At 7:50 PM, Blogger Me said...

mailed it to bbalaji@sbcglobal.net
dint u get it?:((

 
At 8:24 PM, Blogger Balaji said...

visithra, no rule against sending partial answers :)

ram, got it this time :)

saravan, got it :)

me, u're meera?

 
At 9:51 PM, Anonymous Sandya said...

I assume that you got my answers too, Balaji! :-)

 
At 2:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wish i could answer the quiz, Balaji!
Motivated by you, i have started a blog (i know this is the easy part, but continuing is the most difficult part) - primarily to reflect on what happens around us..

I welcome you and this community to share your thoughts as well..

Regards, TVS

 
At 2:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

here is the URL for the blog..
http://360.yahoo.com/tv_saravanakumar

Hope to see you there..
TVS

 
At 8:17 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

when will you post the answers?

 
At 11:29 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

answers???? please!
shwetha

 
At 12:37 AM, Anonymous Sandya said...

Here's what Balaji said previously:

plan to post answers over the weekend...

So, don't expect the answers before tomorrow or Saturday..

 
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