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How well do you know Naseeruddin Shah?

July 18, 2008 19:40 IST
Naseeruddin Shah has enthralled us with his movies for over 30 decades. But how well do you really know him?

We test your knowledge on the great Naseer, on his 60th birthday on July 18!

1. Naseeruddin Shah has won the National Award twice. Which of the following films did not earn him the coveted honour?
a. Sparsh
b. Aakrosh
c. Paar

2. Rabindra Dharmaraj died before the release of his film, starring Naseer and Smita Patil. Identify the film from the list below.
a. Sunaina
b. Bahu Ki Awaz
c. Chakra

Wrong! Try again..
Wrong!
The correct answer is C
The film, based on Jaywant Dalvi's story and released in 1981, went on to win several awards. Both Naseer and Smita won the top honours at the Filmfare Awards with the latter going on to bag the coveted Silver Lotus as the Best Actress. Dharmaraj himself won in two categories at the Locarno International Film Festival in Switzerland.

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The film, based on Jaywant Dalvi's story and released in 1981, went on to win several awards. Both Naseer and Smita won the top honours at the Filmfare Awards with the latter going on to bag the coveted Silver Lotus as the Best Actress. Dharmaraj himself won in two categories at the Locarno International Film Festival in Switzerland.

3. Which film starred former Doordarshan news reader Tejeshwar Singh as the antagonist opposite Shah's protagonist?
a. Hero Hiralal
b. Jalwa
c. Tahelka

Wrong! Try again..
Wrong! The correct answer is B.
This film, released in 1987, was directed by Punkaj Parashar. Loosely based on Eddie Murphy's Beverly Hills Cop (1984), this movie featured a special appearance by Amitabh Bachchan. However, if it still remains in public memory, its thanks to the title track (Dekho Dekho Yeh Hai Jalwa), rendered with aplomb by Remo Fernandes.

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This film, released in 1987, was directed by Punkaj Parashar. Loosely based on Eddie Murphy's Beverly Hills Cop (1984), this movie featured a special appearance by Amitabh Bachchan. However, if it still remains in public memory, its thanks to the title track (Dekho Dekho Yeh Hai Jalwa), rendered with aplomb by Remo Fernandes.

4. What was the title of the segment in Dus Kahaaniyaan (2007) that featured Naseer and Shabana Azmi together after almost 20 years?
a. Rice Plate
b. Strangers in the Night
c. Zahir

Wrong! Try again..
Wrong! The correct answer is A.
Directed by television actor Rohit Roy, this segment focuses on the religious values and misconceptions of a staunch Tamil brahmin (Azmi) and how an encounter with an affable Muslim forces her to rethink her point of view. The segment was rumoured to be inspired from the 1989 Oscar winning short film The Lunch Date by Adam Davidson. Some critics also said the story has been lifted from Jeffery Archer's Broken Routine.

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Directed by television actor Rohit Roy, this segment focuses on the religious values and misconceptions of a staunch Tamil brahmin (Azmi) and how an encounter with an affable Muslim forces her to rethink her point of view. The segment was rumoured to be inspired from the 1989 Oscar winning short film The Lunch Date by Adam Davidson. Some critics also said the story has been lifted from Jeffery Archer's Broken Routine.

5. For which film did Naseer win the Best Actor award at the Venice Film Festival?
a. Khamosh
b. Nishant
c. Paar

Wrong! Try again..
Wrong! The correct answer is C.
This Goutam Ghosh directed film released in 1984 and also won Naseer his second National Award in the same category (He had earlier won the Best Actor Silver Lotus for Sai Paranjape's Sparsh). The highly acclaimed film, depicting survival against the odds in feudal Bihar, also won leading actress Shabana Azmi the National Award for the Best Actress.

Correct!
This Goutam Ghosh directed film released in 1984 and also won Naseer his second National Award in the same category (He had earlier won the Best Actor Silver Lotus for Sai Paranjape's Sparsh). The highly acclaimed film, depicting survival against the odds in feudal Bihar, also won leading actress Shabana Azmi the National Award for the Best Actress.

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Compiled by Bikash Mohapatra