Saturday, October 23, 2021

Trivia Post 26

 I am adding some trivia posts for the last few weeks. 

1. An observation on Chaiyya Chaiyya.
2. The blood on the faces in Vishal Bhardwaj's three Shakespeare plays-based films—MaqboolOmkara, and Haider.
3. Kohl in the eyes:
a) "Woh surme ki tarah meri, aankhon mein hi rehti hai." — Khudaya KhairBillu
b) "Jaise saath saath chanda ke hai raat,
jitne paas nainon ke kajal,
jitne paas paas sagar ke lehar,
utne paas tu rehna humsafar." — Mere Haath Mein, Fanaa
4. The ordering of food without knowing what it is seen in Vikas Behl's Queen and Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam.
5. Lying down on the floor in Mani Ratnams' films—AlaipayutheyIruvarKatru Veliyidai, and Yuva.
6. Farrukh Jaffar passed away recently. She is seen here in Muzaffar Ali's Umrao Jaan (1981).
7. Farah Khan's Om Shanti Om starts with a tribute to Subhash Ghai's Karz. The film also ends with the story-in-a-song sequence similar to the one in Karz.
8. The shop in Abhishek Chaubey's Hungama Hai Kyon Barpa from Ray is named Rooh Safa which means soul cleanse, aptly named where people went to return the items they stole.
9. Sanjay Leela Bhansali gave a brief promotional interview for Heeramandi. He talked about his love for the movies and how he would look at the particles floating in the projector beam. I was thinking of the scene from Bajirao Mastani where Kashibai (Priyanka Chopra) projects the image of Bajirao (Ranveer Singh) image on the curtains at their palace.
10. In Aditya Chopra's Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, Taani (Anushka Sharma) and Suri (Shah Rukh Khan) go to watch a movie. Taani is bored so suddenly she sees Suri's alter-ego Raj telling her that he will show her the romance through the style of Hindi films. Then, we see the song Phir Milenge Chalte Chalte with tributes to Raj Kapoor, Dev Anand, Shammi Kapoor, Rajesh Khanna, and Rishi Kapoor. The thing to note is that the song does not feature action heroes Amitabh Bachchan or Dharmendra as this is a song for the romantic hero. The other thing to note is that this song is part of Taani's imagination where she sees the romantic heroes. It is only fitting that then the song is filmed on the romantic hero who is next in line—Shah Rukh Khan. As Raj also said that he learned about love from the Gods of love, the song has the actors known for their romantic roles. "Har janam mein, rang badal ke, khwabon ke pardon pe hum khil ke."
11. Aditya (Shahid Kapoor) in Imtiaz Ali's Jab We Met and Meera (Katrina Kaif) in Yash Chopra's Jab Tak Hai Jaanmend the relationship with their respective mothers after they fall in love. It is their own love life that helps them understand the love life of their mothers.
12. When I try to remember films, some of their little scenes come back to me. In Ritesh Batra's The Lunchbox, there is a little girl who stays opposite the house of Saajan Fernandes (Irrfan Khan). Early in the film, Saajan refused to give the ball to her and the other kids playing. In the night, Saajan could see the girl's house from his balcony. Initially, she shuts the window from her side at the beginning of the film when she sees him. During the midpoint, the scene comes again but the window is now half-open. Finally, in the end, she lets the window remain open and even waves hello to Saajan Fernandes. The window became a symbol for the change in the relationship between the two.
13. Three beautiful Raanjha songs.
a) Raanjha from Vishnuvardhan's Shershaah.
b) Raanjha Raanjha from Mani Ratnam's Raavan.
c) Raanjha from Vikas Behl's Queen.
14. The disclaimer in Abhishek Chaubey's Ishqiya.
15. The flower walk by Krishna (Vidya Balan) in Ishqiya.
16. Life lessons from Dr. Jahangir 'Jug' Khan (Shah Rukh Khan) in Gauri Shinde's Dear Zindagi.
17. Of chances, and feeling something is wrong in Imtiaz Ali's Jab We Met and Highway.
18. There is a moment in Maneesh Sharma's Fan when Gaurav's father (Yogendra Tikku) says that he won't give him money to meet Aryan. Gaurav (Shah Rukh Khan) says to his father that when he goes to the temple every week by changing four buses and donates one hundred and one rupees every time, isn't that, too, a time waste? His mother (Deepika Amin) says that Hanuman is God. For Gaurav, Aryan (Shah Rukh Khan) is the most important. This is shown in Sajid Ali's Laila Majnu, too. Some men beat up Qais (Avinash Tiwary) while they were praying. Qais asks them if he was talking to his lover whom he cannot see, were not they also talking to their God whom they cannot see? In both scenes, lover compares their beloved to an invisible deity.
19. Choosing the lesser of two evils in Kunak Kohli's Fanaa and Ravi Udyawar's Mom.
20. Ayan Mukerji's special appearances in Karan Johar's Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna, Zoya Akhtar's Luck By Chance, and his own Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani.
21. The poster of Raj Kapoor's Sangam shows: Ageless as Asia with the Taj Mahal; Exciting as Europe with the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Eiffel Tower, and the Big Ben. Another version has Sanchi Stupa instead of the Taj Mahal.
22. Heers become someone else in songs:
a) "Heer Heer na akho adiyo, main te Sahiban hoi." — HeerJab Tak Hai Jaan
"Don't call me Heer, I've become Sahibaan."
b) "Raanjha Raanjha saddo ni mainu Heer na aakho koyi." — Raanjha Raanjha, Raavan
"Call me Raanjha now, don't call me Heer anymore."
23. In Vikas Behl's Queen, Dadi (Tripta Lakhanpal) tells Rani (Kangana Ranaut) that she might think that her life ender after Vijay calls off the wedding. Later, she will only come and say that it was for the best. Indeed. That is why we see that she went and thanked Vijay in the end. Otherwise, her life would be have been so different.
24. The ending credits of Ashutosh Gowariker's Swades have many famous people who have now made it big. Kiran Rao. Ayan Mukerji is a clapper boy and also a writer. Karan Malhotra who directed Agneepath) and Danish Aslam who directed Break Ke Baad are also mentioned. I put this on Twitter and got responses from other people as well. More on those people here.
25. The parallels in Aziz Mirza's Chalte Chalte and Vivek Soni's Meenakshi Sundareshwar.
26. The different ending of Vikramaditya Motwane's Lootera as mentioned in its script. I put it on Instagram and he responded that he had shot it as well.

27. The same guy, who had asked Murad to leave, welcomes him to the club later in Zoya Akhtar's Gully Boy.
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Other Reading:
1) Trivia Post 25—Link
2) Trivia Post 24—Link
3) Trivia Post 23—Link
4) Trivia Post 22—Link
5) Trivia Post 21—Link

Dialogue of the Day:
"Kalli bheed chh baithi,
Teri peed le baaithi,
Russeya Raanjha ve mera,
Me ve kamm ni aithi


  1. Please keep the trivia posts coming, every time I read them I get so excited about the little details and it reignites a love for cinema!


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