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How much of an Asian culture vulture, are you? Test your knowledge with our annual quiz (2021)…Answers

How much of an Asian culture vulture, are you? Test your knowledge with our annual quiz (2021)…Answers

Here are the answers to our annual Quiz…How did you do? Are you an Asian culture vulture or just masquerading as one… Just follow the bird and you will do better next time – thanks! See at bottom for marking… Happy New Year!

Here’s the original same page (if you still want to do) but this one has all the answers…

By Suman Bhuchar

IT’S THAT time of the year again when we ask you to take the Asianculturevulture quiz and test your wits and knowledge of Asian arts and culture and find out if you are truly an asianculturevulture, an aficionado or just a vulture! Enjoy & share with friends…


Mary (Joanna Scanlan) in ‘After Love

1 Which film received the Best British Independent Film Award?
a) After Love
b) Bank Job
c) A Night of Knowing Nothing
d) I am Belmaya
e) Flee
For an extra point please name the director who also received the Best Director and The Douglas Hickox Award (Debut Director) – Aleem Khan

British Independent Film Awards 2021 – Cross cultural tales win big – ‘After Love’, ‘Ali & Ava’ and ‘Flee’… – Asian Culture Vulture

2 Which film closed this year’s London Indian Film Festival?
a) Brick Lane
b) My Beautiful Laundrette
c) The Warrior
d) Flight
e) Majdhar
For an extra point, who wrote the film? Tanika Gupta – and ‘Flight’ was released in 1997

London Indian Film Festival 2021: Closing Gala Film – ‘Flight’: Stars look back… – Asian Culture Vulture

3 Name the short film based on the life of a Pakistani activist and directed by Oscar winner, Orlando Van Einsiedel?
a) Writing With Fire
b) Into Dust
c) Women of My Billion
d) Rehana
e) Mulaqat
For an extra point, name the Pakistani activist – Perween Rahman. Four men were recently jailed in Pakistan for her murder in 2013.

‘Into Dust’ – Oscar winning documentary director Orlando von Einsiedel’s first narrative drama packs a punch and commemorates Pakistani Perween Rahman’s work… – Asian Culture Vulture

4 Which actor, activist, rapper, producer has had his short film included in the Oscar long list?
a) Riz Ahmed
b) Dev Patel
c) Adeel Akhtar
d) Nikesh Patel
e) Sacha Dhawan
For an extra two points name the film and his earlier nomination? (Editor clue: it’s related to music) – ‘The Long Goodbye’ and ‘Sound of Metal’

You searched for The Long Goodbye – Asian Culture Vulture

You searched for Sound Of Metal – Asian Culture Vulture

5 Name the director of the film, ‘Granada Nights’, dealing with self-discovery while nursing heartbreak?
a) Sam Masud
b) Abid Khan
c) Mattie Do
d) Gauri Shinde
e) Aneil Karia

Antonio Aakeel and Abid Khan on what inspired them to make ‘Granada Nights’ – Asian Culture Vulture

Film (International)

Perween Rahman (Indu Sharma) in ‘Into Dust‘*

1 “For the first time in my career I was on a set and everyone was brown like me which made me feel good” Who said those words?
a) Riz Ahmed on the set of Mogul Mowgli
b) Antonio Aakeel on making Granada Nights
c) Ramin Bahrani on the set of The White Tiger
d) Samira Makhmalbaf while making Takhté siah (The Blackboard)
e) Priyanka Chopra Jonas while shooting The Matrix Resurrections

Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Adarsh Gourav and director Ramin Bahrani talk about their film, ‘The White Tiger’ – Asian Culture Vulture

2 Which film received the Cannes Golden Eye Award for ‘Best Documentary’ at 2021 Cannes Film Festival?
a) Rahul Jain – Invisible Demons
b) Payal Kapadia – A Night of Knowing Nothing
c) Todd Haynes – The Velvet Underground
d) Ajitpal Singh – Fire in the Mountains
e) Ajoy Bose/Peter Compton – The Beatles in India

‘A Night of Knowing Nothing’ – a beautiful lament about India and a warning about the age of authoritarianism everywhere… (review) – Asian Culture Vulture

Cannes 2021: ‘A Night of Knowing Nothing’ top documentary award for filmmaker Payal Kapadia… (video interview) – Asian Culture Vulture

3 Who didn’t get the job as the ‘foreign reporter’ in the film, ‘Bell Bottom’ directed by Ranjit Tewari and starring Akshay Kumar? (Ed: clue – she is a contributor to ACV)
a) Attika Choudhary
b) Natalie Barrass
c) Momtaz Begum-Hossain
d) Suman Bhuchar
e) Shay Grewal
For an extra point please tell us where was it filmed – Glasgow

‘Bell Bottom’ – casting Akshay Kumar, Adil Hussain, Scottish delicacies and fashion parade 1980s… – Asian Culture Vulture

4 Which film set in India in the aftermath of the Babri Masjid demolitions had its world premiere at London Film Festival 2021?
a) Pedro by Natesh Hegde
b) 7 Days by Roshan Sethi
c) Flee by Jonas Poher Rasmussen
d) Dostojee by Prasun Chatterjee
e) Ram ke Naam by Anand Patwardhan

Also known by its English title, ‘Two Friends’ – London Film Festival 2021 (video) – ‘Two Friends (‘Dostojee’) writer-director Prasun Chatterjee on his debut film world premiere… – Asian Culture Vulture

5 The Indian Horror film, ‘Chhorii’ (‘Girl’) is a remake of a Marathi language film, Lapachhapi. Who plays the lead role of Sakshi?
a) Janhvi Kapoor
b) Anushka Sharma
c) Nushratt Bharuccha
d) Mita Vashisht
e) Ileana D’Cruz

ACV Bird Eye Review Show Episode 20 – interviews and reviews: Nushratt Bharuccha (‘Chorrii’), ‘Ashes on a road trip’ and Richa Chadha & Vivek Oberoi (‘Inside Edge’) – Asian Culture Vulture


Esh Alladi in The Overseas Student’ by Tanika Gupta

1 Which British Asian hit play marked its 25th anniversary with a new production?
a) Journey to the West by Tara Arts
b) East is East by Ayub Khan Din
c) My Beautiful Laundrette by Hanif Kureishi
d) Backbencher by Amina Atiq
e) Bombay Dreams by Meera Syal
For an extra point who produced & staged the original production? For an extra, extra boffin point – who played the original paterfamilias in the original production 25 years ago? (Ed clue: there is a piece about that production published this year). East is East by Ayub Khan Din, and Tamasha Theatre Company with partners Royal Court & Birmingham Rep, but Tamasha but we will settle for Tamasha as the answer. George Khan was played by Nadim Sawalha.

‘East is East’: A Personal Look by Suman Bhuchar – Asian Culture Vulture

2 Which play dealt with Gandhi’s early life in London and was part of the trilogy Out West?
a) True Brit by Vinay Patel
b) The Overseas Student by Tanika Gupta
c) Rice by Michele Lee
d) Love in the Time of Corona by Hassan Abdulrazzak
e) Waking/Walking by Suhayla El-Bushra

Three to see before they close and Tanika Gupta appointment; Irvine Iqbal and Priyank Morjaria on ‘Romeo & Juliet’; and Tara Theatre’s ‘Final Farewell’… – Asian Culture Vulture

3 Which South Asian female led company celebrated its 30th anniversary this year?
a) Clean Break
b) Kali Theatre Company
c) The Thelmas
d) Vᾰn Thanh Productions
e) Mashi Theatre
For an extra point, name the two original founder members of said company – Kali Theatre Company and the original founders were Rukhsana Ahmad and Rita Wolf

‘When the Fire’s Gone Out’ – playwright Naylah Ahmed talks about the idea of ‘home’ that inspired Kali week of plays coming to Tara Theatre – Asian Culture Vulture

4 Who adapted The Importance of Being Earnest as an online co-production between the Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield & The Dukes, Lancaster?
a) Yasmin Whittaker-Khan
b) Yasmin Wilde
c) Yasmin Khan
d) Yasmeen Khan
e) Dr. Yasmin Khan
And for an extra point name the director of the show – It was a bit tricky as you had to get the right name and spelling! Mina Anwar directed.

‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ – Asian and Northern take on Oscar Wilde comedy classic delivers laughs, and romance with quirky sparks… – Asian Culture Vulture

5 Who wrote and starred in ‘Evening Conversations’ which was part of the Footprints festival at Jermyn Street Theatre?
a) Hannah Kumari
b) Anjana Vasan
c) Shaheen Khan
d) Meera Syal
e) Sudha Bhuchar

Well done you’ve come this far and here’s a brief treat for you courtesy of Rifco, Leave the Plastic on – a digital series of satirical comedy sketches


ACV contributor Momtaz Begum-Hossain (left) author of ‘Hello Rainbow: Finding Happiness in Colour‘ and Sandra Phillips (@dressintoart)

1 Which Bollywood and Bond actor whose mother was the nun, Sister Palmo released his autobiography earlier this year?
a) Ashok Amritraj
b) I.S. Johar
c) Kabir Bedi
d) Bhasker Patel
e) Sacha Dhawan
For an extra point name the title of the biography – ‘Stories I must tell’

Kabir Bedi: Actor on his book, Bond, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, family affairs and mental health… – Asian Culture Vulture

2 Which British poet who was considered for the Poet Laureate appeared at the Manchester International Festival 2021?
a) Moniza Alvi
b) Daljit Nagra
c) Rupi Kaur
d) Tariq Latif
e) Imtiaz Dharker

3 Which novelist’s book set during the Partition of India appeared in the Observer’s Top Ten debuts of 2021?
a) Melody Razak
b) Caleb Azumah Nelson
c) Zoe Iqbal
d) Kavita Puri
e) Natasha Brown
For an extra point name the title of the novel, and for an extra, extra boffin point name the inspiration for the book – Melody Razak; the novel was called, ‘Moth’ and the inspiration for it was Kavita Puri’s ‘Partition Voices’ Radio 4 programme

‘Moth’ – debut novelist Melody Razak’s stunning work is a powerful addition to Partition memory… – Asian Culture Vulture

4 Which acv contributor and craft expert has written a book on how to find happiness in colour?
a) Ashanti Omkar
b) Momtaz Begum-Hossain
c) Rebecca Atwood
d) Tasha Mathur
e) Devika Banerjee
For an extra point name the title of the book – Hello Rainbow: ‘Finding Happiness in Colour’

‘Hello Rainbow: Finding Happiness in Colour’ by Momtaz Begum-Hossain – new book to inject colour into your life… – Asian Culture Vulture

5 Which author recently had his book about the legacy of colonialism presented as a documentary on television?
a) Sathnam Sanghera
b) William Dalrymple
c) Anita Anand
d) Anita Rani
e) Amandeep Singh Madra
For an extra point name the title of the book – Empireland: How Imperialism has shaped Modern Britain

‘Empire State of Mind’: We need to talk about Race and Empire – Sathnam Sanghera’s TV follow-up to ‘Empireland’ – Asian Culture Vulture


Vidya Patel and her promotional image for Sadler’s Wells Show, ‘When Life Gives you Melons

1 Which BBC Young Dancer became a Sadler’s Wells Associate this year and presented her piece, ‘When Life Gives you Melons” as part of a Mixed Bill?
a) Sarah Kundi
b) Seeta Patel
c) Vidya Patel
d) Urja Desai Thakore
e) Arunima Kumar

‘When Life Gives You Melons’ – Vidya Patel, dancer-choreographer, first stage show as Sadler’s Wells Young Associate… – Asian Culture Vulture

2 Which dancer /choreographer company celebrated a 21st anniversary of producing work?
a) Aakash Odedra Company
b) Akademi
c) Akram Khan Company
d) Nina Rajrani Dance Creations
e) Mavin Khoo associates

Carnival of Shadows – ‘Xenos’, ‘Chotto Xenos’, and ‘Outwitting the Devil’ – Emerging into the light, Akram Khan Company marks 21 years… – Asian Culture Vulture

3 Which coming festival had a sneak preview of events at the Manchester International Festival this year?
a) Sama Arts Festival
b) Saudha Arts Festival
c) Sufi Festival
d) Salaam Festival
e) Savera Festival

Manchester International Festival 2021: Salaam Festival opens tonight with Abi Sampa, Sona Jobarteh and Muneera Pilgrim…(video) – Asian Culture Vulture

4 Which Asian personality appeared on the British television show, ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ this year?
a) Nina Wadia
b) Naga Munchetty
c) Mark Ramprakash
d) Laila Rouass
e) Sunetra Sarkar

5 Which South Asian Dance Company launched the first ever online dance film festival this year?
a) Akademi
b) Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company
c) Big Dance
d) Kadam Dance
e) Phizzical

Akademi Dance Film Festival 2021: Artistic director Subathra Subramaniam tells us about this new initiative exploring lockdown, sexuality, motherhood, artistic practice and other topical subjects… – Asian Culture Vulture


Soumik Datta (centre) with (left to right) Ihsaan de Banya, Amahla, Yasmin Ogilvie and Monique Jonas for their film ‘Silent Spaces‘ shot in The British Museum. Picture: Souvid Datta See link below Question 3

1 Which musician & Brit Award nominee of Bangladeshi heritage appeared on BBC Asian Network celebrating Bangladesh’s 50th independence year?
a) Sohini Alam
b) Shapla Salique
c) Joy Crookes
d) Tanita Tikaram
e) Lucy Rahman

Bangladesh at 50 – Final celebration events: ‘Bangla’ artwork artist speaks, Dawaat, Victory Day Concert, Rich Mix talk and Zoe Rahman concert… – Asian Culture Vulture

2 Which composer & pianist received the Ivor Novello Impact Award 2021?
a) Rekesh Chauhan
b) Nitin Sawhney
c) Lang Lang
d) Zoe Rahman
e) Mishka Rushdie Momen

See above

3 Which artist worked with 40 artists and musicians to create a series of short films, ‘Silent Spaces’ reclaiming England’s and London’s iconic and cultural spaces?
a) Soumik Datta
b) Souvid Datta
c) Sangeeta Datta
d) Amyt Datta
e) Anuradha Datta

Silent Spaces’ – Soumik Datta on his films celebrating cultural spaces and the desire for dialogue: British Museum, Royal Albert Hall and other venues… (video) – Asian Culture Vulture

4 Which Indian classical ‘khyal’ vocalist passed away in 2021 who formed a formidable duo with his brother?
a) Dagar brothers
b) Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
c) Bade Ghulam Ali Khan
d) Pandit Rajan Misra
e) Pandit Ravi Shankar
For an extra point name the brother he sang with? Pandit Ranjan and Sajan Misra

Pandit Rajan Mishra (Misra) – The Legacy (Obituary) – Asian Culture Vulture

5 Which artist received the Eastern Eye Arts Culture and Theatre Awards for her ‘outstanding contribution to the creative industry’ in 2021
a) Patricia Rozario
b) Sparsh Bajpai
c) Danielle de Niese
d) Kiri Te Kanawa
e) Wilhelmenia Fernandez

Patricia Rozario, Naga Munchetty, Charlie XCX, Jameela Jamil and Tabu lead women’s success at the Eastern Eye Arts, Culture and Theatre Awards (Acta)… – Asian Culture Vulture

Congratulations you’ve made it to here – so pause and enjoy this treat.
Madame Gandhi video treat – waiting for me


Artist Chila Kumari Burman’s artwork for ‘The White Tiger’ film

1 Name the photographer whose retrospective took place at the Photographer’s Gallery this year?
a) Mahtab Hussain
b) Vivek Vadoliya
c) Sunil Gupta
d) Suki Dhanda
e) Simrah Farrukh
For an extra point name the title of the show From Here to Eternity

Sunil Gupta: ‘A Life in Pictures – From Here to Eternity’ London exhibition and book document love and politics… – Asian Culture Vulture

2 Which British Asian artists created the artwork for the film release of ‘The White Tiger’ on Netflix? (There are two of them)
a) Chila Kumari Burman
b) Inkquisitive
c) Hardeep Pandhal
d) Shaw
e) Vik Kainth

The White Tiger film artwork – Chila Burman on tigers, ice cream vans and her Dad’s journey from Punjab to Liverpool and themes… (video) – Asian Culture Vulture

The White Tiger film artwork – Inkquisitive (Amandeep Singh): ‘I have never painted on a car’ and going from being a ‘bedroom artist’ to a social media sensation… (video) – Asian Culture Vulture

3 Which building façade in London features the art installation ‘Bangla’ to mark 50 years of independence of Bangladesh?
a) Rich Mix
b) Tate Britain
c) Idea Store, Whitechapel Library
d) National Portrait Gallery
e) V&A Museum

4 Which exhibition has been curated by assistant curator, International Art Amrita Dhallu at the Tate?
a) Lubaina Himid
b) Life Between Islands
c) Lucian Freud
d) Petrit Halilaj
e) Hogarth and Europe

More coming on Lubaina Himid, Tate Modern until July 3

Bird Bites update: ‘A night of knowing nothing’, Payal Kapadia; ‘The Long Goodbye’, Riz Ahmed and Aneil Karia; Lubaina Himid, first Tate Modern solo show and Amrita Dhallu – Asian Culture Vulture

5 Which artist conceived and presented ‘Eart: A Manifesto of Possibilities’ at the Manchester International Festival 2021
a) Rasheed Araeen
b) Rashid Rana
c) Faiza Shaikh
d) Zoe Iqbal
e) Shanaz Gulzar

Radio /Television

Amina (Anjana Vasan) in Channel 4’s ‘We are Lady Parts

1 Name the regular Asian character in the Radio 4 soap, ‘The Archers’, which celebrated its 70th anniversary this year?
a) Usha Gupta
b) Kamlesh Bahl
c) Maya Sondhi
d) Zainab Masood
e) Satya Gupta
For an extra point name the actor who plays the character, and for a boffin, boffin point name the person who originally played her – Usha Gupta played by Souad Faress and originally by Sudha Bhuchar

Souad Faress from ‘Bhaji on the Beach’ to ‘Game of Thrones’ to ‘We are Lady Parts’ – a woman for all seasons… – Asian Culture Vulture

2 Which British comedian won the ‘Best Entertainment Performance’ at this year’s BAFTAS?
a) Jeff Mirza
b) Shazia Mirza
c) Guz Khan
d) Asim Chaudhry
e) Romesh Ranganathan
For an extra point name the title of the show – The Ranganation

Baftas TV 2021: Documentary maker Deeyah Khan and comedian Romesh Ranganathan win, as most diverse awards list ever announced… – Asian Culture Vulture

3 Which British Youtuber has created the character of Kokila Ben?
a) Faryal Makhdoom
b) Harnaam Kaur
c) Shay Grewal
d) Parle Patel
e) Carry Minati

Parle Patel, Youtube star and content maker, has new video reaction show to screen on Zee 5 Instagram – ‘Koki’s Desi Gyaan’ – Asian Culture Vulture

4 Which comedy deals with the creation of a Muslim punk band?
a) And Just like That
b) We are Lady Parts
c) The Long Goodbye
d) Emily in Paris
e) Queer Eye for the Straight Guy
For an extra point, name the writer and director of the show – Nida Manzoor

TV Bird Bites: Bollywood stars tribute to Indian TV star Sidharth Shukla; ITV’s powerful ‘Stephen’; Edinburgh TV Festival ‘We are Lady Parts’ and Tan France – Asian Culture Vulture

5 Who played the role of Karen in the ITV drama ‘Innocent’?
a) Anjana Vasan
b) Priyanga Burford
c) Rani Moorthy
d) Jacqueline Fernandez
e) Anjli Mohindra

‘Innocent’ – Priyanga Burford: “Drama world is catching up with real world”, as she talks representation, love rivalry and outsider status in new ITV drama – Asian Culture Vulture

Well done for answering all the questions and if you scored all the right answers you get 62 points in all…
So how many did you get right? Are you an asianculturevulture?
0-25 Bah Humbug! We know getting out has been difficult this year but you need to pay attention to the content on our channels…please make sure you’re connected to us in 2022!
26-40 Pat yourself on the back and eat a mince pie and start swotting for next year
41-55 Well done you can certainly hold your own in the artistic circles
55+ Congratulations you culture vulture!

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