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The Asian Culture Vulture end of year 2018 Quiz… are you an Asian Culture Vulture? 🤗 THE ANSWERS!

The Asian Culture Vulture end of year 2018 Quiz… are you an Asian Culture Vulture? 🤗 THE ANSWERS!

Are you the real deal or simply masquerading as one… test your knowledge of the Asian arts scene with our unique quiz…and see just how you fare… 😉 Now we all get to find out!

Compiled by Suman Bhuchar

AS WE APPROACH the end of 2018 and turn down the lights on a turbulent and a year of change, acv is seeing whether you’ve kept up – most of the answers are in our stories on the site; there are some seasonal ones to get started, some are more general knowledge and there are a few trickier ones…

Sitting comfortably…

There are nine categories (you would not expect anything too easy from us, haha) and there are bonus points available – which can elevate you to a whole different level! (Bragging rights allowed!) – Good Luck!

The answers are in bold.


QUESTION (Q): Who plays Freddie Mercury’s mother, Jer Bulsara in the film, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’?
A: Meera Syal
B: Meneka Das
C: Shobu Kapoor
D: Sudha Bhuchar
E: Shaheen Khan

Q: Who plays Freddie Mercury’s father, Bomi Bulsara in the film,
Bohemian Rhapsody ?
A: Harmage Singh Kalirai
B: Sanjeev Bhaskar
C: Ace Bhatti
D: Anupam Kher
E: Madhav Sharma

Q: Who plays the neighbour, Miss Lark in ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ which opened this Christmas?
A: Sakunatala Ramanee
B: Shabana Azmi
C: Shobu Kapoor
D: Meera Syal
E: Sudha Bhuchar
For an extra point name her dog… Willoughby 

Q: Which actor/director premiered her biopic of the writer ‘Manto’ at the Cannes Film Festival this year?
A: Shabana Azmi
B: Nandita Das
C: Priyanka Chopra
D: Aparna Sen
E: Zoya Akhtar
For an extra point who played the lead in the film? Nawazuddin Siddiqui (pictured above)

Q: Vicky Kaushal is a rising star in Bollywood, which ONE of these two films released in the Autumn, did he appear in…
A: Daddy
B: Manmarziyaan
C: October
D: Andhadhun
E: Sanju


Q: Which female actor received an Asian Rising Star Award at the International Film Festival and Awards Macao (IFFAM), December 8-14?
A: Radhika Madan
B: Deepika Padukone
C: Zaira Wasim
D: Sanya Malhotra
E: Disha Patani

Q: Which British male actor had two films that both enjoyed world premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival in September?
A: Riz Ahmed
B: Idris Elba
C: Dev Patel  – Hotel Mumbai (pic above) & The Wedding Guest 
D: Raj Ghatak
E: Reece Ritchie

Q: Which film opened the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) this year in late November?
A: The Favourite
B: Roma
C: Robot 2.0
D: The Aspern Papers
E: Zero

Q: Who is the youngest female to have ever got press accreditation to the Cannes Film Festival and was part of the acv team in May this year?
A: Attika Choudhary
B: Suman Bhuchar
C: Shay Grewal
D: Momtaz Begum-Hossain
E: Tyra Grewal
An extra point if you can say just how old she was at the time. She was seven months old.

Q: Which Indian MP launched his book entitled ‘Why I am Hindu’ at the Zee Jaipur Literature Festival this year?
A: Rahul Gandhi
B: Shashi Tharoor
C: Jairam Ramesh
D: Nitin Gadkari
E: Murli Manohar Joshi

Q: Which British music artist scored a new Indian film called ‘Once Again’?
A: Nitin Sawhney
B: Sarah Sayeed
C: Niraj Chag
D: Talvin Singh
E: Nanita Desai


Q: Which British Asian playwright wrote a response piece to Mike Leigh’s iconic play, ‘Abigail’s Party’ which had a 40th anniversary production this year?
A: Tanika Gupta
B: Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti
C: Atiha Sen Gupta
D: Nyla Levy
E: Ambreen Razia

Q: Who plays the lead role of Tartuffe in the RSC production currently running at Stratford until February 2019?
A: Sacha Dhawan
B: Simon Nagra
C: Asif Khan  (picture from Tartuffe above)
D: Peter Singh
E: Shubam Saraf
For a bonus point name the director of this production – Iqbal Khan

Q: Which Bollywood extravaganza was performed at the Peacock Theatre, London this year?
A: White Teeth
B: Taj Express
C: Bollywood or Bust
D: Bring on the Bollywood
E: Dishoom

Q: Which play kicked off the inaugural season of director, Nadia Fall at Theatre Royal Stratford East?
A: The Village
B: Black Men Walking
C: An Adventure
D: Eastern Star
E: The Funeral Director

Q: Which play dealt with the fake Islamist plot to take over Birmingham schools?
A: Sundowning
B: Sweat
C: Trojan Horse
D: Cry God for Harry, England and Saint George
E: Voices in the Dark


Q: Which dance theatre show contained both a romance and a tragedy about the First World War and is inspired by a famous Indian short story?
A: The Troth by Akademi (pictured above)
B: Young Men by Ballet Boyz
C: Xenos by Akram Khan Company
D: Remember: 1914-1918 by Candoco Dance Company
E: Contagion by Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company

Q: Which Bharatnatyam dancer worked on a show with Gandini Juggling?
A: Chitra Sundaram
B: Nina Rajarani
C: Seeta Patel
D: Santosh Menon
E: Lokesh Bharadwaj

Q: Which classical dance & music festival is curated by Sandeep Virdee & Akram Khan?
A: Easter Ragas at Tara Theatre
B: Darbar Festival at Sadler’s Wells
C: Alchemy at Southbank
D: Samsara by Milapfest
E: Summer School, Bhavan Centre

Q: In which production did the dancers, Nicholas Ricchini and Dennis Alamanos take part?
A: Chotto Desh
B: Dystopian Dream
C: Layla and Majnun
D: Not Today’s Yesterday
E: Sufi Zen

Q: Which dancer choreographed a show around acid violence?
A: Amina Khayyam Dance Company
B: Sonia Sabri Company
C: Tibetan Monks
D: Aakash Odedra
E: Shane Shambhu
For an extra point name the title of this piece – A Thousand Faces


Q: Which Bollywood male actor performed a UK concert tour late this year and announced he would be releasing an album in 2019?
A: Amitabh Bachchan
B: Farhan Akhtar
C: Akshay Kumar
D: Shah Rukh Khan
E: Ranveer Singh

Q: Which rapper and recording artist was the subject of a candid documentary that hit the big screen this year?
A: Mathangi Arulpragasam
B: Riz MC
C: Hard Kaur
D: Jay Sean
E: Raja Kumari

Q: Which Asian pop singer who took part in the Women in the Arts conference by Sama arts, was ‘ever so lonely’?
A: Najma Akhtar
B: Sheila Chandra  (collage picture of performers above)
C: Abi Sampa
D: Alka Yagnik
E: Shreya Ghosal

Q: What genre of music was celebrated at this year’s Zee London Mela?
A: Jazz
B: Rap
C: Khayal
D: Bhangra
E: Fado

Q: Which sarod artist collaborated with a Carnatic violinist for an event which was specially commissioned by the Bagri Foundation?
A: Amjad Ali Khan
B: Arnab Chakraborty
C: Wajahat Khan
D: Debasmita Bhattacharya
E: Soumik Datta


Q: Which festival is dubbed the ‘greatest literary show on earth’?
A: Hay–on-Wye Literature and Arts Festival
B: Edinburgh International Book Festival
C: Jaipur Literature Festival (picture above)
D: Karachi Literature Festival
E: New York Book Festival

Q: Which Nobel Prize winning literary giant passed away this year?
A: Amos Oz
B: Emily Nasrallah
C: Derek Walcott
D: VS Naipaul
E: Doris Lessing

Q: Who wrote a novel about a Gujarati family from Kenya settling down in Bradford?
A: Nikesh Shukla
B: Salman Rushdie
C: Vinay Patel
D: Nadeem Aslam
E: Vaseem Khan
For an extra point name the title of the novel – The Man Who Wrote Destiny

Q: Which Pakistani author, guest edited the Boxing Day edition of the Radio 4 Today programme?
A: Mohammed Hanif
B: Kamila Shamsie
C: Mohsin Hamid
D: Moni Mohsin
E: Fatima Bhutto

Q: Whose novel was described as: ‘A brilliant exploration of social media, code-switching and toxic masculinity’ by writer and editor Nikesh Shukla?
A: Gautam Malkani
B: Afshan D’souza Lodhi
C: Farhana Shaikh
D: Arundhati Roy
E: Seni Seneviratne


Q: Which art festival opened earlier this month?
A: Venice Biennale
B: Bangkok Art Biennale
C: Kochi Muziris Biennale  (picture above, work by EB Itso)
D: Shanghai Biennale
E: Sydney Biennale

Q: Which artist of Bangladeshi heritage was shortlisted for the Turner Prize 2018?
A: Runa Islam
B: Saiman Miah
C: Naeem Mohaiemen
D: Shahidul Alam
E: Sumit Sarkar

Q: Libraries and graveyards were the subject of two photo exhibitions by artists who are part of the #NewNorthSouth initiative. Where did the exhibition take place?
A: Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester
B: Ikon Gallery, Birmingham
C: The Tetley, Leeds
D: The Hepworth, Wakefield
E: Tate Modern, London

Q: Which UK-based Asian artist was commissioned to present work in the Illuminating India exhibition at the Science Museum from October 4 – March 31 2018
A: Zarina Bhimji
B: The Singh Twins
C: Chila Kumari Burman
D: Sutapa Biswas
E: Bhajan Hunjan

Q: Who curated the India Pavilion at the London Design Biennale at Somerset House this year?
A: Amrita Jhaveri
B: Priya Khanchanda
C: Divya Patel
D: Rachel Harris
E: Nada Raza


Q: Which comedian accused a free newspaper of ‘unconscious bias’ and why?
A: Jeff Mirza
B: Romesh Ranganathan
C: Ahir Shah
D: Tej Ilyas
E: Nish Kumar  – Metro referred to him as ‘Nish Patel’ 

Q: Which comedian was nominated for the ‘Best Newcomer’ award at the 38th Edinburgh comedy awards 2018?
A: Shazia Mirza
B: Ayesha Hazarika
C: Sindhu Vee (see picture collage above of acv Edfringe 2018)
D: Sajeela Kershi
E: Shappi Khorsandi
For an extra point give us the title of her show – Sandhog

Q: Which BBC series features the travails of a radio station and is set in Brentford, West London?
A: Still Open All Hours
B: The League of Gentlemen
C: Citizen Khan
D: People Just do Nothing
E: Only Fools and Horses

Q: Which comedian became a reluctant pub landlord recently?
A: Aziz Ansari
B: Vir Das
C: Paul Sinha
D: Al Murray
E: Romesh Ranganathan

Q: In which Television series, did the phrase ‘Kiss my Chuddies’ originate?
A: The Real McCoy
B: Goodness Gracious Me
C: The Comic Strip Presents
D: The Lenny Henry Show
E: Are You Being Served?


Q: In the Season 11 of the ‘Doctor Who’ series, what is the name of the doctor’s travelling companion played by Mandip Gill?
A: Yasmin Khan
B: Ayla Nazir
C: Afia Masood
D: Priya Kotecha
E: Alia Khan

Q: What role does actor, Anupam Kher play in the BBC drama, ‘Mrs. Wilson’?
A: A former husband
B: A spy handler
C: A footman
D: A doctor
E: A civil servant

Q: Who plays the ex-wife of DS Sunil ‘Sunny’ Khan in the ITV series Unforgotten?
A: Meera Syal
B: Shobu Kapoor (picture above of Nicola Walker and Sanjeev Bhasker as DC Sunny Khan in ‘Unforgotten’)
C: Indira Varma
D: Sasha Behar
E: Indra Ové

Q: Who presented the series, ‘A Passage to Britain’ as part of the Big British Asian Summer on BBC?
A: Yasmin Khan
B: Anita Rani
C: Mehreen Baig
D: Nadiya Hussain
E: Samira Ahmed

Q: Who presents the news on Channel 4 and also reports for the foreign affair series, ‘Unreported World’?
A: Nelufar Hedayat
B: Sahar Zand
C: Krishnan Guru-Murthy
D: Sarfraz Manzoor
E: Ranvir Singh


So how did you do, fellow #AsianCultureVulture? #acvquiz18

0-15 Really!
Subscribe to the ACV newsletter to brush up on your arts education and never be left out of the water cooler conversations
16 – 30 oh, no…!
You must hone up on your artistic credentials a bit more – make that a 2019 resolution!
31– 40 Not bad
You can definitely go around and pretend to be a culture vulture…
41 – 45 Well done!
Make this a specialist subject for 2019 and get on Mastermind!
46+ Congratulations!
You know your culture from your vulture and can hold your own in any artistic soirees. Do subscribe (if you haven’t already) and make sure you are on the invitation list for any of our events in 2019… Keep flying high with the bird!


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