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

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

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… ðŸ˜‰

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!


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…

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?

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
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.

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
D: Peter Singh
E: Shubam Saraf
For a bonus point name the director of this production

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
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


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
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
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

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
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

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
D: Sajeela Kershi
E: Shappi Khorsandi
For an extra point give us the title of her show

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
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

Answers will be published tomorrow (December 31) and find out whether you’ve met the grade as a true Asian Culture Vulture… ðŸ˜‰

Big thanks to Suman Bhuchar for all the research!

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