Trivia Thursday: Indian Cinema At World’s Biggest Stages

Trivia Thursday: Indian Cinema At World's Biggest Stages

Recently, India’s Netflix series Delhi Crime won the International Emmy for best drama series. Moreover, Malayalam film Jallikattu has become India’s official entry for Oscars. In this week’s Trivia Thursday, we bring you some interesting trivia around Indian cinema at some of the world’s most prestigious stages.

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  • 1937 – Sant Tukaram, directed by Vishnupant Govind Damle and Sheikh Fattelal won a special prize at the Venice Film Festival. It became the first film to get international recognition.
  • 1946Neecha Nagar, directed by Chetan Anand is the first and only Indian film to win Palme d’Or, which is the award for best film in Cannes Film Festival.
  • 1957 – Satyajit Ray’s directed Aparajito won the Golden Lion award for the best film at Venice Film Festival, becoming the first Indian film to do so. Mira Nair directed Monsoon Wedding won the same award in 2001.
  • 1963 – For her role in Saat Pake Bandha, Suchitra Sen won the Best Actress award at the Moscow Film Festival, becoming the first Indian actress to receive an international film award.
  • 1983 – Bhanu Athaiya was the first Indian to win an Oscar. She won the award for the Best Costume Design for the film ‘Gandhi’. 
  • 1988 – Caméra d’Or awardee, Salaam Bombay! becomes the second film after Mother India to be nominated for the Academy Awards for the best international feature film. Lagaan, in 2001, went on to become the 3rd Indian film to be nominated. Salaam Bombay! Is also among the list of “The Best 1,000 Movies Ever Made” by The New York Times.
  • 1992Satyajit Ray, director of films like Aparajito and Pather Panchali, was awarded an Oscar for Lifetime Achievement. The award was presented by another legendary actress, Audrey Hepburn.
  • 1992 – Plat drum is a World Music album which won a Grammy in 1992. It features Indian classical music maestros Zakir Hussain and T.H. “Vikku” Vinayakram.
  • 2009 – Along with AR Rahman and Gulzar, Tanvi Shah won a Grammy for her song Jai Ho, becoming the first Indian woman to win an Emmy. AR Rahman became the first Asian to win two Oscars in a single year. He won the award for his original score and the original song Jai Ho in Slumdog Millionaire. Gulzar, too, was awarded for providing the lyrics in Jai Ho.
  • 2015 – Rickey Keg and Wouter Kellerman’s Winds of Samsara won a Grammy Award for Best New Age Album.
  •  2016 – For her work in Quantico, Priyanka Chopra won the People’s Choice Award for Favourite Actress in a New TV Series. She was the first South Asian actress to win this prestigious award.
  • 2020Delhi Crime became the first Indian television show to win an International Emmy for best drama series.

Ravi Shankar has 5 Grammys to his name:

  • 1967: Best Chamber Music Performance – West Meets East (with Yehudi Menuhin)
  • 1973: Album of the Year – The Concert for Bangladesh (with George Harrison)
  • 2002: Best World Music Album – Full Circle: Carnegie Hall 2000
  • 2013: Best World Music Album – The Living Room Sessions Pt. 1
  • 2013: Lifetime Achievement Award

To read out previous week’s Trivia Thursday around No Shave November, click here.

Trivia Thursday: No Shave November

Trivia Thursday: No Shave November

We are back with another edition of Trivia Thursday. We will talk about the interesting facts related to No Shave November this time!

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What Is Movember?
Movember is an annual event involving the growing of moustaches during the month of November to raise awareness of men’s health issues, such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and men’s suicide.

Established as an NGO in 2003, Movember raised a great amount of funding for raising awareness for men’s health through donations and selling merchs. 

What Is NSN?

  • No Shave November (NSN) is an idea similar to movember but it is not limited to men or moustaches. The idea of NSN is to grow awareness by embracing our hair, which many cancer patients lose.
  • NSN encourages its participants to donate the money they typically spend on shaving and grooming to educate about cancer prevention, save lives, and aid those fighting the battle. 
  • An average person spends somewhere between $5-100 behind shaving, waxing and grooming in a month. 
  • The idea was turned into a charity in 2009 but till today, many people treat it as a social media trend without knowing its true meaning. 
  • Many brands like Pringles, KFC, Syska, etc. and celebrities over the years have endorsed No-Shave November or Movember.

Other Such Social Media Trends


  • This UK-based selfie challenge rose to prominence in 2014 for the cause of Cancer research. It dared women to go out without makeup and post pictures on Instagram.
  • It started out as an effort to raise money for cancer research but quickly turned into a phenomenon of self-expression and liberating many women from the notions of modern beauty ideals – high-profile activist celebrities, such as Gwyneth Paltrow and Beyoncé joined and as much as 8 million pounds were raised.

Trashtag Challenge

  • It is a challenge where people clean up a heavily littered area, posting before and after photos with the hashtag #trashtag
  • It rose to prominence in countries like US, Mexico, India and China as well as being replicated in other languages such as “#basurachallenge” for Spanish.

Icebucket Challenge

  • Started by Anthony Senerchia in 2014, this challenge raises awareness about amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) or Lou Gehrig’s disease and encourages donations to research.
  • Celebrities like Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, and Oprah Winfrey took part in this challenge and raised as much as $115 million for the cause.

Trivia Thursday: Facts Around US Presidents

Trivia Thursday: Facts Around US Presidents

We are back with another edition of Trivia Thursday. With the US Presidential Elections concluding recently, in this piece, we will look at some really interesting facts around US Presidents and Presidency.

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Here are some interesting trivia around US Presidents. Happy reading!

1. The famous Marvel comics character – Miles Morales, who becomes spiderman after the death of Peter Parker, is partially inspired by Barack Obama.

2. Tikrit, an Iraqi town, has a giant monument of a shoe in honor of the journalist who threw his footwear at George W. Bush in 2009.

3. Busshu-suru is a Japanese phrase which means “to do the bush thing”. The phrase was coined in 1992 when George H. W. Bush fainted after vomiting on former Japanese PM, Kiichi Miyazawa’s lap.

4. Teddy Bears were first made after taking inspiration from a cartoon made in 1902, in which the then president Theodore ‘Teddy’ Roosevelt, refused to hunt a tied bear. The cartoonist drew a cute bear to satirize the whole incident and as a result, Teddy bears became popular within children.

5. Liberia decided to name its capital city, Monrovia after the fifth president of the United States, James Monroe because of his prominent support for Liberia’s colonization.

6. When in the Navy, Richard Nixon had the best poker player in his unit teach him how to play the game. Within only a few months, Nixon had won around $6,000 in poker games, which he used to fund his first congressional campaign.

7. The Curse of Tippecanoe is the supposed pattern of deaths in office of presidents of the United States elected in years that are evenly divisible by 20, since the 1840 election.

Ronald Reagan (1980) and George W. Bush (2000) both survived their terms in office, despite an assassination attempt.