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Lights! Camera! Trivia! What was the name of the film they were shooting in Rangeela? What was the Amul hoarding when Shahenshah released? Who has the longestwinning streak in Filmfare awards? Did Johnny Walker get his name from the whiskey or was it the other way round? Who will star in Bajirao Mastani when it finally gets made?If Bollywood questions keep you awake at nig Lights! Camera! Trivia! What was the name of the film they were shooting in Rangeela? What was the Amul hoarding when Shahenshah released? Who has the longestwinning streak in Filmfare awards? Did Johnny Walker get his name from the whiskey or was it the other way round? Who will star in Bajirao Mastani when it finally gets made?If Bollywood questions keep you awake at nights, this is the book you want to read. Packed with 50 lists and 500+ entries, it is a multiplex of pointless Bollywood gyaan. Separated in eight logicless sections and with out a contents page (or index), it is a book for dipping into and zipping through. Remember your favourite Bollywood film fast, actionpacked, mad, packed with colourful characters and a little bit of everything? Well, they made this book out of it. About the AuthorDiptakirti Chaudhuri has been a salesman for more than twelve years now having sold soaps, soft drinks, oils and newspapers all over India. His obsessive love for movies is a hereditary disease, which was nurtured during his engineering and MBA college days. When not watching or reading about mov ies, he writes about them on his blog, Calcutta Chro mosome (http://diptakirti.blogspot.com) or discusses them on Twitter (@diptakirti).He has published a book for children on the 2011 cricket World Cup. This is his second book.He lives in Gurgaon with his wife, a son and a daughter. None of them shares his obsessive love for the movies. Yet.


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Lights! Camera! Trivia! What was the name of the film they were shooting in Rangeela? What was the Amul hoarding when Shahenshah released? Who has the longestwinning streak in Filmfare awards? Did Johnny Walker get his name from the whiskey or was it the other way round? Who will star in Bajirao Mastani when it finally gets made?If Bollywood questions keep you awake at nig Lights! Camera! Trivia! What was the name of the film they were shooting in Rangeela? What was the Amul hoarding when Shahenshah released? Who has the longestwinning streak in Filmfare awards? Did Johnny Walker get his name from the whiskey or was it the other way round? Who will star in Bajirao Mastani when it finally gets made?If Bollywood questions keep you awake at nights, this is the book you want to read. Packed with 50 lists and 500+ entries, it is a multiplex of pointless Bollywood gyaan. Separated in eight logicless sections and with out a contents page (or index), it is a book for dipping into and zipping through. Remember your favourite Bollywood film fast, actionpacked, mad, packed with colourful characters and a little bit of everything? Well, they made this book out of it. About the AuthorDiptakirti Chaudhuri has been a salesman for more than twelve years now having sold soaps, soft drinks, oils and newspapers all over India. His obsessive love for movies is a hereditary disease, which was nurtured during his engineering and MBA college days. When not watching or reading about mov ies, he writes about them on his blog, Calcutta Chro mosome (http://diptakirti.blogspot.com) or discusses them on Twitter (@diptakirti).He has published a book for children on the 2011 cricket World Cup. This is his second book.He lives in Gurgaon with his wife, a son and a daughter. None of them shares his obsessive love for the movies. Yet.

30 review for Kitnay Aadmi Thay : Completely Useless Bollywood Trivia

  1. 4 out of 5

    Locomente

    Indian movies have gone through a metamorphosis. Some movies have been cult enough that they are remembered even today. Some have been such a disaster that people try to forget on the very day of release. Some filmmakers have been trend setters and some have been trend breakers. Some actors created a niche of their own while others were happy following the crowd. Some were bold and some were not. Some were critically acclaimed and some were the King of box office. Some were never tiered of failu Indian movies have gone through a metamorphosis. Some movies have been cult enough that they are remembered even today. Some have been such a disaster that people try to forget on the very day of release. Some filmmakers have been trend setters and some have been trend breakers. Some actors created a niche of their own while others were happy following the crowd. Some were bold and some were not. Some were critically acclaimed and some were the King of box office. Some were never tiered of failure and rose against all the odds; while some tried hard but never succeeded. Some were backed by family names and some came like a storm from nowhere and reined the film Dynasty and the box office. Some star kids shone and some never returned from the dark. Some songs made us hum and some made us dance. Some songs brought tears and some made us happy. Some songs became anthems and some became exceptional. Some singers gave soul to the song and some bagged sacks of awards. Some characters in the movies were so real like you and me and some were too dramatic and out of the World. Some heroines looked like Goddess while dancing in a clingy sari and some heroes fought like a warrior. Some cine ma never stood against the wishes of their children and some went against them if they were the wrong doers. Some filmy fathers were dead from the opening of the film and some were killed eventually. Some were identical twins and some shared sibling relationships with animals. Some sisters were always harassed by the villain and some were always the iris of their big brothers. Some villains were always menacing and some were silent killers. Well… If you want to know who were those and which movies I am talking about… then you have to pick the book titled “Kitnay aadmi thay” by Diptakirti Chaudhuri. The books exceptionally talks about Bollywood films and its journey. The author has put lots of research and has narrated his findings in a very interesting way. While most of the points he has mentioned is the obvious, it brings a smile of recognition. At times it turns us nostalgic. I liked the way in which the contents are arranged. It is arranged like a movie per se from the titles to credits. I especially loved the footnotes. It fills the hunger of a movie buff. It fills his appetite of knowing more and everything. The author’s insanity when it comes to bollywood can be easily smelt as he details about the association of Amul butter with Bollywoood. He has put loads of research into it. I genuinely wish that the author also acknowledged the magnanimous non-bollywood stars too. The author indeed mentioned those actors who tried hard to create waves in the north and failed utterly. But, I wish that he threw light all others too. Hey! Aamir Khan had eight packs in Gajini and not six packs. The author has mentioned that twice. It is an apparent misstatement and I wish that the author was more careful. And the author talked about Aamir Khan extensively. But, he did not mention about the other two Khans. So much was mentioned about Amitab Bhachan; but, nothing much about other stars of golden age. Well, it is a small book with about 300 pages. We cannot expect much either. Bollywood is an ocean in itself. There is a story behind every story, actors and technicians. Some stories have Bollywood style of endings – happy endings – and some don’t. What I liked about the book is its genuineness. It is simple and straight from the never shutting mouth of a movie buff. It is more like a proud Bollywood follower’s ramblings than a trivia. If you are an ardent follower yourself, like I am, I bet that you won’t regret for grabbing the book. And, if you are not a movie buff, better get hold of this book and be a part of the great Indian Cinema. To edit is crisp, it is a straight from heart attempt by the debutant author. It is gripping from the titles to the credits. There are songs… drama… comedy… action… sentiments… dancing heroines… acting heroines…. Action heroes… Passion heroes… and what not!! Go for the book… Feel nostalgic… feel proud as you read something that you have already noticed. And… tap your head as you realize that you failed to notice the apparent!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Pallavi Kamat

    I have been an avid and a long-time reader of Diptakirti Chaudhuri's blog. Though I do not share his love for food or sports, I do love reading about his obsession with Bollywood. One has only to go through some random entries on his blog to realize it. Thus, it comes as no surprise that the man actually chose to write a book on it! The first thing that strikes you about Kitnay Aadmi Thay (KAT) is that it has no contents section in the front and no index in the back. It is a completely random boo I have been an avid and a long-time reader of Diptakirti Chaudhuri's blog. Though I do not share his love for food or sports, I do love reading about his obsession with Bollywood. One has only to go through some random entries on his blog to realize it. Thus, it comes as no surprise that the man actually chose to write a book on it! The first thing that strikes you about Kitnay Aadmi Thay (KAT) is that it has no contents section in the front and no index in the back. It is a completely random book that the reader is supposed to read as s/he wishes - jumping from one list to the other. The book is a collection of several random lists which make for interesting reading. To whet your appetite, some of the lists include: Song Names which Became Movies, Top Brother-Sister Pairs, Roles which went beyond the Movies, Movies which Inspired Other Movies, etc. I am only half-way through the book but believe me when I say that the book is unputdownable. I was reading it at breakfast this morning and almost got late for work on a Monday morning!!! Dipta's obsession with certain Bollywood celebrities for e.g. Big B, RDB, Madhuri, etc. is quite apparent throughout the book. Sholay, which the author mentions as The Greatest Movie Ever Made, also appears in quite a few lists. As does a personal favourite of mine - Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron!!! The book is peppered with a healthy dose of humour in Dipta's inimitable writing style. Sample this: Speaking about Kal Ho Naa Ho, the author says that when your doctor Sonali Bendre leaves you to marry Sanjay Kapoor, you should commit suicide if you do not die of an illness :) I am sure the book will be a great gift for those who have impromptu quizzes on Bollywood or for those who want to know every minute detail about the movies (like me - what book was Sharmila reading in Mere Sapnon Ki Rani? what was Amol Palekar's qualification in Golmaal? why did the kid Anjali's parents name her Anjali in Kuch Kuch Hota Hain? :)) I have bought 5 copies of the book to gift my family and friends. I have loved the book so far and I hope they do too! The only thing left for Dipta to do now is come out with a second book listing all the things which he mentions in KAT would require a separate book :) This review has been published on www.homeshop18.com.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Shekhar Ruparelia

    Remember the excitement of an Amitabh Bachchan film from the 70s-80s? The adrenalin rush as 'Vijay' would take on the bad guys single-handedly? How he would have a rags to riches story just waiting to be told? Reading this book will give you that same thrill. The book is filled with Bollywood trivia and lists that you will love to read. They allow you to revisit the Hindi film industry from its golden period right down to the present day. A perfectly entertaining book, this is a book Manmohan Desa Remember the excitement of an Amitabh Bachchan film from the 70s-80s? The adrenalin rush as 'Vijay' would take on the bad guys single-handedly? How he would have a rags to riches story just waiting to be told? Reading this book will give you that same thrill. The book is filled with Bollywood trivia and lists that you will love to read. They allow you to revisit the Hindi film industry from its golden period right down to the present day. A perfectly entertaining book, this is a book Manmohan Desai would've been proud of.

  4. 5 out of 5

    carlageek

    Lots of fun, full of great conversation starters. I must have added a dozen films to my "I want to see that!" list while perusing this book. I read it beginning to end which was enjoyable, but the book would also be fun to just keep on a nightstand and open to a random place. Lots of fun, full of great conversation starters. I must have added a dozen films to my "I want to see that!" list while perusing this book. I read it beginning to end which was enjoyable, but the book would also be fun to just keep on a nightstand and open to a random place.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Uttara Srinivasan

    Super fun for those who have an unhealthy obsession with Bollywood. For everyone else, there's... Well go check the Goodreads listings :) Super fun for those who have an unhealthy obsession with Bollywood. For everyone else, there's... Well go check the Goodreads listings :)

  6. 4 out of 5

    Hitesh Acharya

    Offers a lot of bollywood trivia, but little of anything else Personally would have preferred lesser, but more detailed, anecdotes. Currently feels like a collection of anecdotes and stories found on blogs. 90% are ones which every Bollywood enthusiast knows.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Amit Gupta

    Kitnay Aadmi thay is like a wet dream for any Bollywood movies trivia collector. It has little structure and even lesser logic, but that’s all the more reason why it is so much fun in the first place – just like our own Hindi movies. Of course, the book is not for every literature lover but then when you can guess a Bollywood fan taste. So the narrative pretty much takes you through the last 60 odd years of movies, filling with nuggets which are hard to ignore or resist. What was the name of the Kitnay Aadmi thay is like a wet dream for any Bollywood movies trivia collector. It has little structure and even lesser logic, but that’s all the more reason why it is so much fun in the first place – just like our own Hindi movies. Of course, the book is not for every literature lover but then when you can guess a Bollywood fan taste. So the narrative pretty much takes you through the last 60 odd years of movies, filling with nuggets which are hard to ignore or resist. What was the name of the film they were shooting in Rangeela? What was the Amul hoarding when Shahenshah released? Who has the longest-winning streak in Filmfare awards? Did Johnny Walker get his name from the whiskey or was it the other way round? Who will star in Bajirao Mastani when it finally gets made? The book gives factual, entirely useless and mostly unknown information of Bollywood. Most of this information will be not new for hard core movie buffs, but when compiled in a chapter form with examples thrown in from over 60 years of watching movies, it is unbridled joy. Lists like Shortest and longest names of movies, movies within movies, favourite or most famous filmi pets are weird, yet reconfirms the fact why we love watching movies in the first place - to have fun. To garner interest. To live again. There are sections for the portrayal of Parsis, Punjabis, the South Indians and the Bengalis in Bollywood movies which i immensely enjoyed in the book. There is another section for regional actors who made in big in Bollywood, and those that didn’t, followed by the lists of actors who came up on their own without filmi-backgrounds and then there are star kids who made it big and those that didn’t. You can read about the influence of a myriad of fields on Bollywood in another section and that's when you start feeling the method in the madness of this book. You will still come across situations where you'll feel some of the lists are incomplete and that's my only concern.Having read the book, the only question which remains unsolved is how to keep the book updated in the future editions. The author does not intend to do so and insist that the readers themselves will keep adding to it. It may be a novel idea to keep the readers interested but in my view it needs to be in sync with times. That's probably the only way out to keep the book fresh and in mind of readers. I am going with 3.5/5 for Diptakirti Chaudhari's 'Kitnay Aadmi Thay'. Read it to enjoy the fun, mad ride of Bollywood. There is a studious feel to the whole book but if you are a big Bollywood fan like me, it is highly unlikely you will be bored for a minute. As they say, let the picture begin!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Divakar

    Amusing book filled with all kinds of Bollywood trivia (for e.g.: How many movies did Amitabh Bachchan enact the role of a Sardarji?). Bollywood along with Cricket is an integral part of our lives (much as we hate to admit it) and this book (pretty similar to the Book of Lists) is filled with unusual trivia on Bollywood. Interesting / amusing / junk data to tickle our funny bone....thru this also discovered an interesting blog writer..Diptakirti Choudhari (calcuttachromosome is the blog/website) Amusing book filled with all kinds of Bollywood trivia (for e.g.: How many movies did Amitabh Bachchan enact the role of a Sardarji?). Bollywood along with Cricket is an integral part of our lives (much as we hate to admit it) and this book (pretty similar to the Book of Lists) is filled with unusual trivia on Bollywood. Interesting / amusing / junk data to tickle our funny bone....thru this also discovered an interesting blog writer..Diptakirti Choudhari (calcuttachromosome is the blog/website) who seems to be having a lot of fun writing about cricket and Bollywood. I made the mistake of reading it in one go on a long flight...don't do that. Buy it...read it leisurely over a couple of weeks...so that the useless trivia sinks in well...and you remember most of the funny anecdotes / lists and can show off in the next cocktail do...imagine in a boring company party ( are any company parties interesting?), go up to one of your boring colleagues and suddenly ask him "Who else was considered for Gabbar Singh's role....and why did he reject it"....it will stump the other guy and also provide you the much needed entertainment.( if you want the answer for the above two profound questions...buy the book and read it !) If you are the high brow type ( who only discusses Fellini / Coppola and Goddard because it goes with your image - or the image you want to cultivate), read the book still but don't tell anyone that you read the book and still spew the wisdom from it...and if you are a name dropper...tell them that Amitabh Bachchan personally told you how many times he acted as a Surd or Ramesh Sippy who is your drinking buddy told you who else was considered for Gabbar Singh's role... Thoroughly enjoyable book....improves your Bollywood IQ (mostly useless) by leaps and bounds. PS: This is an unpaid review. I don't know the author ( but would love to know him !) and have heard of him first time when I saw the book in the airport last Friday and bought it.....and one last question from the book : Name at least 5 movies where Parsi characters were the protagonists?

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sonali Ekka

    Watch a lot of movies, and then write a book out of it. Simple yet effective way to make money out of two "hobbies" which otherwise don't pay much. I started reading this book thinking that it's mindless trivia, like they do for cricket, all stats and no fun. But I was wrong. I just loved the way the author has collated stuff which would otherwise be ignored. Some are obvious, but some are so interesting, I actually watched a couple of old movies after reading about them! And I must've watched s Watch a lot of movies, and then write a book out of it. Simple yet effective way to make money out of two "hobbies" which otherwise don't pay much. I started reading this book thinking that it's mindless trivia, like they do for cricket, all stats and no fun. But I was wrong. I just loved the way the author has collated stuff which would otherwise be ignored. Some are obvious, but some are so interesting, I actually watched a couple of old movies after reading about them! And I must've watched several songs on youtube after their special mention in this book. I'm sure, everyone who's read this book must have done that, besides asking questions to friends of course. But all that trivia would have been meaningless, if not for the language of the book. It's funny, witty and tongue-in-cheek. This is one of those books one should keep as a collection, especially if loves Hindi movies.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Harshit Gupta

    an interesting book, for sure. Diptakirti has tried to fill in a lot of information without being boring, and has succeeded to a very good extent. must read for Bollywood buffs, including anyone who seems to know more than the author even, as this book would give you an idea of what you can write. because I'm pretty sure it's the first book of a series that is about to begin after the success of this book. they'll not all be as good, but they'll all be inspired from you, and keep you in high reg an interesting book, for sure. Diptakirti has tried to fill in a lot of information without being boring, and has succeeded to a very good extent. must read for Bollywood buffs, including anyone who seems to know more than the author even, as this book would give you an idea of what you can write. because I'm pretty sure it's the first book of a series that is about to begin after the success of this book. they'll not all be as good, but they'll all be inspired from you, and keep you in high regard. so thanks for the beginning, Diptakirti Chaudhuri. Grudge: I bought a kindle edition of the book and am reading the notes at the end without any numbers on which is from where. I can remember the connects for a few but not all. any help?

  11. 5 out of 5

    Amit Tyagi

    Didn't excite me as much as I expected a Trivia book to. Too structured for a Trivia book. Didn't excite me as much as I expected a Trivia book to. Too structured for a Trivia book.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Dhaval Faria

    Found this book quite humorous and very well written. Writer really knows Bollywood in and out. I felt few things left out but its Ocean out there.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Rudrojit

    Hilariously irreverent, Diptakirti has penned a page turner.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Vinay

    Facts around Guru Dutt, Nargis or even a record that doesn't belong to Mohd Rafi, this book has it all. Definitely recommended for a Bollywood buff. Facts around Guru Dutt, Nargis or even a record that doesn't belong to Mohd Rafi, this book has it all. Definitely recommended for a Bollywood buff.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Someswar Panda

    Quite entertaining for film buffs. Not to be read at a stretch though. Overall a good read.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Hiren

  17. 4 out of 5

    rêveur d'art

  18. 5 out of 5

    Vijay

  19. 4 out of 5

    sameira

  20. 5 out of 5

    Rahul

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lutalica

  22. 4 out of 5

    Abhishek Mishra

  23. 5 out of 5

    Aditi

  24. 5 out of 5

    THE CAPTAIN

  25. 5 out of 5

    gramakri

  26. 4 out of 5

    Srinjoy Ganguly

  27. 4 out of 5

    Beth

  28. 5 out of 5

    Anita Govind Bhatia

  29. 4 out of 5

    Varun

  30. 5 out of 5

    Weepli

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