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Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Connect Kevin Bacon to Madhubala

The answer?

Kevin Bacon was in JFK (1991) with Martin Sheen
Martin Sheen was in Gandhi (1982) with Jalal Agha
Jalal Agha was in Mughal-E-Azam (1960) with Madhubala

People who have been avid watchers of the sitcom Mad About You, would be familiar with the Kevin Bacon game. Here's how it works. In an episode, Paul and Jamie play a game in which they try to link any actor in the word to Kevin Bacon in less than six steps. The episode is a funny one (like all Mad About You episodes), and actually ends with a cameo by Kevin Bacon.

Some folks at the University of Virginia Computer Science department took this game very seriously. They have written a program which links anyone in the IMDB database to Kevin Bacon in less than 6 steps. Even Madhubala!! Try it yourself -

The Oracle of Bacon

Now you may ask me. If someone writes a program to link anyone with Kevin Bacon, why not write a program to link anyone with anyone? Surely it can't be much extra work. Well, you are right. It isn't too much extra work.

Star Links

Go ahead, knock yourself crazy pitting the most unrelated actors against each other. You'll still find a link.

Here are a few improbable ones I tried -

Mallika Sherawat and James Dean

Mallika Sherawat was in Shen hua (2005) with Jackie (I) Chan
Jackie (I) Chan was in Cannonball Run II (1984) with Dean (I) Martin
Dean (I) Martin was in Sailor Beware (1952) with James (I) Dean

Rita Hayworth and Tusshar Kapoor

Rita Hayworth was in Salome (1953) with Sujata (I)
Sujata (I) was in Hamari Yaad Aayegi (1961) with Tanuja
Tanuja was in Khakee (2004) with Tusshar Kapoor

Lindsay Lohan and Bhagyashree

Lindsay Lohan was in Mean Girls (2004) with Jack (II) Newman
Jack (II) Newman was in Sam & Me (1991) with Kulbhushan Kharbanda
Kulbhushan Kharbanda was in Pinjar (2003) with Alok Nath
Alok Nath was in Maa Santoshi Maa (2003) with Bhagyashree

Cute, eh?

(Link Courtesy: George Thomas and his post wishing IMDB a Happy 15th Birthday)