My name is Antony Gonsalves. Do you know…

Today, May 25, is the death anniversary of Laxmikant of the Laxmikant-Pyarelal music composer duo. The two, of course, scored music for scores of movies, one of which is Manmohan Desai‘s Amar Akbar Antony (above) in which Amitabh Bachchan springs out of a easter egg and sings “My name is Antony Gonsalves.”

Question No. 1: In real life, who was Antony Gonsalves?

Question No. 2: And what is the origin of the line, “sophisticated rhetorician intoxicated by the exuberance of your own verbosity” which Kishore Kumar utters in the beginning?

The full line, for those interested, is: “Wait, wait, wait. You see, the whole country of the system is juxtaposition by the haemoglobin in the atmosphere because you are a sophisticated rhetorician intoxicated by the exuberance of your own verbosity…”