Merchants of fear

Print edition : August 04, 2017

“Purana Mandir” managed to get more than a toehold in cinemas in the face of the Amitabh Bachchan storm, and the Ramsays followed it up with “Veerana”, one of their biggest successes, and “Purani Haveli”.

“Purana Mandir” managed to get more than a toehold in cinemas in the face of the Amitabh Bachchan storm, and the Ramsays followed it up with “Veerana”, one of their biggest successes, and “Purani Haveli”.

“Purana Mandir” managed to get more than a toehold in cinemas in the face of the Amitabh Bachchan storm, and the Ramsays followed it up with “Veerana”, one of their biggest successes, and “Purani Haveli”.

The Ramsays came out with the horror film “Do Gaz Zameen Ke Neeche” in 1972 when most Hindi cinemagoers did not know that such a genre existed.

Much thought went into these seemingly mindless movies of ghosts, overfed girls in skimpy clothes, dark, thunderous nights, and so on.

The journalist Shamya Dasgupta has ably put together the story of the Ramsay brothers, a family united in spirit and in business and that does not take horror lightly.
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