The Ramsay Brothers’ Influence on Bollywood’s Horror Genre

Mumbai, April 7 (IANS) Gangu Ramsay, the iconic cinematographer, filmmaker, and producer of the Ramsay Brothers, passed away at the age of 83. Ramsay Brothers, known for their horror films like ‘Veerana’ and ‘Purana Mandir’, were instrumental in shaping the horror genre in India.

The Ramsay Brothers banner was founded by Fatehchand U. Ramsay, with Gangu Ramsay being his second-eldest son. The family entered showbiz after struggling to make ends meet post-partition. F.U. Ramsay’s leap into producing films like ‘Ek Nanhi Munni Ladki Thi’ marked the beginning of horror genre in India.

The Ramsay Brothers cracked the code of making profitable horror movies on shoestring budgets with ‘Do Gaz Zameen Ke Neeche’. By handling various production departments themselves, the family minimized costs and created a new wave in Indian cinema. Their innovative approach and unique storytelling set them apart.

F.U. Ramsay’s sons, including Gangu Ramsay, brought creative make-up and camera tricks to their films, revolutionizing the horror genre. The Ramsay Brothers’ impact on Indian cinema was profound, particularly during the tough times of the 1980s Bollywood era. Their legacy and contribution will always be remembered in the history of Indian cinema.


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