Tulsi Ramsay, father of kitschy horror films, dies at 77

Tulsi Ramsay-directed films such as Hotel, Purana Mandir, Tahkhana, Veerana, Bandh Darwaza acquired a cult following; the Zee Horror Show TV series is still fresh in public memory

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Mumbai: Tulsi Ramsay, known for directing cult horror films like Veerana, Purani Haveli and Bandh Dawaza, passed away Friday. He was 77.

The filmmaker died in a city hospital here.

“He complained of chest pain and his son Deepak took him to Kokilaben Hospital. He was declared dead at the hospital. He passed away at about 2.30 AM,” a family member of Ramsay’s said.

For the longest time in Indian cinema, the Ramsay Brothers ruled the horror genre by making low budget cult movies, which were widely popular for a unique mix of horror and erotica.

Tulsi Ramsay also directed films like Do Gaz Zameen Ke Niche, Hotel, Purana Mandir and the popular 1990s TV series, Zee Horror Show.

The son of FU Ramsay and one of the famous seven Ramsay brothers, Tulsi Ramsay directed several movies in the Horror genre during the 1980s and 1990s.

The other six Ramsay brothers are Kumar Ramsay, Shyam Ramsay, Keshu Ramsay, Arjun Ramsay, Gangu Ramsay and Kiran Ramsay.

Movies such as Hotel, Purana Mandir, Tahkhana, Veerana, Bandh Darwaza acquired a cult following. Zee Horror Show TV series of 1993 is still fresh in public memory.

Tulsi Ramsay also ran a production company, Tulsi Ramsay Production located at Andheri in Mumbai. Ramsay died on 14 December 2018 in a city hospital in Mumbai after complaining of chest pains.