Shyam Ramsay of Ramsay ‘Brother’ fame dies in a private Hospital of Mumbai

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Madhurima Dey

Shyam Ramsay, one among the famous seven Ramsay Brothers popular for known horror films like “Puraani Haveli” and “Tahkhaana”, took his last breath in a private hospital of Mumbai on Wednesday, as per as his family reports. He was 67 at the time of his demise.

Shyam Ramsay died from severe pneumonia.

“He was hospitalised two-three days ago as he was not feeling well. He passed away in the hospital due to pneumonia at around 5 am today,” a relative informed the PTI.

The beginning of their horror kingdom established by the group of these brothers can be credited to a humble radio shop located in Karachi of undivided India.

The shop’s owner, Fatehchand U Ramsinghani, had shifted his shop to Mumbai following the Partition of India and eventually decided to start a profitable business of film productions.

It was Mr Ramsinghani who actually adopted the surname Ramsay and created movies such as “Shaheed-E-Azam Bhagat Singh” (1954) and “Rustom Sohrab” (1963), which cast screen legends such as Prithviraj Kapoor and Suraiya.

The films created wonders at the box office and gradually Mr Ramsinghani brought all seven sons of his — Kumar, Tulsi, Shyam, Keshu, Kiran, Ganguly and Arjun — into this business of filmmaking one by one and the phenomenon of Ramsay Brothers were initiated.

Slowly the Ramsay Brothers were associated with the horror movie genre and successfully pulled off a string of few popular B-grade movies in the 1970s and 1980s decade. Films featuring vampires, zombies, werewolves, dead bodies, witches, reanimated corpses and of course snowmen were the things to watch out for in their movies.

The films became very popular among youths and children of those days because of the unusual combination of horror with erotica.

But it was Shyam Ramsay, was thought to be the actual brain behind all these projects. He himself directed few films for his production house such as “Darwaza”, “Purana Mandir” and “Veerana”.

At the end of the golden era of the ’80s, he began shifting his focus towards television programs and the coming up of numerous private channels boosted his new venture.

He made this country’s first horror TV series “The Zee Horror Show” which worked wonders in terms of TRP and become a hit.

He also directed a few episodes of new-age TV serials like “Saturday Suspense”, “X Zone” and “Nagin”.

Shyam Ramsay once again came back to the silver screen in the year of 2000 by producing the movie, “Dhund: The Fog”, but this film took three years to get released.

He also made a few other B-grade movies like “Ghutan” (2007), a not so popular comedy horror, “Bachao” (2010) and “Neighbours” (2014) which was his last hit.

After his death, Shyam Ramsay will be survived by his two daughters named Sasha and Namrata.