Phir Se Ram­say

India Today - - LEISURE -

Saasha Ram­say, the daugh­ter of hor­ror film spe­cial­ist Shyam Ram­say, is charged with con­tin­u­ing her fam­ily’s legacy. In Phir Se

Ram­say, a se­ries of shorts avail­able on the youth-fo­cused YouTube chan­nel 101, she brings the screams, the flick­er­ing lights—and some gore too. The re­sult, sadly, is not all that fright­en­ing. On the other hand, what the ba­nal works most cer­tainly do show­case is that Saasha has in­her­ited her fam­ily’s pen­chant for camp.

“Thoda skin show karna padta hai (one needs to have a lit­tle sex ap­peal),” says Shyam Ram­say in one of the rare watch­able in­tro­duc­tory shorts, where the co-di­rec­tor of cult hor­ror films like Pu­rana Mandir and Pu­rani Haveli shares his thought process. “Re­lax­ation ke liye hum fil­mon mein daalte hain (we put in sex ap­peal be­cause it helps peo­ple re­lax).”

For her part, Saasha Ram­say says that the se­ries is her at­tempt to re­vive the 1980s era and the genre. Un­for­tu­nately, there’s lit­tle ingenuity on dis­play here. In­stead, view­ers are treated to fa­mil­iar tropes: aban­doned vil­las (havelis are passé) in iso­lated set­tings, the dead ris­ing from their graves, skin-show and of course, the se­duc­tive chu­dail (a.k.a. the witch).

That said, brush­ing aside the Ram­say legacy would also be a dis­ser­vice. The Ram­say films came at a time when In­dian movie­go­ers didn’t have easy ac­cess to Hol­ly­wood and world cin­ema. These days, with por­tals like Net­flix and HotS­tar of­fer­ing plenty of Hol­ly­wood and in­de­pen­dent hor­ror films, Ram­say’s five shorts fall short on both thrill and chill. Bet­ter view­ing would be In­dia’s Scari­est Man Rises From The

Grave, a short doc­u­men­tary on Anirud­dha Agar­wal, the ac­tor who played Saamri (and other mon­sters) in many of Ram­say’s films.

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