HOR­ROR’S FIRST FAM­ILY

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Suf­fer­ing from a huge set­back at the box-of­fice, movie pro­ducer F.U. Ram­say took a hard de­ci­sion to slash costs the next time around. That’s how he landed up in Kash­mir in the off-sea­son with his seven sons, and rented a house­boat to con­duct classes in film-mak­ing for his brood. Over three gru­elling months, he taught them ev­ery­thing he knew.

He’d left Mum­bai with his fam­ily; he re­turned with a highly trained film crew that went on to make In­dia’s first hor­ror film, Do Gaz Zameen Ke Neeche (1972).

In­dian films were never quite the same af­ter­wards, jour­nal­ist Shamya Das­gupta writes in Don’t Dis­turb

the Dead, a forth­com­ing book about the Ram­says, In­dia’s first fam­ily of hor­ror. While Hindi cin­ema had pre­vi­ously ven­tured into Gothic sus­pense with the likes of Ka­maal Am­rohi’s Ma­hal, Do Gaz... was some­thing new: a psy­cho­log­i­cal thriller and scream flick about a hus­band who re­turns from the dead to haunt his cheat­ing wife and her lover.

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