Shyam Ramsay of the Ramsay Brothers passed away in Mumbai on Wednesday. He was 67. The filmmaker was undergoing treatment at Criticare Hospital in Andheri.
Amit Ramsay confirmed news of his uncle’s demise. “With profound grief and sorrow, we inform you about the sad demise of Shyam Ramsay. He was suffering from pneumonia and passed away around 5 am this morning,” Amit told indianexpress.com.
Shyam Ramsay and his six brothers, together known as Ramsay Brothers in the Hindi film industry, started a mini cottage industry of small-budget horror films with scripts which wasted no time on non-essentials: the humans were just an excuse for the parade of colourful, crass otherworldly creatures.
Shyam helmed movies like Andhera (1975), Saboot (1980), Purana Mandir (1984), Purani Haveli (1989), Dhund: The Fog (2003), Koi Hai (2017) among others.
Shyam and Tulsi Ramsay pioneered the horror genre on Indian television too, giving us the first horror series – The Zee Horror Show which ran from 1993 to 2001.
Shyam is survived by daughters Sasha and Namrata. His brother Tulsi Ramsay passed away in December last year.