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Valentina Vitali

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780719099656

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719099656.001.0001

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The Hindi horror films of the Ramsay brothers

The Hindi horror films of the Ramsay brothers

(p.122) 4 The Hindi horror films of the Ramsay brothers
Capital and popular cinema

Valentina Vitali

Manchester University Press

This chapter offers the first academic account of one of Indian cinemas’ largest cult phenomena: the horror films of the Ramsay brothers. The Ramsay brothers were most prolific and popular between the late 1970s and the late 1980s, when India experienced the rise of Hindu fundamentalism. During this decade, as before, the Indian state sought to maintain strict control of the economy – a strategy which has historically enabled the film industry to function as a parallel (and not always legitimate) channel for the circulation of money. In this context, small, short-term speculative capital thrived, and the Ramsay brothers were one instance of it. The second part of the chapter examines the ways in which the Ramsay brothers’ horror films capitalised on ingredients that, while borrowed largely from the Hindu and Christian religions, staged new, secular and forward-looking dimensions of Indian subjectivity.

Keywords:   Tulsi / Shyam Ramsay, religion, female sexuality, subjectivity, frontality, syncretism, looking

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