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Siddiqui M.S. Rahman (assistant dialogue writer)
Dr. Gurdeep (dialogue)
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Release Date:
19 October 1984 (India) See more »
After a rich young girl has suddenly known about a demon and it's terrible curse brought by her family for generations, she decides to go to her paternal village with her lover and his friend to find out the truth. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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One of the Best Films to come out of India See more (10 total) »


  (in credits order)
Mohnish Bahl ... Sanjay
Arti Gupta ... Suman R. Singh (as Aarti Gupta)
Puneet Issar ... Anand
Sadashiv Amrapurkar ... Durjan - Chowkidar
Anirudh Agarwal ... Samri (as Ajay Agarwal)
Sadhana Khote ... Mangli (as Sadhna Khote)
Satish Shah ... Sanga (the woodcutter)
Trilok Kapoor ... Raja Hariman Singh
Dr. Satish Chopra
Rajendra Nath ... Sardar Murdhar Singh (as Rajinder Nath)
Vishakha Chotu ... Rupali H. Singh (as Visakha)
Alka Noopur ... Bijli - Raka's sister
Binny Rai
Pradeep Kumar ... Thakur Ranvir Ajit Singh
Dheeraj Kumar ... Raka - Gypsy
Leena Das ... Cabaret Dancer / Singer
Ashalata Wabgaonkar ... Damyanti - Ranvir's sister (as Ashalata)
Lalita Pawar ... Basanti
Jagdeep ... Daku Machhar Singh
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Priti Sapru Walia ... Sapna - Anand's Wife (as Priti Sapru)

Directed by
Shyam Ramsay 
Tulsi Ramsay 
Writing credits
Siddiqui M.S. Rahman (assistant dialogue writer)

Dr. Gurdeep (dialogue) (as Dr. Gurudeep)

J.K. Ahuja (story)

Kumar Ramsay (screenplay)

Produced by
Kanta Ramsay .... producer
Original Music by
Ajit Singh 
Cinematography by
Gangu Ramsay (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Shyam Ramsay 
Production Design by
Tulsi Ramsay 
Makeup Department
Ashok Gavas .... makeup artist (as Ashok Gawas)
Pijus Kanti Roy .... makeup artist
Srinivasa Roy .... makeup artist (as Srinivas Roy)
Ganesh N. Shelar .... makeup artist (as Ganesh Shelar)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Collin Albuquerque .... chief assistant director (as Collien Albuqerque)
Arjun Ramsay .... associate director
Surendra Verma .... assistant director (as Surinder Verma)
Sound Department
Kiran Ramsay .... sound
Navin Shah .... sound assistant
Kuldip Sood .... sound re-recordist
Yusuf .... sound assistant
Special Effects by
Baldev Malik .... special effects
Krishan Malik .... special effects
Gulab Rao .... fights
Camera and Electrical Department
Vijay More .... assistant camera
Hemant Sharma .... chief assistant camera
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sayyed .... dressman (as Sayed)
Mukesh D. Upadhyaya .... dressman (as Mukesh)
Editorial Department
A.R. Bhate .... color consultant (as Bhate)
Gupta .... assistant editor
Vijay Prabhu .... assistant editor
Music Department
Asha Bhosle .... playback singer
Mahendra Kapoor .... playback singer (as Mahindra Kapoor)
Shiv Mathur .... music assistant
Ajit Singh .... playback singer
Uttam Singh .... music assistant
Alka Yagnik .... playback singer
Other crew
Manohar Aghicha .... presenter (as Manohar Agicha)
Ramchand Agicha .... production controller
Ramesh Agicha .... production controller
Ravindra V. Chougule .... accountant (as R.V. Choughule)
Kiran Kumar .... choreographer
Ravi .... publicity designer

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Old Temple" - India (English title)
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144 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.44 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
India:A | USA:Unrated (DVD rating)

Did You Know?

Purana Mandir proved to be a stupendous hit across India and led to multiple movies offering the similar formula and roster. The haunting theme from the movie was used within several other subsequent Ramsay releases such as Tahkhana, Dak Bangla, Veerana etc. Samri became a household name and resulted in an unrelated, nevertheless Ramsay produced release, Saamri 3D. Purana Mandir was a path breaking film in the horror genre of Indian films.See more »
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14 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
One of the Best Films to come out of India, 12 April 2006
Author: Monster-17 from United Kingdom

I remember my parents renting this from our local Hindi video library in the 1980s. I remember seeing the poster in the shop window and Saamri's grotesque face staring lustfully at Arti Gupta's body. We used to love this movie when we were kids because it was really scary. I hear it was a tremendous hit and people in Bombay were crazy for it. The Ramsay Bros. are fantastic filmmakers and know exactly which buttons to push in order to get the right response from the audience. More than this, they had really fantastic stories that were based on old Indian myths and superstitions and delivered them with plenty of style and energy. Much like the Hammer Horror films of Britain, the Ramsay Bros. had a visual aesthetic that was uniquely their own and has never been replicated. It's a shame that they no longer make movies and have chosen instead to concentrate on India's burgeoning television market. At a time when I really couldn't hack watching glossy Bollywood musicals or listening to soppy Hindi love songs, the Ramsay Bros. movies were about the only thing we could watch collectively and really enjoy. 'Purana Mandir' is a perfect example of good Hindi commercial movie-making and deserves to be hailed as a Horror classic.

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