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Purana Mandir (1984)

Unrated | | Comedy, Drama, Horror | 19 October 1984 (India)
After a rich young girl learns 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.


Siddiqui M.S. Rahman (assistant dialogue writer), Dr. Gurdeep (dialogue) (as Dr. Gurudeep) | 2 more credits »




Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Dr. Satish Chopra
Rajendranath Malhotra ... Sardar Murdhar Singh (as Rajinder Nath)
Vishakha Chotu Vishakha Chotu ... Rupali H. Singh (as Visakha)
Alka Noopur Alka Noopur ... Bijli - Raka's sister
Binny Rai Binny Rai
Pradeep Kumar ... Thakur Ranvir Ajit Singh
Dheeraj Kumar ... Raka - Gypsy


Suman lives a wealthy lifestyle along with her widower dad, Thakur Ranvir Singh, and an unmarried aunt, Damyanti, in a palatial house in Bombay. They are direct descendants of Raja Hariman Singh of Bijapur. When Ranvir finds out that Suman is in love with a middle-class male, Sanjay, he expresses displeasure and forbids her to ever see him again. When she persists, he tells her that there is a curse on the entire family, a curse that was inflicted 200 years ago by a blood-thirsty, flesh-eating demon named Samri. This curse impacts only women in their family, who are hideously transformed after giving birth to their firstborn, and die a painful death. Treating this as mere superstitious, Suman and Sanjay, along with Sanjay's friend, Anand, and Anand's wife, Sapna, set out to Bijapur to unearth and put an end to this rumor, not knowing that soon they will resurrect a virtually indestructible Samri, who is out to kill the remainder of the Singh family before wreaking havoc on the region ... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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For 200 years his decapitated body laid in rest until greed brought him back.


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Did You Know?


Mohnish Behl bashed the film after it released. He called it a "B "grade film and that he gained nothing from its success. See more »


When Samari is beheaded his head is covered by a black cloth. Later when the head is picked up from ground and put in box, the black cloth is missing. See more »


Anand: Let me go, let me go, I am full of rage to murder someone.
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Followed by 3D Saamri (1985) See more »


Woh Beetey Din Yaad Hain
Performed by Ajit Singh
Lyrics by Amit Khanna, Geetanjali Singh, Asha Rani
Music by Ajit Singh
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Before there was Raaz, there was Purana Mandir...
31 August 2006 | by praks99See all my reviews

Purana Mandir is without any doubt one of the greatest, if not the greatest, Bollywood horror movie ever made. Directed by the famous Ramsay Brothers, it has a powerful story that grips your attention right from the start, and never let's go.

The story concerns a demonic curse bestowed on a royal family, which forbids its daughter (Aarti Gupta) from marrying. However, she falls for Monish Behl. Before they can marry, they visit, with two friends, the old palace and the nearby temple where, hundred of years ago, an extremely macabre event had taken place...

Much of the credit for the huge success of this masterpiece has to go to the perfect musical score provided by relatively unknown music director Ajit Singh. The music is essential in making this movie genuinely frightening at times. Monish Behl and Aarti Gupta both give very sincere performances, Ajay Agarwal has a very strong screen presence as Samri, and it is a pleasure to also see veteran actor Pradeep Kumar.

The DVD recently released by Mondo Macabro (part of a 2-disc release including also Badh Darwaza) is the best this movie has looked for years. Unfortunately, it is presented in 4:3 aspect ratio, but this is how the movie was originally made.

I would rate this movie right up there with Raaz as the best Bollywood has given its audience in terms of horror.

And, oh, did I forget to say that Purana Mandir also has the most beautiful and haunting love song ever to grace the Indian silver screen, sung by no other than...Ajit Singh himself.

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19 October 1984 (India) See more »

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K.R. Enterprises See more »
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1.44 : 1
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