Purana Mandir (1984) Hindi Horror Movie Review

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8 / 10 stars

Purana Mandir is a 1984 bollywood horror movie produced & directed by the Ramsay Brothers. Purana Mandir was a huge box office grosser for the Ramsays which set the cash registers ringing.

Purana Mandir is about a rapist, child killer, corpse eater called Saamri who has been terrorizing people of Bijapur. Saamri curses the royal family while he was about to be beheaded for his sins.
Ajay Agarwal(Anirudh Agarwal) who plays Saamri has done an amazing job. His expressions, body language, gait are appreciable and has played the perfect monster.
Aarti gupta is the scream queen of this movie and does a good job.

Weird camera angles and the foggy atmosphere elevate the mood of the movie along with the signature Ramsay background music.
The locations of the movie are good which make us feel it is a lonely countryside where all the weird things keep happening.

Purana Mandir Movie Screenshot

Purana Mandir Old Cursed Mansion
King Hariman Singh's  Purani Haveli
Purana Mandir Movie Inside Haveli

Music and background score of Purana Mandir is composed by Ajit singh. Background music is a plus for Purana Mandir. Some of the songs are good especially 'Woh Beete Din Yaad Hain' sang by Ajit Singh himself.

Purana Mandir Mohnish & Aarti Gupta at Beach
Mohnish Bahl & Aarti Gupta in 'Woh Beete Din Yaad Hain' Song.
The horror elements of Purana Mandir are good and are well shot. But the problem with Purana Mandir is the unnecessary & unfunny comic side plot which interrupts the flow of the movie.

Purana Mandir horror scene durjan scared

Aarti Gupta in Purana Mandir

Purana Mandir Durjan Death Scene

Parody of movie 'Sholay' involving comedian Jagdeep as Daaku Macchhar Singh is annoying, irritating, completely unnecesary and makes the movie lenghty and causes rapid mood shifts.
Purana mandir would have been a lot more better without Jagdeep's comic track and some of the songs.

Purana Mandir Satish Shah Knife scene

Purana Mandir Ghost Shaitan Saamri at the Haveli Gate

Purana Mandir Horror Movie Scary Scene

Purana Mandir has a few 'hot' scenes. The camera zooms on Aarti Gupta's pectoral region in swimming pool scene at the begining of the movie, making it evident to us that the water is really cold in the pool out there!
Aarti Gupta again puts on a swim suit but this time to shower.

Aarti Gupta swimming pool scene pokies

Purana Mandir Aarti Gupta swimsuit

Purana Mandir Aarti Gupta Bathing Shower Scene

Scene of Anand's wife covered in haystack shows some skin as well.

Purana Mandir Hot haystack love scene

Purana Mandir Sapna Hot Love Scene

Purana Mandir Hot Village Girl Bijli

The atmosphere The Ramsays create in every horror scene of Purana Mandir is exceptional. The bringing back to life scene of Saamri is especially good and is very well shot. Too good for a 1984 movie.

Purana Mandir Saamri Main Scene

Purana Mandir Shaitan Saamri kata sar

Purana Mandir Monster Shaitan Saamri

Purana Mandir Saamri burning scene

Purana Mandir Scary Servant

Watch Purana Mandir if you like monster movies, or eerie atmospheric horrors with zombie ghosts. For those who liked other Ramsay movies, Purana Mandir is a must watch.

Purana Mandir Raja Hariman Singh Painting

Purana Mandir Satish Shah Burnt Face

Purana Mandir Cast:
Mohnish Bahl, Puneet Issar, Aarti Gupta, Sadashiv Amrapurkar, Pradeep Kumar, Ajay Agarwal, Satish Shah, Sadhana Khote, Trilok Kapoor, Rajendra Nath, Alka Noopur, Jagdeep
direction:
Tulsi Ramsay, Shyam Ramsay
story:
J.K. Ahuja
screenplay:
Kumar Ramsay
dialogue:
Dr. Gurdeep
cinematography:
Gangu Ramsay
music:
Ajit Singh
produced by:
Anjali Ramsay, Kanta Ramsay
language:
Hindi
genre:
Horror
run time:
144 minutes
censor certification:
A

Plot Synopsis
After a rich young girl has suddenly known about a demon and the 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.