Director: Tulsi Ramsay, Shyam Ramsay; Writer: Dev Kishan, Shyam Ramsay; Producer: Anjali Ramsay, Kanta Ramsay, Shyam Ramsay, Tulsi Ramsay; Cinematographer: Gangu Ramsay; Editor: Keshav Hirani; Cast: Hashmat Khan, Manjeet Kular, Kunickaa Sadanand, Satish Kaul, Anita Sareen, Anirudh Agarwal, Aruna Irani, Raza Murad, Vijayendra Ghatge, Karunakar Pathak, Surinder Kohli, Jack Gaud, Shyamalee, Beena Banerjee, Johnny Lever, Ashalata Wabgaonkar, Sunil Dhawan, Rajni Bala
Duration: 02:25:05; Aspect Ratio: 1.333:1; Hue: 199.796; Saturation: 0.022; Lightness: 0.186; Volume: 0.202; Cuts per Minute: 21.428
Summary: Unable to conceive, Thakurain Lajjo enlists the help of her maid, Mahua, and approaches a demon named Nevla, who assures her that she will indeed give birth but if it's a daughter, then she must surrender her to him, to which she agrees. Shortly thereafter, she gives birth to a daughter, Kamya, but refuses to surrender it. Mahua poisons her, abducts Kamya, and takes her to Nevla, but Thakur Pratap Singh intervenes just in time, banishes the former to a coffin in a cavern, and rescues his daughter. 18 years later, Kamya herself will be compelled to approach and resurrect Nevla in order to win the love of Kumar - who she is obsessed with - and will do anything to make him her's forever.
The Ramsay brothers films on horror and the horrifying was usually set in a lonely castle away from civilization. The monster in Bandh Darwaza
slept in the dungeon during the day to emerge at night to satiate his lust. In the B-horror genre of the 1980s a direct form of address of the conflict emerges in the image cutting logic. In this opening sequence we see the vampire , a western prototype of the evil contested by a Shiva idol on the sound cut of bells who can tame the Nevala i.e. Mongoose with snake around his neck.
Hence , even if their films often inspired by Hollywood notion of horror they still have a strong reminder of faith, religion coming to rescue the needy zamindar. The cardbooard like set of the Haveli is filmed with economical understanding of mobilising affect through human body screen wipes, superimposition of the monster idol and the Nevala. The match of the eyelines between the Nevala and the Hills is an indication of two possibly different locations underscoring the fact the Ramsay made do with the location ,infrastructure and developed various tactile production mechanism to meet not just stylistics of the horror but also leading to the above mentioned direct form of address.
The gaudy makeup and the cardboard like sets give a great sense of control to their style of production yet there are erratic slippages which form the affective horror and pastiche.
The havelis in the films set in isolated hill tops generally with the monster lurking in its dungeons also became the meeting point of the young lovers (protagonists). Religion and religious motifs play an important role to become the saviour of the haunted couple.
This can be looked as a response to conjugation, not seen on screen in popular hindi films.