November and December are the month of sequels and franchise extensions. You have Tum Bin II, followed by Rock On 2, then Force 2, and finally, Kahaani 2 releasing at the beginning of next month. But are the trend of sequels and franchises new to Bollywood? Not, if you rewind the clock a bit.
Over the last decade or so, there have been a surge of second and third installments to hit films. In fact, if one were to rewind the clock further, then the trend of sequels can be dated back to the 40s with the Hunterwali film series. However, there were few and far between, and only once and a while did we get a Nigahen to a Nagina and a Wardat to a Surakhsha (Gunmaster G9 series). Well, all that changed post 2005 when film like Krrish, Lage Raho Munna Bhai and Dhoom 2 became massive hits. Since, then sequels have been popping up annually and franchises have been expanding exponentially. Let’s take a look at some of the most sequels and franchises in Bollywood.
Krrish and Krrish 3
The franchise that could be accredited with ushering the trend of sequels in India. When Krrish had released back in 2006, it became a cult film for its groundbreaking special effects and ingenious concepts. Then, Krrish 3 released in 2013, took the standard of special effects and production design way higher, and shattered box-office records. We’re now waiting to see what Hrithik and Rakesh Roshan have too offer in the way of Krrish 4. (Also read: Hrithik and Rakesh Roshan confirm Krrish 4.)
Lage Raho Munna Bhai
After the kind of impact that Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. had created, it was inevitable that Rajkumar Hirani would move ahead with a sequel. However, cashing in on the success of a film is one thing, and making a sequel worthy of standing on the same platform as the original is entirely different. Lage Raho Munna Bhai not only retained the heartwarming essence of Munna and Circuit, but also gave the audience another warm, charming, and fun-filled adventure in their journey. Hirani sir, do give us one more Munna Bhai film, we implore you.
Dhoom 2 and Dhoom 3
The most-successful franchise of them all. Dhoom 2 had set a new benchmark for action film, and then, as difficult as it sounds, drove the stakes higher with the third part. It’s also the only franchise where the villain is the center of importance, and gets as much limelight as the cool bikes and stunts. Both Aamir Khan and John Abraham were suave in their villainous avatars, but our vote has to go to Hrithik Roshan for the best Dhoom villain till now. We wonder who’ll don the mantle of the next Dhoom villain, and would he be able to top Hrithik’s act?
Golmaal Returns and Golmaal 3
The madcap masala franchise of Bollywood we all love to pass our time with. Golmaal was a surprise hit back in 2006, but not many had banked on its sequel repeating the success. However, Golmaal Returns was an even bigger success, with the addition of Kareena Kapoor Khan to the cast augmenting the film’s interest among the audience. Golmaal 3 became the first comedy to breach the 100-crore mark, and now we wait for another wacky romp with Golmaal 4. (Also read: Golmaal 4 confirmed for Diwali 2017, titled Golmaal Again.)
The idea of remaking Don was seen with skeptical eyes by many in the trade and also among movie-buffs, so kudos to Farhan Akhtar for not only its stylish, modernized treatment, but also for adding a shocking twist that completely justified a sequel. As for Shah Rukh Khan, he made the role all his own with his sexily sinful act in Don 2, and today, we can’t even imagine the Don series without SRK, which is why the announcement of Don 3 had got us jumping like little kids. We expect another action-packed film with high-octane stunts and another evil turnover by King Khan.
Salman Khan returned two year later to the role that made him a nationwide sensation, and together with his brother, Arbaaz, delivered a film that was every bit as ballsy, macho, rustic, and no-hold-barred as a Dabangg film demands. Sure it didn’t create the same impact as the first part, but it did enough to entertain Salman’s fans no end, and now we hear that Dabangg 3 may be in the works. Fingers crossed for it to be true. (Also read: Salman Khan to block Eid 2018 for Dabangg 3.)
The first sequel to have an entirely different cast and arrive more than two decades after the original, though that didn’t stop it one bit from repeating the first installment’s blockbuster status. Aashiqui 2 made an overnight star of Shraddha Kapoor and its songs enjoy tremendous recall value. Word on a third part is still not confirmed though we don’t see why it shouldn’t transpire.
Tanu Weds Manu Returns
The only sequel till now that worked completely on the might of its leading lady. When Tanu Weds Manu had released back in 2011, a number of factor had contributed to its success. By the time its sequel had rolled around in 2015, Kangana had become a big deal, and her dual role was almost solely responsible for driving the film to blockbuster status. It remains to be seen if the trio of Kangana, R. Madhavan, and Aanand L. Rai team again for a third installment.
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