What’s better than new films hitting theater screens each week? Well, the answer is fairly simple new films that are sequels to movies we’ve already loved. Since we’re already invested in the characters and their journeys, we love to see how their story moves forward, and when done well, a sequel could also spawn an entire franchise like a Dhoom or Krrish or Golmaal series.
This is what makes 2017 all the more exciting as a year for film-buffs. Not only are there some immensely promising films, starring some of our favorite actors, releasing next year, but many of them are sequels, which are ripe with the potential of being as good, if not better than their predecessors. After bringing you’ll the most-awaited films, fresh onscreen pairs, and recurring onscreen couples of next year, let’s take a look at some of the sequels to look forward to the most in 2017.
Jolly LLB 2
A surprise hit at the box-office; the first film also garnered huge critical acclaim, plus a handful of prestigious National Awards. Though Arshad Warsi hasn’t been retained for the sequel, one couldn’t have asked for a better replacement than Akshay Kumar. Akshay’s look from the film once again demonstrates how he’s prepared to shed his superstar image and get under the skin of the character. Don’t be surprised if Jolly LLB 2 betters the original.
Badrinath Ki Dulhania
Not only was Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania one of most-surprising hits of 2014, it was also one of the biggest money-spinners that year, earning more than Rs. 70 crore at the domestic box-office alone. Both Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt cemented their star-power with the film, and a whole new generation fell in love with their sweet, innocent chemistry. If the second installment follows more or less the same path, then we’re in for another modern romantic treat.
Baahubali: The Conclusion
Not just the biggest sequel of 2017, but probably, the biggest film of next year Baahubali: The Conclusion has the potential to shatter all opening-day, opening-weekend, and opening-week, and lifetime records; most of which were set by its prequel itself. We expect S.S Rajamouli to have topped his already high standards with this sequel. More importantly, it’ll finally answer the question of everyone’s lips of why Kattappa killed Baahubali.
Like Baahubali: The Conclusion, this South Indian sequel could smash all existing domestic and worldwide box-office records. The first film is widely acknowledged as among the best of Rajinikanth’s career, and the addition of Akshay Kumar will only act as added incentive for the Hindi-film audience. Also, just like Rajamouli, we expect Director Shankar to take everything from the special effects to the plot to the action a notch higher. Rajini+Akshay+Shankar+2.o make for a seriously deadly combination.
Being the second installment to one of the most-loved comedies of Bollywood, and starring one of the hottest young stars of today; Judwaa 2 has everything going for it to strike an instant chord in people’s hearts and gold at the box-office. Moreover, the audience has been treated to an out-an-out family-friendly laugh riot in ages, and David Dhawan is just the Director to do it.
Rohit Shetty and Ajay Devgn have collaborated for nine films hitherto of which seven have worked wonders at the box-office a mindboggling achievement to say the least. With most of the entire team coming back for the fourth entry in the Golmaal franchise, who’s to say that Golmaal 4 doesn’t turn out to be another blockbuster comedy?
Tiger Zinda Hai
For all intents and purposes, this is the biggest Bollywood film to hit screens next year. It’s the sequel to one of Salman Khan’s biggest hits ever, and reunites him with his Sultan Director, Ali Abbas Zafar. In addition, the audience would be holding their breath to see Katrina Kaif pair up with Salman again. And with the film releasing during the biggest weekend of the year, there appears to be nothing stopping it from being another 300-crore grosser for Salman Khan. Hell, the film will still be a hit even if it doesn’t find favor with the audience.
No calendar year has seen so many sequels release in Indian cinema before. 2017 could well be the year that spawns a couple of successful Indian-film franchises.
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