Bollywood has always been plagued by the dilemma to make or not to make a sequel. Earlier this idea was opposed but many producers have cashed in on the success of films by turning them into a franchise. Over the years, especially in the past decade, many sequels have come through. All of them aren’t worth watching. Here’s a list of film sequels in Bollywood that are worth watching.
Phir Hera Pheri (2006)
Phir Hera Pheri is the sequel to one of the most successful comedy movies in Bollywood, Hera Pheri (2000). Akshay Kumar, Suniel Shetty, and Paresh Rawal reprised their role in the sequel. Based on Guy Ritchie’s Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels, the movie turned out to be one of the highest grossing Bollywood films of 2006. Though nothing like its predecessor, Phir Hera Pheri, was able to create enough chaos and laughter among the audience. It was one of the first commercially successful sequels’ in Bollywood, starting a trend of sequels.
Krrish is a sequel to the hit Indian Science-Fiction film Koi Mil Gaya. It was produced, written and directed by Rakesh Roshan with Hrithik Roshan playing the lead. Krrish was considered to be a film of global significance and a trendsetter in Indian Cinema. The visual effects were conceived to be at par with Hollywood. It was also the first Indian superhero movie. Krrish was a huge hit among the audience and was the highest grossing Bollywood film of 2006. A third part of the series, Krrish 3 was released in 2013. But Krrish 3 was not able to create an impact like its predecessor. Krrish (2006) still remains one of the best sequels in Bollywood ever made.
Lage Raho Munna Bhai (2006)
Directed by Raju Hirani, produced by Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Lage Raho Munna Bhai is a follow-up to Munna Bhai MBBS (2003). Sanjay Dutt and Arshad Warsi reprised their roles as Munna Bhai and Circuit. Like Munna Bhai MBBS, Lage Raho Munna Bhai was received well by critics and audience. The film went on to win 4 National Film Awards. Of all the sequels’ made in Bollywood, Lage Raho Munna Bhai stands out as the best.
Dhoom 2 (2006)
Dhoom 2 is the second film in the Dhoom franchise produced by Yash Raj banner. Dhoom (2004) was a hit amongst audience and critics. Following up the same mantra as in the first film, director Sanjay Gandhi put together an ensemble cast of Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai, Uday Chopra, Bipasha Basu and Hrithik Roshan. The film turned out to be a hit amongst audience and critics with people lauding Hrithik and Aishwarya’s performance and style in the movie. Dhoom 2 established the fact that making sequels in Bollywood can be fruitful if properly executed. It was the fourth film sequel to be released in 2006.
Don 2 (2011)
Perhaps the only movie on the list that was actually better than its predecessor. Shah Rukh Khan reprised his role as the notorious and stylish villain Don in the sequel. Priyanka Chopra was seen as Roma, an Interpol agent. The chemistry between the two was the highlight of the film. Not to forget the dialogues and action direction of the movie which made it better. Shah Rukh Khan was applauded for his performance in the film. Don 2 turned out to be one of the most commercially successful sequels in Bollywood with gross collections exceeding 150 crores.
Daid Ishqiya (2014)
It is a black comedy thriller and sequel to the hit film Ishqiya. Commercially, Dedh Ishqiya performed well and was declared ‘AVERAGE’. In the sequel, Arshad Warsi and Naseeruddin Shah reprise their roles of Babban and Khalujan. Madhuri Dixit and Huma Qureshi are seen in supporting roles. The movie was received well by critics. It was considered to be a smart film by many critics. It transports you to a diverse world of love and deceit and in the climax, truth hits you like a ton of bricks!
Tanu Weds Manu Returns (2015)
It serves as a sequel to the 2011 hit film Tanu Weds Manu. Anand L. Rai returns as the director while R. Madhavan, Kangana Ranaut, and Jimmy Shergill reprise their roles from the previous film. The movie received positive reviews from critics and Kangana’s performance was praised. The movie earned 95 crores in the first week itself.
Murder 2 (2011)
Murder 2 was one of the highest grossing films of 2011. It’s the sequel to the Murder that came in 2004 featuring Emraan Hashmi and Jaqueline Fernandez. The movie, just like its predecessor, had great music which also made the movie a huge success. It’s one of the best psychological-thriller-drama movies of the Bollywood.
Aashiqui 2 (2013)
Aashiqui became a huge success when it came in 90’s. It gave Bhatt camp an altogether a different identity. The music of the movie was the ‘cherry on the cake’ and the movie was a huge blockbuster back then. The sequel to the movie, Aashiqui 2 outshone the success of the first film. The music of the movie created new records and we can definitely say that it’s one of the best sequels ever made in Bollywood.
Gangs of Wasseypur 2 (2012)
Anurag Kashyap is known for making movies with the peculiar subject. But Gangs of Wasseypur was undoubtedly one of the best among all his creations. The dialogues, characters, scenes and even songs were so weird yet cool. Bollywood never before came out with such a movie. And it was taken very positively by the audience. The sequel of the movie even surpassed the milestone set by the movie.