Bollywood has gone into a frenzy of sequels. Reviving some of the hits from the past and riding on their success seems easier than making a new movie. Some of the movies are hardly sequels and they just use the names for branding and some use the same plot/cast in a different setting.
Here is a list of 10 sequels that should never have happened
We want to cast Sunny Leone, let’s remake Jism
Bollywood trying to sell sex is nothing new. There have been various movies with no story but just some sex scenes and songs which have done well, Jism was more than that. Moviegoers enjoyed its storytelling and it became one of Bollywood’s best erotic thrillers. Jism 2, on the other hand, was awfully made and acted out even worse. Pooja Bhatt proved talent is not genetically transferred and Sunny Leone proved sex sells as the movie did well at the box-office.
Welcome was a hilarious movie that was aided by its remarkable performances. The situational comedy genre is a tricky one as it either comes off hilarious or forced. Welcome Back suffered from the latter. The sequel tries to recreate Welcome instead of adding something original and that’s when it was doomed. The movie treats the audience’s intellect with disdain and the old gag just feels worn out. And the director Anees Bazmee is coming out with a sequel to No Entry next, let’s see if he ruins another one of his good movies.
Race 2 & Race 3
Race was a movie about a jealous brother who tries to kill his older brother to inherit insurance money with quite a few twists with people turning on people. At times, it was about being one step ahead of the game. Let’s talk about the underwhelming sequels. In Race 2 Saif’s character Ranvir just becomes Agent Vinod. He is a great archer, he already knows the deception during the game of cards, gambles millions just to grab attention and well he goes toe to toe with John Abraham! And let’s just forget there was a third!
Koi Mil Gaya and Krrish are two important movies of Indian cinema. They gave us our first great alien movie and our first great superhero! The two movies picked up from various Hollywood movies but produced something original while Krrish 3 felt like Superman fighting X-men. To add to that the poor cinematography makes the movie laughable. It’s nowhere near the Hollywood movies it tries to be.
And where’s Krrish 2?
Phir Hera Pheri
The original, directed by Priyadarshan is a cult. It is considered one of the best comedies in Bollywood and is actually hilarious, the sequel? Not so much. A rip-off to “Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels”, the director Neeraj Vora just did everything a little too extra. Even the three leads are made to overdo their characters. The cast to the sequel was unnecessarily huge and naturally underutilized. The sequel did well at the box-office by riding on its predecessor’s success and thus another sequel has been announced but does anyone really want it?
Rock On 2
From the music to the story Rock On 2 failed miserably to match up. Rock On was an iconic film because of its great music and its focus on a band’s dynamic. It was a story of how a band came back together to achieve what they couldn’t in their initial run and it was MAGIK. While the sequel is about the band’s reunion concert which is opposed by local authority which clearly was opposed by the fans of the movie as well.
Once Upon A Time In Mumbai Dobaara!
This is a movie that needed better casting and even that might not have saved it. The first one had some memorable dialogues and some intense acting from Ajay Devgn and from Emraan Hashmi. Here, the acting performances were below par and so was the script. The sequel had too many corny dialogues that butcher every scene. Sonakshi Sinhawas over-the-top and Imran Khan was as straight face as he is in all his films. Not even Akshay’s sincerity could save this movie.
Student Of The Year 2
Student Of The Year did what it set out to do, it was a typical KJo movie with a love triangle and good songs. It glamourised the school life with the debuting trio of Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan and Siddharth Malhotra. However, Student Of The Year 2 was a painful watch despite its lavish sets. Tiger Shroff, with his extremely ripped body, hardly looks like a teenager.
The director just went for all style and no substance.
Double Dhamaal & Total Dhamaal
Dhamaal was about four losers’ quest for finding bags of money. It had crisp and clean humour with minimal vulgarity and was a fun watch with the family. Double Dhamaal has too many sexual innuendos and just feels like an overdose while Total Dhamaal is just a less enjoyable remake of the first with a new cast. Hopefully, the movie makers will let it rest now.
A biker gang goes on a robbery spree- that was the premise of Dhoom. John Abraham played the role of an anti-hero amazingly well while Abhishek Bachchan held his own. Its sequel saw a bigger budget and a bigger star in Hritik, play the role of the anti-hero with his high tech gadgets and ability to hide in plain sight using make up and masks, the movie was received well. And so, with even bigger budget and even bigger star, happened Dhoom 3. The movie, despite its Hollywood like action and Amir Khan’s double duty, was underwhelming. The story and the action felt unoriginal and Amir just did not come off as intense as Hritik or John.
In Dhoom’s case bigger has not been better!
Bollywood needs to stop making needless sequels just for the sake of minting money because all they do is tarnish the legacy of a great film.