Yamla Pagla Deewana 2 adds to Bollywood's sequel story
The Deols are all set to roll in Yamla Pagla Deewana 2 this week. The comedy film is a sequel to hit film Yamla Pagla Deewan (2011). Yamla Pagla Deewana 2, which sees the comeback of Deol trio - Dharmendra, sons Sunny and Bobby along with new ladies Neha Sharma and Kristina Akheeva, is double the fun, double the romance. The film promises to be a laugh riot! Sequels seem to be the flavour in Bollywood now. Let's take a look at some of the best sequels.
Munnabhai series (Lage Raho Munna Bhai): Directed by Rajkumar Hirani and produced by Vidhu Vind Chopra, Munnabhai definitely won the hearts of the people. Sanjay Dutt and Arshad Warsi kept the audience roaring with laughter and will be remebered for their endearing characters as Munna and Circuit. The follow up to Munnabhai MBBS, Lage Raho Munna Bhai did not disappoint and ended up being a blockbuster at the box office.
Dhoom/Dhoom 2: Rippling biceps, leggy lasses, motorcycle robberies and lots pf action - this Yash Raj action thriller was one of the most successful and stylish films. Unlike most Bollywood films, Dhoom emphasised on the supercool villain and kept pulses racing throughout the film. Though the film was high on action, it certainly did not compromise on romance. While John Amraham starred in Dhoom, the sequel roped in Hrithik Roshan and Aishwarya Rai. Directed by Vijay Krishna Acharya, the films saw Abhishek playing the super-smart slick cop and Uday Chopra won hearts with his character. With the third part on the way, we wonder if it will live upto the first two. We are also gearing up for the 3rd part in the hit Dhoom series with Aamir Khan and Katrina Kaif.
Koi Mil Gaya/Krrish: Initially, not many were aware that Koi Mil Gaya (2003) was a prequel to Rakesh Roshan's Krrish. Largely inspired by Hollywood film, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Koi Mil Gaya created waves and is regarded as India's first sci-fi thriller. Krrish (2006) excited audiences with Hrithik's flying superhero character. It became the second highest earning Indian film of that year and received a 'Blockbuster' rating at the Box Office. Krrish 3 starring Hrithik Roshan, Priyanka Chopra, Kangna Ranaut, Vivek Oberoi and Shaurya Chauhan is slated to release by Diwali this year along with its 3D format.
Golmaal series: The audience enjoyed this rib tickler directed by Rohit Shetty. The first film Golmaal Fun Unlimited released in 2006 turned up to be a surprise hit at the box office. While the second and third films received mixed responses, the films still managed to keep up with their 'Blockbuster' status at the Box Office.
Don series: Inspired by Amithab Bachchan's superhit Don (1978), Farhan Akhtar revamped the film by casting Shah Rukh Khan, who brought his own style and charisma to the character. The first film was an instant hit this was followed by a sequel - Don 2 (2011). And it became an even greater hit. Both films were screened at the Berlin Film Festival.
Dabangg: A typical masala entertainer, Salman Khan hit a home run with Dabangg (2010). His iconic character, Chulbul Pandey struck a chord with the masses and desi belle Sonakshi Sinha sure won hearts with her debut film. While the first was directed by Abhinav Kashyap, the second film was directed by Salman Khan's brother Arbaaz Khan proved to be better than the first.
Hera Pheri/Phir Hera Pheri: Directed by Priyadarshan, comedy film Hera Pheri released in 2000 has become a cult classic comedy over the years. The original film featuring Akshay Kumar, Paresh Rawal, Suniel Shetty, Tabu was a huge success. It was followed by a sequel titled Phir Hera Pheri in 2006. There were a few some changes in the cast - though the men remained the same, female lead Tabu was replaced by Bengali brauties Bipasha Basu and Rimi Sen.
Bheja Fry/Bheja Fry 2: Starring Rajat Kapoor, Vinay Pathak, Sarika, Milind Soman and Ranvir Shorey in lead roles and driected by Sagar Ballary, Bheja Fry (2007) received favourable reviews from critics and was reported as one of the funniest films of that year. The sequel Bheja Fry 2 released in 2011 saw Vinay Pathak reprising his role as the main lead, and the only character remaining from the original. The movie had an all new cast including Minissha Lamba, Kay Kay Menon and others. It garnered mixed to negative reviews and performed below average at the box office.
Murder series: Directed by Anurag Basu, starring Mallika Sherawat and Emraan Hashmi, Murder (2004) received mixed reviews, however, it managed to claim the 'superhit' title and became a blockbuster. The second film, Murder 2 (2011) was directed by Mohit Suri and fared better than its prequel. It was even reported that Murder 2 is one of the finest crime stories to come out of the Hindi film industry. Murder 3 (2013) received mixed reviews but quietly fizzled out of theatres.
Race/Race 2: Based on sibling rivalry, betrayal and passion, Race (2008) featuring Saif Ali Khan, Bipasha Basu, Akshaye Khanna, Katrina Kaif, Anil Kapoor and Sameera Reddy became one of the biggest hits of 2008. The sequel released in January this year saw Anil Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan reprising their roles as Robert D'Costa and Ranveer Singh respectively from the previous film, while Deepika Padukone, John Abraham, Jacqueline Fernandez and Ameesha Patel were new additions. Bipasha Basu reprised her role of Sonia Martin in a special appearance. Inspite of the raging cars, gizmos, exotic locations and sexy babes, the film did average business at the box office.