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Sequels are in flavour this season in Bollywood, with films such as Houseful and Dabangg back on screen with their subsequent instalments. ...

Here are 10 Bollywood sequels that have managed to be as good as the original movie

Sequels are in flavour this season in Bollywood, with films such as Houseful and Dabangg back on screen with their subsequent instalments. Here, expectations run high and filmmakers are under the extra pressure of ensuring that the sequels do as well, or even better than the previous ones. However, with the kind of popularity that some of these films command, Bollywood will continue to make their sequels and we will continue to lap them up.

10 Bollywood sequels that are a great watch and sometimes, have even surpassed their success.

Hera Pheri and Phir Hera Pheri:

Voted as the best Bollywood comedy film of all times, the 2000 cult film Hera Pheri, featuring Paresh Rawal as the shortsighted, dim-witted but kind landlord, Baburao Ganpatrao Apte, had the audience rolling with laughter. Its success also led director Priyadarshan to make a second instalment - Phir Hera Pheri, which released in 2006. The movie retained the original cast of Akshay Kumar, Suniel Shetty and Rawal, and depicted the twists and turns in their lives after becoming rich. Phir Hera Pheri, however, could not match up to the level that the original did. The third installment of the series is due for release, and, after a few initial hiccups, it was reported that all the three lead stars of the franchise will be reprising their roles.

The Dhoom series:

The original Dhoom, and its sequels, may been the subject of many jokes, but that does not take away from its huge popularity. The first film of the Dhoom franchise, written by Vijay Krishna Acharya and produced under the Yash Raj Films banner, revolved around a gang of biker-robbers and a cop, Jai Dixit (Abhishek Bachchan) who tries to catch the gang with the help of a local bike dealer/racer, Ali (Uday Chopra). The movie was a commercial success and paved the way for its more successful second part - Dhoom 2, which released in 2006. The multi-starrer, which had Hrithik Roshan, Aishwarya Rai and Bipasha Basu, along with Bachchan and Chopra who reprised their roles as Jai and Ali, was the highest-grossing Indian film of 2006. Dhoom 3, released in 2013, had the star cast of Aamir Khan and Katrina Kaif along with Bachchan and Chopra. It broke a lot of records and officially became the first Indian film to earn Rs 500 crores, worldwide.

Dabangg and Dabangg 2:

The film that introduced cop Chulbul Pandey to movie lovers gave Salman Khan one of his biggest hits. It also marked the debut of Sonakshi Sinha. Dabangg became the highest grossing film of 2010 and won the National Award for Best Popular Film providing Wholesome Entertainment. Dabangg 2, which released in 2012, marked the directorial debut of Arbaaz Khan and retained the original cast of Salman Khan and Sonakshi Sinha. The movie was a blockbuster at the box office and one of the highest grossing movies of all times. The third instalment, Dabangg 3 is set to release on 20th December, 2019, will retain Khan and Sinha, and will also see Mahesh Manjrekar’s daughter, Saiee Manjrekar make her film debut.

Munna Bhai MBBS and Lage Raho Munna Bhai:

Munna Bhai MBBS gave us the adorable duo - don, Munna Bhai (Sanjay Dutt) and his sidekick/friend Circuit (Arshad Warsi). The film also introduced the iconic ‘Jaadu ki Jhappi,' a hug to set aside differences. Released in 2003, Rajkumar Hirani’s directorial debut became a huge success. What made the movie even more special was that this was the first and only film in which real-life father and son Sunil and Sanjay Dutt appear together. The movie also won the National Award for the Best Popular film in 2004. The second movie in the series, Lage Raho Munna Bhai (2006), had the unforgettable pair of Munna and Circuit once again, along with Vidya Balan who played a Radio Jockey and Munna’s love interest. The movie was notable for the lessons in Gandhigiri that the protagonist, Munna who believes that he can interact with the spirit of Gandhiji, taught. In an interview, Hirani revealed how he had been under immense pressure while writing the script after the success of the first film. The sequel, however, proved to be a blockbuster, won four National Awards and was the first Hindi film to be shown at the United Nations. The third part of the series, is reportedly, set to go on floors soon.

Koi… Mil Gaya, Krrish series:

Koi...Mil Gaya and its sequels, Krrish 1 and 2, gave India its very own sci-fi movie and superhero. The first film in the series, Koi... Mil Gaya, also gave Hrithik Roshan’s slumping career, a major boost. Roshan once revealed that his father had been advised against making Koi..Mil Gaya, but his worries were unwarranted as it went on become one of the biggest hits of his career. Featuring Preity Zinta and Rekha in pivotal roles, Koi Mil Gaya revolved around a boy with Down Syndrome, Rohit (Roshan) who befriends an alien. The second instalment of the film, which released in 2006, took the story forward, with Roshan playing Krrish, a superhero. The movie became the second highest earning Indian film of 2006. Krrish 3, released in 2013, stars Roshan, Vivek Oberoi, Priyanka Chopra and Kangana Ranaut in the lead roles. The film, however, failed to make the impression that the first two in the series, did. Roshan has reportedly confirmed that the fourth instalment of the film will go on floors as soon as his father, filmmaker Rakesh Roshan recovers.

Aashiqui and Aashiqui 2:

In 1990, the original Aashiqui, directed by Mahesh Bhatt, introduced two newcomers - Rahul Roy and Anu Aggarwal, to the Bollywood industry. Apart from its story line, the music of the Aashiqui became a huge hit even before the release of the film and the soundtrack was considered as amongst the best-selling Bollywood soundtracks of all time. Thirteen years later, Aashiqui 2, directed by Mohit Suri, brought the fresh and sizzling pair of Aditya Roy Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor on screen. The story about a singer Arohi (Kapoor), who is discovered by a well-known singer Rahul, lived up to the hype that was generated and became one of the biggest grossers of 2013.

Gangs of Wasseypur Part 1 and 2:

Director Anurag Kashyap once spoke about how the cult film, Gangs of Wasseypur, destroyed his filmmaking life because it set expectations so high. The film broke the mold in which most Bollywood movies were set and became the only Hindi film to feature in The Guardian’s list of 100 Best Films of the 21st century. Featuring Manoj Bajpai, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Huma Qureshi, Richa Chadda and Tigmanshu Dhulia, Gangs of Wasseypur was originally shot as a single film but was shown as two separate films for the Indian audience, with both parts releasing in 2012.

Tanu Weds Manu and Tanu Weds Manu Returns:

The 2011 romantic drama, Tanu Weds Manu, by Anand L Rai, brought together the hugely successful and talented pairing of Kangana Ranaut and R. Madhavan. The movie was a commercial success and was well received by the audience, especially in North India. Tanu Weds Manu was also one of the few Hindi movies where the sequel, Tanu Weds Manu Returns, did even better than the first part. Released in 2015, Tanu Weds Manu Returns saw both Ranaut and Madhavan reprise their roles, and gave moviegoers the treat of watching the talented Ranaut play a double role. The movie became one of the highest grossing Bollywood films of 2015 and also received three awards at the 63rd National Film Awards.

Sarkar, Sarkar Raj and Sarkar 3:

India’s own rendition of the Godfather trilogy, the 2005 Sarkar, introduced the dark and brooding Subhash Nagre, played by Amitabh Bachchan, to the masses. Sarkar, which is said to be loosely based on the founder of Shiv Sena, Bal Thackeray, delved into the dark underbelly of Mumbai’s crime syndicate. Its second part, Sarkar Raj, set two years after the original film ends, had Aishwarya Rai in the cast, with Amitabh Bachchan and Abhishek Bachchan reprising their roles. While the sequel, again did not pack the punch that the original did, it was lauded for its performances. With both his sons dead in the earlier two parts, Sarkar 3, released in 2017, retained only Bachchan senior in the titular role, and had Ronit Roy, Jackie Shroff, Manoj Bajpayee, Amit Sadh and Yami Gautam, join the cast.

Golmaal Series:

No list on popular sequels in Bollywood can be complete without including the Golmaal series - amongst the most popular and successful of all sequels in Bollywood. The original Golmaal Fun Unlimited, released in 2006, was Ajay Devgan’s comeback to comedy, after Masti. It also featured Arshad Warsi, Tusshar Kapoor and Sharman Joshi, while the subsequent parts had Kareena Kapoor and Kunal Khemu, with Shreyas Talpade replacing Joshi. The film, whose storyline is similar to the Malayalam film Kakkakuyil, is based on the Gujarati play Aflatoon, adapted from Harsh Shivsharan's original Marathi play Ghar-Ghar. Golmaal Returns, released in 2008, added horror to the mix, while Golmaal 3, released in 2010, was a copy of Basu Chatterjee’s Khatta Meetha and was the second-highest-grossing Bollywood film of that year. The fourth installment of this series, Golmaal Again released in 2017, had Parineeti Chopra, Tabu, Neil Nitin Mukesh and Kunal Khemu join the cast. While the film was met with mixed reviews, it broke box office records and entered the 100 million club within three days of collection. Director Rohit Shetty is reportedly working on the script of the fifth instalment, which may release in 2021.

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