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Bollywood sequels: the snail tale

Robin Bansal, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, April 26, 2013
First Published: 16:42 IST(26/4/2013) | Last Updated: 01:06 IST(27/4/2013)

Movie buffs may be in for a big treat with a never-before number of sequels and prequels in Bollywood these days, but timely is not quite the word for them. Unlike Hollywood that produces an installment in a franchise almost every year, the Hindi film industry is taking a tad too long to maintain the continuity of their franchises.

Aashiqui 2 has hit the screens 23 years after the first part, Shootout at Wadala, prequel to the 2007 Shootout at Lokhandwala, will reach theatres after six years, and Amitabh Bachchan-starrer Aankhen (2002) will see a sequel after eleven years of the original.

“If a sequel is released earlier, it definitely helps. Unlike Hollywood, the problem with us is that we have never been professional when it comes to cinema. We make films from the heart and not keeping economics in mind. Also, unlike Hollywood where the studio takes the decision, here there are a lot of internal and logistical issues that consume a lot of time,” says film historian SMM Ausaja.

While big-ticket sequels such as Dhoom 3 and Krrish 3 will be releasing after  over six years; Grand Masti, sequel to the 2004 hit Masti will also see the light of day after nine years. Others, such as sequels to highly anticipated flicks such as Mr.India (1987), Khoon Bhari Maang (1988), Andaz Apna Apna (1994), Phir Hera Pheri (2006), Welcome (2007), Dostana (2008) and Singh Is Kinng (2008), are yet to go on the floor despite a gap of over half a decade.

Sanjay Gupta, director of the Shootout at... series, however, says, “We have taken time because we didn’t want to encash on the franchise just for the heck of it. It’s only when we were ready that we decided to do it.” Actor Rahul Roy, who starred as the lead in the original Aashiqui says, “Our concept of sequel is a remake. The memories of the original still stay fresh, so it is fine whenever they come out with it.”

2013 Hollywood sequels
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug; sequel to The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)
Paranormal Activity 5, sequel to Paranormal Activity 4 (2012)
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, sequel to The Hunger Games (2012)
The Hangover Part III, sequel to The Hangover Part II (2011)

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