Is 2015 going to be the year of sequels in Bollywood?

  • Prashant Singh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Dec 09, 2014 16:28 IST

Bollywood seems to be on an inspiration-from-the-past overdrive. Several old blockbusters starring big stars are set to get sequels now. While director Indra Kumar plans to make part two of his Aamir Khan and Madhuri Dixit-starrer, Dil (1990), Akshay Kumar’s 2000 hit, Dhadkan, is also set to get a sequel. In fact, according to rumours, Akshay’s Aankhen (2002) might also get a part two.

“When you take up a sequel, the original film’s brand value automatically gets attached to it. You don’t have to work on the rebranding all over again,” says producer Ramesh Taurani, who is making a sequel to his 2003 hit, Ishq Vishk. The original lead, Shahid Kapoor, won’t be part of the project.

“The film’s shoot should start by February-March next year with a new star cast. Ken Ghosh (the director of the original) will helm the new project as well,” adds Taurani. Like Ishq Vishk 2, film-maker Prakash Jha will also be back to direct Gangaajal 2 (the original was made in 2003), but minus Ajay Devgn. This time, a female protagonist will take centre stage in the film.

Salman Khan’s 1997 comedy, Judwaa, is also likely to have a sequel. Producer Sajid Nadiadwala is apparently looking for an entertaining script for it. Similarly, the makers of Shah Rukh Khan’s 1993 blockbuster, Baazigar, are also eyeing a sequel. “Yes, I have plans, but not immediately,” says producer Ratan Jain.

“Since all these ‘old’ films have been iconic, and there is the nostalgia factor attached to them, it’s easier for makers to pick up the thread from where they had left off. But unless original actors come back, they won’t benefit from the ‘brand value’ of the original,” says trade analyst Amod Mehra.

Another sequel on the anvil — again without the original stars — is Aankhen Chaar (original film Aankhen was made in 1993). “Neither the actors (Govinda and Chunky Panday) nor David (Dhawan; director) are associated with the sequel. We have zeroed in on another director. But I want to wait for an official announcement,” says producer Pahlaj Nihalani.

But what are the risks of picking up such films again? “I think film-makers should be extra careful when working on sequels of hit films, otherwise they will end up ruining the brand value of the original film too,” says Taurani.

Original film: Dharmesh Darshan’s Dhadkan (2000)
Original cast: Akshay Kumar, Shilpa Shetty
Status: Vikram Bhatt to direct the sequel; no cast member from the original.

Original film: Indra Kumar’s Dil (1990)
Original cast: Aamir Khan, Madhuri Dixit
Status: Kumar to direct; no cast member from the original is likely to be back.

Original film: David Dhawan’s Judwaa (1997)
Original cast: Salman Khan, Karisma Kapoor, Rambha
Status: Looking for a script; casting is yet to happen.

Original film: Ken Ghosh’s Ishq Vishk (2003)
Original cast: Shahid Kapoor, Amrita Rao
Status: The sequel will start in March next year with no original cast members

Original film: Jha’s Gangaajal (2003)
Original cast: Ajay Devgn, Gracy Singh
Status: Jha to direct the sequel with a female protagonist.

Original film: Abbas-Mustan’s Baazigar (1993)
Original cast: Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol
Status: Makers plan to make a sequel but ‘not immediately’.

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