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Sequel survives flop fever

Phir Hera Pheri is Bollywood's first successful sequel, writes Vajir Singh. Watch the summer treats

india Updated: Jun 13, 2006 11:13 IST

The verdict is out. Phir Hera Pheri is a hit in India and overseas, making it Bollywood's first sequel to hit bull's eye. And it is only the beginning.

A look at the films lined up for release in the coming months is proof — Krrish, Munnabhai 2nd Innings and Dhoom II.

Strangely enough, Phir Hera Pheri is just the third sequel to be made in an industry where at least 150 films hit the marquee on an average every year.

Filmmakers, noting the lukewarm response to sequels in the past, had shied away from them.

 

 Phir Hera Pheri has hit the bull's eye

The first to make a sequel was Harmesh Malhotra, whose

Nigahen 

(1989) tried to cash in on his hugely successful

Nagina

(1986), but failed.

Thirteen years later, Mahesh Manjrekar tried repeating the success of Vaastav (1999) with Hathyar (2002), but with no success.

So what is it about Phir Hera Pheri that clicked?

"Hera Pheri and Phir Hera Pheri are two different films and both clicked because audiences are taking a liking to comedy. It has nothing to do with being a sequel," says actor Paresh Rawal, who plays the pivotal character in both.

"Phir Hera Pheri is a laugh riot and if you make audiences laugh, they're happy," agrees trade analyst Komal Nahta.

"Phir Hera Pheri is doing tremendous business in our theatres. The buzz about the other sequels in the coming months is also good," says Sanjay Dalia, VP (operations), Cinemax.

There is more to come. After Hanuman, Percept Picture Company is planning a sequel, Hanuman 2. Subi Samuel also plans a sequel to his first production Alag.

"My film will hit screens this week but with the same director I've already planned a sequel," he says.

And Sajid Nadiadwala is keen on Judwaa 2 and Judwaa 3, after Judwaa  with Salman a few years ago. The buzz is that Sunny Deol plans Betaab 2, a sequel to his hit debut.