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Bollywood ready to offer sequels with a difference

The new sequels in Bollywood are very different from their originals.

bollywood Updated: Feb 25, 2015 18:45 IST
Anjali Thakur
Anjali Thakur
Hindustan Times

Awhole lot of upcoming sequels in Bollywood are getting a makeover — an all-new ensemble cast, new directors, lead replacements and complete turnabouts in the plot vis-à-vis their originals. Cases in point: Akshay Kumar has been replaced by John Abraham in the next outings of Hera Pheri and Welcome; Manish Paul will step into Ali Zafar’s shoes in the sequel to Tere Bin Laden (2010), and Aftab Shivdasani will fill in for Riteish Deshmukh in the third installment of Kya Kool Hain Hum (2005).

“I did not like the story and don’t want to be typecast in any particular genre,” Akki told us earlier, on saying no to Hera Pheri 3.

Welcome director, Anees Bazmee, was quoted as saying, “John is not stepping into Akshay’s role ... we have created a new role for him.” John, on his part, had added, “When I signed the film, the first person I called was Akshay. He was happy for me.” Meanwhile, in the same film, Katrina Kaif will be replaced by Shruti Haasan.

Tere Bin Laden director Abhishek Sharma explains, “There are two kinds of sequels — concept-driven and character-driven. Ours is the first; it is the most original sequel ever.” Trade analyst Atul Mohan feels this may adversely affect business. “People identify the sequel of a film with its original lead pair, and the absence of any one of the stars means loss of interest. It’s almost like re-creating a new brand. Some films have justified the exit of its protagonist, but some haven’t. At the end of the day, what matters is how entertaining it turns out.”

Ali Zafar makes way for manish: Manish Paul will play the lead in Tere Bin Laden 2.

Aftab steps into Riteish’s role in the third installment of Kya Kool Hain Hum (2010).

Shruti steals Kat’s thunder: Shruti Haasan will step into Katrina’s shoes in the sequel to Welcome (2007).

John replaces Akshay: The actor will be seen instead of Akki in Hera Pheri 3 and Welcome Back.

First Published: Feb 25, 2015 18:39 IST