Sequels rule the box office
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Sequels rule the box office

The success of Munna Bhai and Krrish has added a new chapter in Bollywood. Princy Jain does an analysis.

india Updated: Sep 05, 2006 15:40 IST
Princy Jain/ HT City
Princy Jain/ HT City

Bole toh Indian Film industry has finally learnt the art of making a winning sequel. Buoyed by the success of Krrish, Phir Hera Pheri and Lage Raho Munnabhai, the filmmakers are now eagerly looking forward to Part III.

Scripting wonder:

The success of these sequels can be attributed to two factors — the timing of the release of these movies and secondly the scripts which is reasonably different from their prequels.

Agrees trade analyst Taran Adarsh, “Undoubtedly, Koi Mil Gaya, Hera Pheri and Munnabhai MBBS were hugely popular and the characters were deeply etched in the minds of people. So the audiences were quite curious to know the latest in the lives of Babu Rao and Munna.”

Talking about the freshness of the script, Rajkumar Hirani says, “Munna and Circuit were the USP of Munnabhai MBBS. But it would have been monotonous to show the characters in the medical college. So inLage Raho, we showed them tackling a new chapter in their lives.” However, Hirani agrees that it was “a challenge to be able to live up to the expectations built by the first film.”

Hrithik Roshan's Krissh, a sequel to Koi Mil Gaya, was a huge success.

Even Hrithik Roshan says, “The sequel wasn’t planned when

Koi Mil Gaya

was being conceptualised. But the success of


prompted us to make


,” adding, “but it wasn’t an easy job for us. It was exciting but at the same time quite challenging.”

Story continues:

There is more on the platter as the filmmakers are now planning to carry the story ahead. They are now working towards third part of the film. The makers of Hera Pheri have gone ahead and announced the third film in the series. While the trio will remain the same, this one would have a new set of women and will be directed by Anees Bazmee of No Entry fame.

Hirani too asserts to add another chapter in the lives of Munna and Circuit. “It will be like Chaplin’s tale. Same people but different issues.” An industry insider reveals that Roshans have a special team to work on the third part of the Koi... series. But what is the novelty factor? “Instead of getting special effects done from abroad, Roshans had trained a team of 40 technicians while making Krrish so as to be able to utilise them for the next film.” Ask Hrithik and he says, “It’s too early but it will certainly be a step ahead in terms of storyline and effects.”

First Published: Sep 04, 2006 19:36 IST