Bollywood Movie Sequels – How Do They Score in the Box Office?


Bollywood sequels are usually hot subjects especially when the first part or prequel does really well at the box office. Don 2, which is a sequel to SRK-starrer Don, will release in 2011. That’s quite a lot of time, considering Don-The Chase Begins released in 2006. This is because now, Bollywood sequels are being churned out at an alarmingly fast rate. The sequel of Dostana is already underway while the one of of the superhit thriller Race is at the scripting stage. Jaane Tu Ya Jaana Na sequel is also being thought of.

As we know, a sequel is not a remake. To put it simply, Don-The Chase Begins was a jazzed up remake of the classic hit Don(Amitabh Bachchan starrer), but Don-2 will be the sequel. This simply means we will now have the same suave gadget-friendly, smooth talking Don involved in an adventure of a different kind. Usually, the characters, the setting or cast of sequel remain the same as the prequel. A sequel movie is something which is a continuation or extension to the prequel or the former plot. For instance, Raaz 2(2009) is not a sequel to Raaz.(2000). Usually,Bollywood movie sequels release within a gap of 2 or 3 years.

Coming to Bollywood sequels, here are some really famous and not so famous ones:

1. Dhoom 2 (2006) was a major blockbuster hit (one of the highest box office earners ever) and a bigger success than its predecessor Dhoom (2004)

2. Krrish (2006) the sequel to Koi…Mil Gaya (2003) was a huge hit, and the most popular Bollywood super-hero film.

3. Hathyar (2002) traced the life of Raghu’s son who also ends up as a gangster, a follow-up to arguably one of Sanjay Dutt’s best films Vaastav (1999). However Hathyar flopped miserably at the box-office

4. Lagey Raho Munnabhai (2006) was a cult super hit, winning 4 national awards and the lovable term ‘Gandhigiri’. The Sanjay Dutt starrer was a bigger hit than its predecessor, a very good film in its own right, Munnabhai MBBS (2003) (Sequel gap: 3 years)

5. Sarkar Raj (2008), followed on the heels of the successful Sarkar (2005) did not work as well as its prequel which was far more interesting and full of intensity.

6.Golmaal Returns (2008), a mad cap comedy was the second biggest hit of 2008, second only to Ghajini. Golmaal Returns was a successful sequel to the hit Golmaal (2006)

7. Phir Hera Pheri (2006), part 2 of Hera Pheri (2000) was no match to the original cult comedy. However the sequel did a decent business at the box-office.

Bollywood sequels we would like to see:

1. Race 2 (But of course, it would be a tough one to beat)

2. Dhamaal (sequel to 2007 hit)

3. Garam Masala (would like to the pranks of the awesome twosome)

4. Dil Chahta Hai

Source by Arunraj V.S.

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