Taking a gander at the list of the highest-grossing films of all time makes one thing clear – Bollywood loves sequels. The overwhelming majority of the highest grossers are either sequels of films or original films that have had sequels, from the success of Dabangg 2, Housefull 2, Singham Returns, Don 2, the Krrish franchise, Munnabhai franchise, Dhoom franchise, Golmaal franchise and many more. In fact, many of the sequels have crossed the 100-crore mark, generating even better collections than the first instalments did.
The most recent sequel, Tanu Weds Manu Returns not only won over the audience but commercially proved to be a captivating bet at the ticket counter. The film not only has stronger content than its predecessor but had all the right ingredients added, from characters to the narrative.
Yet there are films that have never had a sequel despite marvellous success at the box office and at times with critics too. In a recent interview to Box Office India, Kangana Ranaut revealed that many people are prompting Queen director Vikas Bahl to make a sequel to the film. She said, “Aanand said he was planning a sequel to Tanu Weds Manu. I refused and told him not to nurture this thought. In fact, Vikas says people are asking him to make Queen 2, and I have firmly told him he should not even entertain that thought as I don’t want to do the same character again. I also believe that the magic that was created shouldn’t be tampered with.”
This week, we asked the industry which recent film deserves a sequel. Over to them:
I am really proud of T-Series’ first release of the year, Baby. The audience appreciated the action and intellectual cinema. I would like to carry forward the film by making sequels but only if the script is stronger than its previous instalments. I believe if make it in a tight budget, like Baby was, it will be commercially viable for me as a producer.
It’s always the script of a film that carries the story forward. It is a good idea to make a sequel only if a director /producer has a strong script that makes for a two-hour-long film that will be loved by the audience. Making a sequel doesn’t take away the charm of the first film. I am confident it will add to the original film.
Sequels are now a reality of commercial filmmaking. The US started it and we are now following that model. Once a brand is built by a film, it makes sense to encash that brand by making a sequel, provided the storyline is compelling enough. Sequels can be made for films where the character’s story is unfinished and the premise of the film is episodic, so the characters can be transplanted into new situations or some films are developed as two or three parts and therefore the storyline is unfinished. Sequels don’t take away the charm of the original but having said that, there are only a very few sequels that are superior to the original. I think most films that deserve sequels are getting them or have already got them.
Sequels are tricky to discuss. It totally depends on who is making the sequel and with what intention. As a producer, if I am not satisfied with a story, something that takes the story forward, I will not tell that story. Also, many people wanted to know what happened with Piku and suggested a sequel but I don’t see the point unless we come up with a brilliant idea. Sequels and franchise are Hollywood concepts. Of course, if we have a concept like Dhoom, we can make sequels. But I don’t see the point on cashing in on a name with different stories. Looking at recent films, I would want to know what happens with Datto in Tanu Weds Manu Returns.
There are two types of sequels – one when you bank on one the genre like Housefull or a Dhoom, where you see a different story with each sequel. The other sequel is something like Tanu Weds Manu Returns, which speaks of a character and what happened to them later. So sequels are definitely in demand and filmmakers invest in them because it is an established brand and one can easily cash in on it. At the same time, making a sequel is a huge risk as it has to do justice to its previous instalment.
It’s refreshing to see brilliant, standalone films that don’t necessitate a sequel but plenty of films have the potential to have sequels. The films I would like to see a sequel to are PK, Piku, Ek Villain, Kahaani, Rowdy Rathore, Kick and Chennai Express. All these films were super entertainers and set the box office counters on fire. I am sure their sequels will do the same. Content always proves to be a winner at the ticket counter and a film should have a sequel when the original is a winner, commercially.
I would like to see a sequel to Piku only because I want to know what happens between Piku (Deepika Padukone) and Rana (Irrfan).They share beautiful chemistry and you want them to get together at some point. I would like to know if the two embark on a serious relationship, leading to marriage or is there a conflict in the offing? Piku’s sequel could definitely be a commercially viable bet, but it will take away the uniqueness of the original. In my view, good films are meant to entertain and then they are archived as classics for future generations to relish. When you have sequels to a film, it simply highlights a grave paucity of content. Just because a certain concept has worked, ‘let’s make more of it with subtle repackaging’. I think that is not a very inspiring idea. There needs to be a very solid reason for us to embark on a sequel to a commercially successful and good film.
I will talk about my film and it will be Yaariyan. The audience loved to see the story about the generation of today, their goods and bads, how they live their lives, etc. Since the film was very youth based, the major chunk of film going audience accepted and loved the concept. I think it will a great story forward. I believe a good story, good music and a strong starcast to match the standards of the previous part justifies a film to have a sequel. The music of Yaariyan is still chartbuster and if the sequel is made I think it will do better than before.
From the recent releases, I think Piku should have a sequel as the title talks about ‘Motion Se Hi Emotion’ and it is a very well made film. The director can definitely pull a new emotional story out of it. But I believe a second instalment only works when film-goers believe they’re getting more than a rehash of the original. If we give them the same stories, they will reject our sequels. So the second part always has to stand out.
For me, films that have repeat value attached can be made into sequels. Films like Queen, Baby and Holiday are the top contenders and deserve to have sequels. Son Of Sardaar had a window for a sequel and hence we are making another instalment. Good content endorsed by success at the box office is a barometer to make a sequel. Many sequels have made it to the list of highest grossers of all time. There are two ways to decide whether a film should have a sequel or not – one being the trade’s view and the other being the viewers’. Commercially, it is important to create a brand out of a film just like the Golmaal series. If the audience accepts your characters, it will translate into good box-office numbers.
Gabbar Is Back is worthy of a sequel because we can have a new agenda, a new story, a new concept, asking the youth of the country to stay on the right path. Any good film with a good story idea which is well made on a decent budget has scope for a sequel. Viewers are keen to watch good stories like ABCD 2, a dance film that is keenly anticipated. A film which can take the story forward can have a sequel, not a film which is a hit. Nowadays, almost every hit film is coming back again as a sequel but a good story is the key. I doubt sequels are made mostly of successful films. It has to add value.
Sequels are the latest trend industry. Any movie which leaves an impact on the audience can potentially have a sequel. However a sequel is always intentionally or unintentionally compared with the original film, therefore expectations are unusually high. Irrespective of the original / sequel, content always plays a vital role. Tanu Weds Manu Returns is a great example of a sequel which is grossing remarkable BO collections compared to its original instalment. I think Queen deserves a sequel, and also films like Baby and Holiday, which have the potential to take the story forward.
To make a sequel, it is important for the film to have brand value. If the film has good content and good characters that can take the story forward, it merits a sequel. I think films like Baby and Holiday have the ability to have many instalments, not just one sequel. Piku and Queen too have strong content, which can be carried forward and made into sequels. In Hollywood, they cash in on a brand. The recent Mad Max: Fury Road is the fourth instalment of the Mad Max series and was made more than two decades after the third instalment. So it doesn’t matter when you make a sequel; all that matters is that you have good content to justify the sequel.
From the recently released films I believe Shoojit Sircar’s Piku should have a sequel as it connects with the family audience and has a chance to take story to next level. Audience would want to know what happened with Piku’s character further. In our industry sequels have become very common but a sequel which is commercially viable is Dhoom as they always come with a bigger one. Also one should make a sequel only when there is buzz and excitement among the audience to watch the film.
I believe Piku is one film that has the potential for a sequel. Queen too has the kind of content that can be carried forward. Both films had strong female characters supported by exceptional content. To make a sequel, one must have content that has the ability to outdo the original film. The success of a film should be a barometer to make its sequel and, undoubtedly, the content should have the ability to engage the interest of the audience, like it did in the recent film Tanu Weds Manu Returns. The film has strong content and the narration was far superior to that of Tanu Weds Manu.
I think Tanu Weds Manu Returns deserves a third instalment. Any film which made money and has a story with the potential to move forward should have a sequel. A sequel should not be made if its story or plot is no better than the previous one. Sequels should only be made if the maker has something more to offer than previous film because expectations are doubled.
I’d actually like two films to have sequels – Gabbar Is Back and Tanu Weds Manu Returns. While the character of Gabbar, portrayed by Akshay Kumar, about to be hanged at the end of the film, the sequel could begin by showing how he is allowed to get away with capital punishment. It could then follow his journey and his fight against another social issue, which I am sure the audience would enjoy watching. A sequel to Tanu Weds Manu Returns would certainly be commercially viable and the popularity of the franchise will help it draw great numbers. Besides the success of its predecessor, the scope for the story to be taken forward or the popularity of the lead characters is extremely important for a sequel to be considered. Munnabhai and Circuit, and Jai and Ali and Chulbul Panday are characters who are essential elements in their respective franchises.
Sequels to Queen, English Vinglish and Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara would most definitely be commercially viable bets. I believe that the content of a film always wins at the box office, and a sequel should have stronger content than its previous instalment, to be able to engage the audience. Tanu Weds Manu Returns is the best example of this. The film had a stronger narrative than Tanu Weds Manu and better content too, which the audience fell in love with. I believe a sequel to Karan Arjun would also be a sure-shot winner as the film had all the right elements to entertain and its sequel would be spectacular to watch on celluloid.
The one film that truly deserves a sequel is Queen. The film had all the right ingredients to engage the audience and Kangana Ranaut has proved, time and again, that she can carry a film to success solely on her shoulders. Other films that deserve a sequel are Baby, Aashiqui 2, Dum Laga Ke Haisha, Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani, Bol Bachchan and OMG – Oh My God. These films had strong content and also endings that could easily be carried forward. To make a sequel, the first thing that matters is commercial success. Other than that, the film should end at an interesting point, from where the story can be taken forward.