Top 10 Bollywood sequels that are better than the original ones
Bollywood is terrible at two things: producing quality horror films and superior follow-ups to hit movies.
Even while we both agree that no sequel, no matter how amazing, can ever compare to the original, there have been some good sequels that were at least as good as the first. When making a sequel to a classic, directors are under pressure to live up to the standards and expectations of the public, and the majority have failed miserably.
Some people have, however, genuinely done a good job at it. Every time you see a sequel movie, a wave of nostalgia is unavoidably released. There have been several smashes hit sequels in the Bollywood cinema community. Some sequels succeeded to get more cheers and generate more revenue than the original film, however many sequels failed to live up to the audience’s expectations following the first film.
The cliffhanger left at the end of the previous movie and the manner it continues the legacy of the script are two things that make a sequel movie greater than the first. Sometimes it’s about removing a movie’s clunkiness and putting the emphasis on enjoyment. Here are a few Bollywood sequels that smashed the first films’ box office records. Here are 10 Bollywood sequels that lived up to the hype and drew audiences in with the same fervor as the original film:
1. Tanu Weds Manu Returns
Tanu Wedding Tanuja Trivedi (Kangana Ranaut), a daring and combative character, and Dr. Manu Sharma, a placid character, were in love in the film Manu (Madhavan). What happens after the ‘happily ever after’ in this chalk and cheese narrative that made for a wonderful movie? especially if your happily ever after involves someone you don’t have any interests with?
Four years into their marriage, the pair bicker about how insufferable they have become to one other in the opening scene of Manu Returns, which is a humorous yet absurd counseling session (suspiciously staged in a London mental hospital). According to Tanu, she still adores Manu but has grown to dislike him. Manu erupts and is admitted into the institution after being driven insane by Tanu’s exhausting zeal for life, a quality that is more charming in a lover than a wife. Tanu goes back to his native Kanpur.
Now, the fact that Tanu’s homecoming seems like one of our own is unquestionably a wonderful testament to filmmaker Anand L. Rai (and the prior movie). Tanu is likewise thrust back into her environment as memories of the events and the people resurface. When she arrives in Kanpur, she boards a rickshaw being pulled by an ex-boyfriend and slyly inquires, “Aap mere bare mein sochte ho? Hast tu sochte ho? (Are you still considering me? When?)
You realize how much you’ve missed this spitfire, who is the stuff of legend, as Tanu adds his wicked smirk to his quiet (she is even referred to as Batman in her mohalla for her antics). Tanu Wedding Tanuja Trivedi (Kangana Ranaut), a daring and combative character, and Dr. Manu Sharma, a placid character, were in love in the film Manu (Madhavan). What happens after the ‘happily ever after’ in this chalk and cheese narrative that made for a wonderful movie? especially if your happily ever after involves someone you don’t have any interests with?
In Tanu Weds Manu Returns, the pair bicker about how unbearable they have become to one another four years into their marriage during an amusing yet absurd counseling session that is strangely set in a London mental institution. According to Tanu, she still adores Manu but has grown to dislike him. Manu erupts and is admitted into the institution after being driven insane by Tanu’s exhausting zeal for life, a quality that is more charming in a lover than a wife. Tanu goes back to his native Kanpur.
Now, the fact that Tanu’s homecoming seems like one of our own is unquestionably a wonderful testament to filmmaker Anand L. Rai (and the prior movie). Tanu is likewise thrust back into her environment as memories of the events and the people resurface.
When she arrives in Kanpur, she boards a rickshaw being pulled by an ex-boyfriend and slyly inquires, “Aap mere bare mein sochte ho? Hast tu sochte ho? (Are you still considering me? When?) You realize how much you’ve missed this spitfire, who is the stuff of legend, as Tanu adds his wicked smirk to his quiet (she is even referred to as Batman in her mohalla for her antics).
A character named (Mohammad Zeeshan Ayyub, a mainstay of Anand Rai, who plays a lawyer who has moved into Tanu’s room) and Pappi (Deepak Dobriyal, who is terrific in certain places) join in, and the first half of the movie moves along like a German sports car. Pappi depart for London at this time to bring Tanu back from the asylum. After they arrive in India, Manu’s father gives him advice on the compromises needed to make a marriage work; this conversation takes place as Manu’s mother continuously quarrels. Manu makes the decision to file for divorce despite this.
2. Lage Raho Munna Bhai
A local thug named Munnabhai and his sidekick Circuit were portrayed on film in 2003. They gained recognition and affection, becoming the movie version of “soup for the soul.”
They were distinct characters drawn from real people, and once the movie came out, they developed a life of their own. They returned three years later in 2006. The movie does not revisit the same plot or additional characters, with the exception of the two main protagonists.
Boman Irani, Jimmy Shergill, and Kurush Deboo are also present. Gracy Singh is replaced by Vidya Balan, while Diya Mirza and a few new names are also included. And while you do get your fill of maamus and Mumbai-speak, a jaadu ki jhappi is the one thing you miss the most.
The late Sunil Dutt, who played Dutt’s real-life father in the last movie, now shares screen time with Mahatma Gandhi, who is portrayed by Dilip Prabhavalkar. This time, Munnabhai encounters Bapu and surrenders his weapon of violence; instead, he learns how to use love and nonviolence under Gandhi’s guidance.
If Munnabhai won hearts as a doctor, then he returns this time with an even greater heart.
The movie’s central theme—finding the Gandhi inside each of us—never comes off as didactic or preachy. Instead, the entire voyage makes you laugh and cry as it hits on a variety of topics including parental negligence, the stagnation of the elder generation, corruption, nasty builders, horrible manners, superstitions, and the full nine yards!
This time, Munnabhai undertakes dirty labor for builder Lucky Singh while still in love with radio personality Jhanvi (Vidya Balan) (Boman Irani). Singh is driven to marry his daughter off to the son of a very wealthy man, and he will stop at nothing to make it happen.
In a house named 2nd Innings, Vidya Balan and her grandpa reside with six other elderly men who have been abandoned by their families and society. Lucky Singh needs a home like this. As a result of these issues, Munnabhai fabricates an identity as a history professor in order to gain Balan’s affection.
Munna begins to see Gandhi, who forewarns him of problems ahead if he continues on his path of the gun. This just serves to further confuse Munna. When Munnabhai’s life falls apart around him, he embraces Gandhi’s values of truth and nonviolence in a series of touching and amusing incidents.
3. Phir Hera Pheri
Yes, Hera Pheri is a great comedy, and we were aware even before the film’s premiere that the sequel wouldn’t be as excellent.
Ganpatrao “Babubhai” Apte, Ghanshyam “Shyam,” and Raju become extraordinarily wealthy by using their wits. Each of them lives a very comfortable life with a vehicle, an opulent home with a gigantic pool that Babubhai has yet to become familiar with. After learning that he may quadruple his money in 21 days, Raju meets Anuradha, a gorgeous young woman from an agency in Bombay’s financial sector. Raju immediately agrees to invest this money when she tells him that the minimum investment is one crore.
The remainder of the money is obtained by convincing Shyam and Babu to sign away their respective stakes after he connives with another individual by the name of Pappu to part with 50 lakhs. When the group returns after 21 days to claim their fortune that has doubled, they discover that Anuradha and her business have vanished. Devastated, they vacate their home and are now residing in a squalid room in a Chawl when Pappu pays them a visit and demands the money back since he owes it to Tiwari, a dangerous Don.
The three decide to meet with Tiwari and beg him, but their efforts are fruitless. Next, they attempt to organize a heist, but that does not go well either. Then they learn that a wealthy Parsi guy has a collection of old guns that is more valuable than their loss. They intend to steal these weapons and work out a deal with Tiwari, but Murphy’s Law strikes again, and the unfortunate trio finds themselves on the run from a gang of criminals and assassins who will stop at nothing to get their hands on the weapons, including a man who can bite through steel and a faceless 8-foot monster.
4. Angrezi Medium
Angrezi Medium, starring Irrfan, Kareena Kapoor Khan, and Radhika Madan, is one of the most talked-about movies right now. The movie has been one of the most anticipated movies of the year, and with the release of the last Hindi Medium episode, there are a lot of high expectations for this one. There are several reasons why the movie is unique, and fans are well aware of the chief among them. The trailer does show an intriguing ensemble, in addition to a large number of supporting characters, so it is only fitting that the film contains a little bit of everything.
In a nation like ours, there have always been conflicting opinions on the subject of English. On the one hand, there is a generation like mine, which has been exposed to western culture more than my own, and on the other, there is a generation like our parents, which did place more importance on academics than language.
The movie has touched on a subject that may require all the attention it can get and may also leave you with an afterthought, ranging from Hindi Medium, where the mother is willing to do anything to enroll her young daughter in an English-medium school, to Angrezi Medium, where the father is willing to do anything because his daughter wants to travel abroad.
After all, she has this one opportunity to do so. The two films very gently depict how this is a never-ending conflict, but the person waging it sort of changes because the cause changes. The voyage of the father and daughter nicely depicts all that the daughter sees as well as a great deal of what the father experiences. Without seeming overly preachy, the movie depicts reality to a considerable part, even though the path to the outcome may or may not be straightforward or challenging.
5. Dhoom 2
As viewers, one thing we’ve observed is that, frequently, when producers announce the second installment of a movie following the very positive reception of the first film in the franchise, it falls short of what the public had hoped for. Rarely does a movie perform significantly better than the first act? Dhoom 2 by Sanjay Gadhvi, the director, turned out to be the exception.
Two years after Dhoom first reached theatres, Dhoom 2 was released. Even though the original Dhoom movie had enormous commercial success at the box office, Dhoom 2 much outperformed it! The Dhoom movie series now represents the fairly standard chor-police narrative that the Indian public is accustomed to witnessing on the big screen. But the additional glamorous masala is what distinguishes it.
Dhoom 2, which was published on November 24, 2006, obviously had the necessary tadka that we had a taste of in the first chapter, but, if it were even possible, it improved upon itself. In Dhoom 2, Hrithik plays a crook who has committed thefts all around the world and is wanted by the police. However, the police are unaware of his appearance because he is an expert at disguising himself. In this situation, the audience’s support would often be divided because there is both a nice man and a terrible guy.
Okay, we’ll also provide you with the elusive grey region known as the khalnayak. However, because of Hrithik Roshan’s aura on the screen, more people supported the villain than the hero. Was that a Bollywood first? In a manner, we’d answer “yes.” What do you consider to be the essential components of the ideal action-thriller? There are a few thrilling pursuit scenes, edge-of-your-seat moments, and some convincing action scenes.
Dhoom 2 has everything in the ideal amounts. Whether it was Hrithik’s first robbery in Namibia or the theft of a diamond from a Mumbai museum, these heart-pounding sequences and how they were carried out made a lasting impression on the audience.
Abhishek and Uday Chopra (Ali) are searching for a criminal who can quickly carry off a number of impossibly difficult robberies. Unfortunately, they have no chance of stopping this individual. The crowd was captivated by this never-ending cat-and-mouse pursuit from the very beginning.
In the bizarre but incredibly endearing 2003 film “Koi… Mil Gaya,” Rohit, a young man with learning disabilities, was given superhuman abilities by a benevolent alien that his father had sent to earth. These abilities—as well as the limelight—are transferred to Rohit’s muscular son Krishna (Hrithik Roshan; his father, Rakesh, directed the film) in “Krrish,” a rare Bollywood sequel. While Krishna lives in isolation with his excessively protective grandmother, his abilities—including the ability to outrun wild horses and glide across rivers and treetops—are being wasted.
Ching Siu-Tung’s choreography transforms the movie from a lighthearted romance to a superhero spectacle with a tone of jaw-dropping combat scenes. This occurs immediately after Priya, a cunning professional lady, lures Krishna to Singapore (Priyanka Chopra). She is an utterly unworthy and dull love interest who is, of course, the last to realize that Krishna is posing as Krrish, the mysterious guy in a mask who saves children’s lives before meeting the villain Dr. Siddhant Arya (Naseeruddin Shah).
He plays a significant role in Rohit’s life, and his appearance completes the narrative with a nod to the first book’s sci-fi elements. The movie “Krrish” is overly drawn out, schmaltzy, completely unoriginal, and dotted with unimpressive song and dance sequences. These components may be seen as obvious defects if they were present anywhere else. In Bollywood, these are not only to be expected but frequently portrayed as qualities, like in this movie.
7. Gangs of Wasseypur
It is the conclusion of the terrible life of the vengeful “Gangs of Wasseypur” and its sequel. Ramadhir Singh’s soldiers and Sardar Khan’s sons are at war, and until one of them is killed, knives are swung and bullets are fired.
This gang-conclusion, saga directed by Anurag Kashyap, is just as gory as the beginning (if not more so), but it’s more enjoyable to watch. Bursts of music are cleverly inserted throughout the narrative. He violates all tediously tried-and-true principles of Bollywood filmmaking with characters named “Perpendicular,” “Definite” (Zeishan Quadri), and “Tangent.” He calls this his “huge bang-bang idea.” Even yet, it only occasionally unleashes hilarious situations in the classic Bollywood way. In Wasseypur, there are plenty of criminals and residents who act and speak like a murderous Dutt or a very cool celebrity.
Even though Nawazuddin Siddiqui plays a character that is cunning, dramatic, and bodes doom, you end up liking him right away. He brilliantly blazes through this role, playing it either strongly or shallowly as required by his character. The pretty factor in Wasseypur is Huma Qureshi, with her garish attire and fancy sunglasses. Even in his darkest misdeeds, she is a powerful man’s “prouder” better half and does so with beauty. Richa Chaddha maintains her position in the follow-up as well; she is fantastic.
Zeishan Quadri leaves his stamp. ‘GOW II’ is an intriguing watch for the brave-hearted thanks to excellent performances, a screenplay that’s beautifully strung together (starring Zeishan Quadri, Akhilesh, Sachin Ladia, and Anurag Kashyap), a revenge story that touches a dramatic crescendo, and music that plays out perfectly in sync with tragic twists of the tale. The movie occasionally drags (with needless firearms, a bewildering cast, and unused subplots); the duration has to be drastically cut. However, aside from that, it’s retribution on a plate, served cold (heartedly), and worth a “second” helping.
8. Tiger Zinda Hai
Tiger Zinda Hai, the follow-up to the popular Ek Tha Tiger and an espionage action thriller that centers on a risky rescue mission in Iraq, was inspired by actual occurrences. Eight years after he fled with former Pakistani intelligence (ISI) agent Zoya, reclusive agent Tiger is found by Indian intelligence (RAW) when a group of Indian and Pakistani nurses is taken prisoner in Iraq by the extremist Abu Usman.
Tiger and Zoya join forces in the interest of humanity to lead a group of RAW and ISI agents into the hospital where the nurses are confined and rescue the nurses before an American airstrike destroys the facility. With intense action, thrilling music, and comedy, Tiger Zinda Hai is a full-on entertainer.
TZH is a mechanical, by-the-numbers picture that tosses at the spectator random allusions to present geopolitics but makes it a point to deny any relationship with reality. It was primarily filmed in Abu Dhabi, which passes off as war-ravaged Iraq. According to a pre-credits rider, the story’s “places and names” are entirely made up, but the movie is based on a real incident. We already would have been aware.
The character of Avinash Singh Rathore, “Tiger,” who is even more hyper-virile and stone-faced than he was in 2012’s Ek Tha Tiger, errs dangerously near to breaking point. The spy moves casually through the blazing inferno like a young boy swatting flies.
He has unrestricted permission to participate in highly unlikely action scenes where vehicles fly and flip before exploding and bullets are fired from a variety of weapons without end. Time and time again, our man Tiger comes out of it all unscathed and with not even a hair out of place. Tiger Zinda Hai is an exercise that ultimately sounds completely hollow despite being undeniably impressive in terms of its scope and faultless technical aspects – the production design is fantastic, the action sequences are spectacular, and Polish cinematographer Marcin Laskawiec’s camerawork is stunningly good.
9. Don 2
Farhan Akhtar’s 2011 action movie Don 2 is an Indian production. It is a follow-up to the movie Don: The Chase Begins Again from 2006. Shahrukh Khan and Priyanka Chopra play the key characters in the movie, and Om Puri, Lara Dutta, and Kunal Kapoor play supporting roles. Thailand, Berlin, Kuala Lumpur, and Switzerland were used as locations for Don 2. The story picks up where the first movie left off, starting in Malaysia and traveling to Europe where Don, who is now unquestionably the king of the Asian underworld, plans to take control of the European drug cartel.
Reliance Entertainment released and promoted the movie on December 23, 2011, in both 2D and 3D formats, along with dubbed Tamil and Telugu versions.
After a hiatus of over 5 years, Farhan Akhtar returns to directing with this movie. In addition, it is Khan’s comeback to playing villains after Darr and Baazigar, two of his previous movies. The first sequel in Khan’s two-decade career is Don 2.
When it was first released, foreign film critics appreciated it while Indian critics gave it positive to mixed reviews. Shahrukh Khan received praise for his performance, while the action, direction, and cinematography of the movie have all received positive reviews. However, the pacing and music have drawn some criticism. The movie went on to shatter several records at the box office both in India and abroad, including the greatest opening day grosser for a Friday without a holiday and the top-grossing Bollywood picture internationally in 2011.
10. Pyar Ka Punchnama 2
Pyar Ka Punchnama 2 offers everything you have said (or wanted to say) during that boys’ night with your friends: crib about being victims while women “used” you. This includes a quirky take on the government advertisement against the use of tobacco as well as silly and stereotypical portrayals of women. Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2 follows the love lives of three guys who are foolish enough to fall prey to three ladies, much like the original movie did. Pyar Ka Punchnama 2 covers everything you have said (or wanted to say) on that boys’ night with your mates, from a humorous take on the government advertisement against the use of tobacco to ridiculous and stereotyped portrayals of women.
The 2011 smash Pyaar Ka Punchnama sequel, directed by Luv Ranjan, opened in theatres on Friday. While the first movie received negative reviews for being misogynistic, the tale of three college freshmen who make a fool of themselves in love and Rajjo’s (Kartik Aaryan) final monologue remain two of the most frequently used quotes by men to “bitch” about women.
Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2 follows the love lives of three guys who are gullible enough to succumb to three women and their whims and fancies (who may not be specifically scheming or manipulative, but just take advantage of them). But the follow-up is much funnier than the first one, so much so that you are probably going to completely overlook the “anti-women” aspect of it.
The storyline twists and story are almost identical to those in the first movie. They could have just shown the same three lads and their idiocy four years later instead of giving them new names and making them into new characters, saving the sequel. Once more, the three established men fall in love with three very different types of women only to have them reject them in diverse ways. However, it has a tightly-knit narrative and the ideal dialogue for a comedy movie that will have the audience in splits.