Sequels that turned out to be surprisingly good!
Some movies end in such a way that we are left wanting more. That’s when a sequel becomes necessary. While sometimes these sequels may have not been able to meet our expectations, most of the time they have been surprisingly good. Here’s a list of such sequels that turned out to be surprisingly good.
1.Drishyam 2 (2021)
Sequel to Drishyam (2013)
When the Drishyam team announced the sequel to the superhit thriller drama, there was an air of confusion. Many including me thought, ‘Is this even necessary?’ If it turns out to be a disaster, then it would affect the general perception of the first part too. But then the maker of the film Jeethu Joseph convinced us that part two was indeed a great decision. The story starts after seven years from where it ended and as the first part, this one too simply blows our mind. Drishyam 2 turned out to be a surprisingly successful sequel. The only complaint the audience had was the decision to release it on a digital streaming platform and not in the theatres. People would have flocked to the theatres otherwise, no doubts.
2. Lage Raho Munnabhai (2006)
Sequel to Munnabhai MBBS (2003)
It is always challenging to make a sequel to a hit film. But Rajkumar Hirani seems to know the formula for a hit sequel and does the same with Lage Raho Munnabhai. The story does not start from where the prequel Munnabhai MBBS ends. It is just the characters that repeat, and not all the characters, just Munnabhai (Sanjay Dutt) and Circuit (Arshad Warsi). Though some would disagree with me here, I felt this one was far better than the first part. Lage Raho Munnabhai is rich in drama, comedy, and emotional aspects. There are more characters and more thought-provoking subplots that win our hearts.
3. Tanu Weds Manu Returns (2015)
Sequel to Tanu Weds Manu (2013)
The prequel Tanu Weds Manu was a film that turned out to be a game changer for controversial actress Kangana Ranaut. It paved way for many off beat performances in her career. The film explores the quirky love between Tanu (Kangana Ranaut) and Manu (R Madhavan), two extremely contrasting personas. Though the film ended happily, with Tanu and Manu getting married, the sequel explores the complicated marriage they fall into. Things get out of hand and their marriage comes on the verge of extinction. To incorporate an exciting factor, Kangana plays her look alike Kusum. Manu falls for Kusum only to further mess up things.
4. Dhoom 2 and Dhoom 3
The Dhoom franchise has become a landmark in Hindi cinema. The money heist action drama has always managed to win over the audience. Dhoom 2 had Hrithik Roshan and Aishwarya Rai to spice things up and elevate the thrill. The third part had Aamir Khan, donning the hat of a cunning circus guy who robs a bank to seek vengeance. Every sequel turned out to be better than the previous one.
5. Gangs of Wasseypur 2 (2012)
Sequel to Gangs of Wasseypur (2012)
Anurag Kashyap had initially made a single film that spanned for over five hours. Since no Indian theatres would agree on running such a long film, Anurag Kashyap had divided the film into two parts- Gangs of Wasseypur-Part 1 and Gangs of Wasseypur-Part 2. The film is based on the coal mafia of Dhanbad and underlying politics and power struggles between three families.
6. Mannar Mathai Speaking (1995)
Sequel to Ramji Rao Speaking (1989)
Though the first part Ramji Rao Speaking is always going to be the funniest Malayalam movie ever made, the second part was not bad either. Ramji Rao Speaking had three people with their own set of problems who get involved in some trouble. The second part Mannar Mathai Speaking continues right from where the first part left off. There are some new additions and some new sets of problems that accompany the three leads.
7. Aadu 2 (2017)
Sequel to Aadu (2015)
Who imagined that the sequel to a flop Malayalam movie would turn out to be a blockbuster hit! It is the trust put by the producers that inspires me here. They trusted the director and went for the kill anyway. The outcome was one of the funniest movies in Malayalam cinema. Aadu 2 has a different storyline though it takes references from its prequel. All the characters repeat their appearances and give us a celebration worth remembering.
So, which is your favorite sequel? Tell me in the comments
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