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Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Bollywood: Enough of Sequels

Have you ever tried to find out the link between the numerous sequels of Housefull or Golmaal?

No, because there isn’t any.

A sequel is meant to develop the already established plot in the first movie of the series. Film students have always been told that in order to break the already established rules of filmmaking one needs to know them well. Similarly, filmmakers in Bollywood always aspire to break the rules. Breaking rules are fine but what matters is, on what grounds you break the rules.

As per definition, a sequel is a published, broadcasted or recorded work that seeks to develop the theme or the story of the earlier one.

Think about it – directors like Rohit Shetty and Sajid Khan have been the pioneers of this disappointing trend in Bollywood which only focuses on adding the succeeding ‘whole number’ to the name of a film regardless of whether it is in actuality a sequel or not.

Numerous film ventures in Bollywood and their unmatched success has its roots in the audiences expecting their successive parts. As we know, a successful industry always functions on the demand-supply model.

The psychological mindset of the audience ends up wanting more from a 2-hour film, these wants are fulfilled through means of SEQUELS.

Here’s a list of films that belong to this category —

  • ABCD 3 sequel to: ABCD and ABCD 2
  • Hera Pheri 3 sequel to Hera Pheri and Phir Hera Pheri
  • Tere Bin Laden Dead or Alive sequel to Tere Bin Laden
  • Ghayal Once Again sequel to Ghayal
  • Great Grand Masti sequel to Grand Masti and Masti
  • Hate Story 3 sequel to Hate Story 1 and 2
  • Housefull 3 sequel to Housefull 1 and 2
  • Dabangg 3 sequel to Dabangg 1 and 2

This trend of “sequels” in Bollywood is ascending and is on its way to overpowering the very idea of films with unique and new plots.

Boredom has always been a recurring state of feeling in the audiences mind and the rate at which it recurs is quite often. Not long before this trend will lose its popularity amongst the audiences and their psyche.


Written by Smita Ganguli
Aspiring cyber journalist but too damn opinionated.

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