Sequel season dawns on Bollywood

Apr 3, 2006 Priyanka Khanna

New Delhi, April 2 (IANS) Sequel fever is setting in on Bollywood with the first of many such films announced with much pomp and show earlier ready to go on the marquees.

While last year many A-list Hindi filmmakers went to town about their intentions of churning out sequels of their own films or re-makes of golden oldies, the second quarter of the year 2006 will see some of them bare their wares.

"Boo - Darna Zaroori Hai", a sequel to "Darna Zaroori Hai" from the stables of maverick filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma, will be the first of the many coming up soon.

Up next will be "Phir Hera Pheri", a sequel to hit comedy "Hera Pheri"; "Krrish" that hopes to duplicate the success of "Koi Mil Gaya" and "Dhoom 2", a follow up of "Dhoom". Another eagerly awaited sequel is to "Munnabhai MBBS".

In addition, David Dhawan is working on Act II of "Mujhse Shaadi Karogi" in a

comic caper titled "Jaaneman". Even producer Ektaa Kapoor is threatening to

come back with episode two of the truly awful crass comedy, "Kyaa Kool Hai Hum".

This is rather surprising considering that ultra-superstitious Bollywood has traditionally found sequels to be unlucky territory. Having burnt its fingers with the few it has tried, Bollywood has generally shied away from sequels.

Bollywood filmmakers had earlier tired their hand on sequels with "Nigaahein" - a sequel to Sridevi's super hit film "Nagina" - that failed to win the box-office.

From then on, sequel was an alien word for Bollywood. More recently, director Mahesh Manjrekar scooped a sequel "Hathyar" to his highly successful film "Vaastav" with disastrous results.

The fact that sequels are ready to grace the Indian marquees again after a long gap, speaks volumes about the changing face of Indian cinema.

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