2016 has been the year of forgettable sequels that fell flat on their face at the box office.
Starting with Kyaa Kool Hai Hum 3 to the most recent Rock On 2, 2016 has been a year of forgettable sequels. Kahaani 2 looks like the latest addition to the club, with critics praising the acting skills of Vidya Balan and Arjun Rampal but panning the film for its predictability and failing to live up to Kahaani.
Kahaani kept us hooked with its engaging plot; there was more to Vidya Bagchi than meets the eye and we did not see the twist ending coming. With the sequel, you know how the film will end well before it does.
Many believe that sequels are the easy way out for filmmakers. If it has worked once, why not again, right? But as this year’s box office report would show, most sequels were unable to piggyback on the success of the original. Here are a look at some sequels that failed to impress.
With Gangaajal, which was loosely based on the Bhagalpur blindings, director Prakash Jha perfectly recreated the dark underbelly of a corrupt and claustrophobic Bihar. The film was lauded for the great performances and compelling story. Jai Gangaajal, however, squandered the chance to make an impact with its promising premise. Critics panned it as superficial and lacking the depth of the original Ajay Devgn-starrer.
Ghayal: Once Again
Ghayal was not only one of the highest grossing films of 1990, but a runaway hit which went on to win several accolades. The film is perhaps best remembered for Sunny Deol’s dynamite dialogue delivery. Remember his indignant, “Utaar ke phenk do yeh vardi aur pehen lo Balwant Rai ka patta apne gale mein”? 26 years later, Sunny failed to recreate the magic of the original and what we had on screen is a terribly made film with over-the-top action.
Rock On 2
Rock On achieved cult status for the freshness with which it depicted the struggles, conflicts and eventual redemption of a rock band. We were emotionally invested in the film, and the rock music, a departure from the usual Bollywood fare, struck a chord with us. Rock On 2 failed to recreate the ‘Magik’ (the band name) of the original and the music, which was one of the high points of the Rock On, was mediocre.