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10 Most Disappointing Sequels of Hit Films

February 26, 2015 09:09 IST

These sequels have failed to match up to their first installments.

Ab Tak Chappan was a brilliant film when it released in 2004, and its sequel -- releasing this Friday -- has very high expectations to live up to. 

Quite a few sequels in the past have failed to match up to their first installments.

We take a look at 10 sequels that truly disappointed us.

Yamla Pagla Deewana 2 

Image: Dharmendra, Bobby and Sunny Deol in Yamla Pagla Deewana 2 poster

The sequel earned even less than the first film despite increased ticket prices.   

Yamla Pagla Deewana 2 had a feeble plotline. The onus was on the narrative to be fun and interesting with the entire Deol family around to get the laughs.   

None of that happened.

Read the review here

Murder 3 

Image: Randeep Hooda, Aditi Rao Hydari and Sara Loren in Murder 3

Murder was a success.

Murder 2 was an even bigger success.

Murder 3, which was directed by the Bhatt scion Vishesh, failed to even take off. 

In Murder 3, there wasn’t any murder at all. An official remake of a Spanish film, the Randeep Hooda-Aditi Rao Hydari-Sara Loren film had its moments, but audiences gave it the cold shoulder. 

Read the review here

Jannat 2

Image: Esha Gupta and Emraan Hashmi in Jannat 2

This one was also from the house of Bhatt, and was a disappointment though its predecessor Jannat was a surprise success. 

Jannat 2 had a better opening and collected a little more too. But the Emraan Hashmi-Kunal Deshmukh starrer was a pale shadow of the earlier film and put an end to any further installments. 

Read the review here

Singham Returns

Image: Ajay Devgn in Singham Returns

When a film creates a record for the biggest opening day takings ever, and features the most successful actor-director pairing in current times, one expects the franchise to go on and on. 

However, after a terrific opening, Singham Returns started sliding down at a rapid pace. 

Read the review here

Race 2

Image: Saif Ali Khan, Deepika Padukone and John Abraham in Race 2

Race 2 had a better opening thanks to the brand value built by the first film.

However, even Saif Ali Khan admitted in the opening weekend that it could have been better. 

The film was glitzy and stylish but didn't have the twists and turns that had made Race such a massive entertainer. 

Race 3 is in the pipeline but it has to be much better. 

Read the review here

Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster Returns

Image: Randeep Hooda, Mahie Gill and Jimmy Shergil in Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster

With the addition of Irrfan Khan to the sequel of the much enjoyable and successful Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster, one expected the film to reach greater heights.

The promos of Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster Returns were promising as well. 

But despite good performances by Irrfan, Jimmy Shergill and Mahie Gill, the film lacked the chutzpah of the original. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't half as good.

Read the review here

Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai Dobaara

Image: Akshay Kumar, Sonakshi Sinha and Imran Khan in Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai Again poster

The Ajay Devgn and Emraan Hashmi starrer Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai was one of the most entertaining gangster thrillers to have come out of Bollywood. 

However, the magic was missing in the sequel, starring Akshay Kumar, Imran Khan and Sonakshi Sinha.

The tight narrative that one expects from director Milan Luthria was missing in the sequel, which stopped being exciting halfway through. 

Read the review here

Jism 2 

Image: Randeep Hooda and Sunny Leone in Jism 2

Jism 2 had a very good start and pretty much recovered its costs in the first weekend. It crossed the lifetime business of Jism. 

Much of that initial success was impelled by the curiosity to see Sunny Leone make her Bollywood debut. 

But the Pooja Bhatt directed film came crashing down soon after because it wasn't a patch on Jism

Read the review here

Bheja Fry 2 

Image: Kay Kay Menon and Vinay Pathak in Bheja Fry 2

Bheja Fry went from strength to strength on the basis of excellent word of mouth publicity.

Its sequel Bheja Fry 2 went down like ninepins after a quick-fire start that helped it recover its costs.

The stage, setting, plotline and characters of Bheja Fry 2 were so misplaced, that one couldn't see this as being a sequel at all. 

Read the review here

Satya 2 

Image: Puneet Singh Ratn in the Satya 2 poster

For Ram Gopal Varma, who was reeling from a series of flops, the last straw was Satya 2

The film was a huge blow to his credibility. It was burdened with poor production values and poorer performances. 

It was the least promoted sequel of all time and failed to create any buzz whatsoever. 

Read the review here