PIX: Bollywood's Ten Most Awesome Sequels
For the most part, we haven't quite got the hang of sequels.
Most of the ones that release now have little -- if anything -- to do with the original films, and most are shameless attempts to cash in on originals that clicked.
However, some sequels -- and here I am forced to use the term somewhat loosely -- are a joy.
They take what we loved in the original, and match it, or, if we're lucky, amplify it. Here then, in no particular order, are ten times I think sequels really did it right:
Lage Raho Munna Bhai
One of the greatest sequels in all of cinema, Rajkumar Hirani's followup to his Munna Bhai MBBS is as good as movies can get.
Ambitious enough to aim for Gandhian teachings, humour, romance and fraternal affection, not to mention eye-moistening emotion, this film is a triumph on every level.
Image: Sanjay Dutt, Arshad Warsi and Vidya Balan in Lage Raho Munnabhai
Hrithik Roshan, Bipasha Basu and Aishwarya Rai were buffer than ever, in teensy clothes and objectified as shinily as could be.
If not anything else, definite bang for thy buck.
Image: Uday Chopra, Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Hrithik Roshan and Bipasha Basu in Dhoom 2
Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster Returns
This one, all dialogues and dhamakedaar drama, is a much more well-rounded standalone piece.
Image: Jimmy Shergill, Mahie Gill, Irrfan Khan and Soha Ali Khan in Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster Returns
Naram Garam might not be in the Golmaal league, but definitely has its moments, some of which involve a most adorable Shatrughan Sinha.
Image: Shatrughan Sinha and Amol Palekar in Naram Garam
Badti Ka Naam Dadhi
Kishore Kumar's Badti Ka Naam Dadhi is a critically derided dud, a film considered unworthy to be mentioned alongside the unforgettable Chalti Ka Naam Daadi.
Yet this is an insanely absurdist film, one far ahead of its time and one that reaches near Monty Pythonic levels of absurdity.
Hunt it out, if only for the scene where KN Singh's Kharak Singh walks out of prison and Kishore Kumar, as the film's director, appears to stop the film and redirect the scene, unsatisfied by the lack of dramatic bird-love.
Image: A scene from Badti Ka Naam Dadhi
It's not a great film -- and Naseeruddin Shah is plain embarrassing -- but it is a huge leap forward from the first movie, and Hrithik is in fine form as he flies through the air showing off his screen-presence.
Image: Hrithik Roshan in Krrish
Gangs Of Wasseypur 2
Opinion is divided about which is the better Anurag Kashyap film (which isn't the same as the truer Anurag Kashyap film) but I'm firmly on the side of the second part, mostly because the first one indicated what to expect.
Also, Nawazuddin bloody Siddiqui.
Image: Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Huma Qureshi in Gangs Of Wasseypur 2
Main Khiladi Tu Anari
Ripped off from The Hard Way, the wonderfully cast Main Khiladi Tu Anari played to its actor's strengths and gave us Akshay at his most likeable and helped us, for the first time, to warm up toward Saif Ali Khan.
Image: Akshay Kumar and Saif Ali Khan in Main Khiladi Tu Anari
Hero No 1
The David Dhawan film was yet another Bawarchi retread but the Govinda-Dhawan combination was bulletproof at the time.
It isn't a franchise per se, given that Govinda and Dhawan did several similar comedies throughout the decade, but that No 1 tag does help to rank the actor's extraordinary infallibility at the time.
Image: Govinda and Karisma Kapoor in Hero No 1
Johar Mehmood In Hong Kong
Johar-Mehmood in Goa came first, and the equally ludicrous sequel -- which showed off the 'bigger and better' thing by being set abroad -- provided huge belly laughs.
Image: Movie poster of Johar Mehmood In Hong Kong