Movie Sequels That Outshone Their Prequels

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It’s not easy following the footsteps of a great star or making successful sequels. When the bar is set high, it is difficult to replicate the success as the same recipe may not work with the audience on a repeated basis. Unlike Hollywood, where no movie is complete without at least a 3-­part deal, the art and craft of ‘sequel making’ is relatively new to Bollywood. Nevertheless, there are a few gems that have proved to be good and on a few rare occasions, even better than their prequels. Here are the top 5 movie sequels that outshone their prequels :

1. Aashiqui and Aashiqui 2

Some of us might not have watched Aashiqui but it definitely was a hit in its time. The sequel, Aashiqui 2, certainly had its fair share of criticism or more appropriately ‘trolls’ but its fabulous music (Tum Hi Ho, the ultimate lovers’ song) and great on­screen chemistry of Aditya Roy Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor won the hearts of many.

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2. Hera Pheri and Phir Hera Pheri

Paresh Rawal as Baburao Ganpat Rao Apte was the most hilariously insane character seen on-screen. The trio of Paresh Rawal, Akshay Kumar and Sunil Shetty brought back the magic and insanity of this comedy movie with the sequel, Phir Hera Pheri. I mean, who doesn’t know Totla Tiwari! This sequel recreated the insanity and laugh-till-it-hurts phenomenon once again.

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3. Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. and Lage Raho Munna Bhai

The prequel to this series was so new in its story that it is appreciated till date. Raj Kumar Hirani, being the genius that he is, managed to write a script which was funny yet so much more. Its sequel, Lage Raho Munna Bhai, followed up Munna Bhai’s story with an unexpected companion; the Father of the Nation himself. This movie was not only appreciated nationally but also won hearts globally, what with being the first Hindi film to be showcased at the United Nations.

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4. Dhoom and Dhoom 2

NOT Dhoom 3. That was possibly the most boring Aamir Khan movie I’ve seen till date, no matter its ‘box office collection’. However, Dhoom 2 was a praiseworthy follow up to John Abraham Dhoom. Hrithik Roshan as the uber cool thief was a class apart, as were the action sequences. The Abhishek and Uday Chopra duo retained their hate-love charm and who can forget Aishwarya Rai in Crazy Kiya Re? Overall, this was a sequel that was as good as its predecessor.


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5. Tanu weds Manu and Tanu weds Manu Returns

The dry spell of sequels tanking at the box office was broken by Tanu weds Manu Returns. When its prequel released in 2011, there weren’t many expectations but the movie did surprisingly well, with Tanu Chaturvedi and Manu Sharma, and not to forget Pappiji! It’s sequel TWMR not only did well at the box office but won the approval of the critics too. This laugh out loud movie saw Kangana Ranaut in a double role and credited her as one of the leading actresses of Bollywood.


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