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While there is still news of a sequel to Mr India and with a Ragini MMS 2 on the anvil in 2014, we cannot understand the fascination of filmwallahs to create a new instalment of their hit films. Here are a few sequels of last year which didn’t work for us – even if some of them made Rs 200 crore or Rs 100 crore at the box office – and some sequels we really liked. Check out out list.

Dhoom 3:

Yash Raj Films’ Dhoom franchise continues with this superb thriller of a film, a first-of-its-kind for Bollywood audiences. Aamir Khan is the best thing about Dhoom 3 and then there are other good things like cinematography, action and of course, Katrina Kaif.

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Satya 2:

Satya 2 is a dud created out of a classic gangster flick, Satya, by the director of the first part itself. Satya 2 is not really a sequel in that it does not take the story forward but tells a different tale. Ram Gopal Varma could’ve called it something else and made a better film. The lacklustre cast also does not add to the proceedings.

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Krrish 3:

OK. You liked it, but we didn’t. The second part of Krishna aka Krrish’s adventurous life (third film in the franchise) was a mish-mash of a film and felt like it was made keeping the kids in mind – only the kids, i.e.!

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Aashiqui 2:

This film was a remake but was titled like a sequel. We loved the original Aashiqui too much to give this one any bhav, but when we saw the hot lead pair of Aditya Roy Kapur and Shraddha Kapoor, we were excited about it. To top it, the songs stole our heart. Aashiqui 2 was not a bad film at all.

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Once Upon Ay Time in Mumbaai Dobaara:

The first part really appealed to audiences for real-life gangster Haji Mastan’s story and also the performances. The retro look and styling and the melodious music added to it. But the sequel, although based on real don Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar and his muse Mandakini, was nowhere close to the first film. Once Upon Ay Time in Mumbaai Dobaara was a love story disguised as a gangster flick! We wonder how it still managed to be in the Top 10 movies of 2013, until Goliyon Ki Raasleela – Ram-Leela dethroned it.

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Yamla Pagla Deewana 2:

Dharam Paaji and his sons Sunny and Bobby Deol scored with Yamla Pagla Deewana with a lot of onscreen fun, laughter and decent acting. The family bonding and chemistry came across in a better fashion than in their film Apne. But YPD 2 – even with the added ‘attraction’ of an orangutan – just didn’t click with audiences.

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Race 2:

Its ensemble cast notwithstanding, Abbas Mustan’s Race was a thrilling experience with its twists and turns. But the sequel was more of a ‘been there, done that’ kind of story-viewing experience.

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Murder 3:

While Murder (2004) was a hit and Murder 2 (2011) a blockbuster, the third film in the franchise came too soon we feel. The three films didn’t have any connection except that they are murder mysteries. And that Murder 3 is also a remake of a firangi film. We think apart from the story, not having Emraan Hashmi – who played the lead in the first two films – on board was a mistake. The makers – Emraan’s family members – should’ve convinced him to go for it. Hottie Randeep Hooda could not recreate or rather match up to Emraan’s trademark raw style. Or maybe the girls Esha Gupta and Aditi Rao Hydari weren’t as intriguing as Mallika or Jacqueline? Or did it need a villain like Prashant Narayanan in Murder 2? Whatever…the result wasn’t great.

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Grand Masti:

Mind you – it made Rs 100 crore at the box office. But is that reason enough for lovers of good cinema to like a sex comedy that even the average educated male found distasteful? The sex-starved minds of the semi-literate masses thought otherwise, though. Sigh! We just hope there isn’t another sequel – Mega Masti or something – coming up!

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Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster Returns:

The first part of the Tigmanshu Dhulia franchise – starring Mahie Gill, Randeep Hooda and Jimmy Shergill – surprised us in the same way that Ishqiya and Vidya Balan did. Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster Returns – that added Irrfan Khan and Soha Ali Khan to the cast – was equally well made.

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Shootout at Wadala:

Shootout at Wadala is also not a sequel technically. It was just second in a series of films – the first one being Shootout at Lokhandwala – that are based on real-life cop encounters with the underworld in Mumbai. If you ask us, the first film was better.

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P.S. While on sequels, we’re still waiting for Kamaal R Khan’s Deshdrohi 2 – announced long back – to start filming. The actor is too busy tweeting and is not giving us a chance to dissect another one of his wannabe performances!

Photos: Publicity stills | Imaging: Jyoti Desale