Se­quel craze hits Bol­ly­wood

It is some­times nec­es­sary to cast younger ac­tors in the se­quel to please Mil­len­nial au­di­ences or be­cause the orig­i­nal stars are un­avail­able

The Witness - - YOUR MONEY - BOL­LY­WOOD SPOT­LIGHT BY FAKIR HASSEN

DE­SPITE­re­cent­se­quels­not­do­ing­wellat­the­box­of­fice,­mak­ing­them­ap­pearsto­be­the­lat­est­trend­among­film-mak­er­sas­they­try­to­re­live­some­of­the­glo­ryof­films­go­ing­back­as­far­as­three­decades.

The­de­ba­cle­of­the­third­film­in­theYamla Pagla Dee­wana­fran­chise,­star­ring

vet­eran­ac­tor­Dhar­men­dra­and­his­son­sSunny­and­Bobby­Deol,­re­leased­a­fort­night­ago,­is­not­hold­ing­back­other­mak­ers­of­hit­come­dies­to­try­their­luck­too. While­most­of­them­have­stuck­to­the­o­rig­i­nal­stars,­oth­ers­have­had­to­changethe­ ac­tors­ to­ the­ new­ gen­er­a­tion­ toplease­younger­au­di­ences,­and­also­be­cause­the­stars­of­the­ear­lier­films­in­the­series­are­ei­ther­a­lit­tle­past­their­primeor­un­will­ing­to­take­a­risk.

Such­is­the­case­with­San­jay­Dutt,­whois­in­great­de­mand­af­ter­serv­ing­out­his­prison­sen­tence.

San­jay­ was­ ap­proached­ to­ join­ the­

team­ of­ the­ com­edy­ se­ries­ Dhamaala­gain­for­its­fourth­edi­tion,­but­he­po­litely­turned­down­a­spe­cial­ap­pear­ance­init.

The­ac­tor­cited­the­fact­that­he­wastoo­busy­with­other­projects,­but­in­sid­er­s­said­he­felt­ag­grieved­about­not­bein­gof­fered­a­big­ger­role­as­in­the­pre­vi­ous­films.

A­con­tem­po­rary­of­San­jay,­Ak­shay­Ku­mar,­is­more­con­fi­dent­about­repris­inghis­role­in­not­just­one­but­two­com­e­dyfran­chises.

He­will­be­seen­in­House­full 4 and­willalso­be­start­ing­work­on­ Hera Pheri 3soon.

It­will­be­a­wel­come­change­from­the­half­dozen­or­so­se­ri­ous­movies­he­scored­box­of­fice­hits­with­in­the­past­few­years,in­clud­ing­the­men’s­hockey­biopic­Gold,which­is­still­on­the­cir­cuit.

Ak­shay­was­ex­cel­lent­at­play­ing­thedead­pan­comic­hero­be­fore­he­ven­tured­into­al­ter­na­tive­roles.

And­he­is­not­let­ting­down­two­pro­duc­ers­who­gave­him­some­of­his­big­gest ever­hits­and­who­stuck­by­him­dur­inghis­dif­fi­cult­years­when­he­went­to­pris­on­after­ be­ing­ con­victed­ of­ in­volve­men­twith­ter­ror­ists.

He­has­agreed­to­work­on­a­se­quel­tothe­film­Sadak,­in­which­he­starred­with­Pooja­ Bhatt,­ the­ daugh­ter­ of­ vet­er­an­film-maker­Ma­hesh­Bhatt.

Bhatt­has­re­port­edly­been­work­ing­on­the­script­of­the­se­quel­for­sev­eral­yearsnow.­The­film­will­now­also­in­clude­hisy­ounger­daugh­ter­Ali­Bhatt.

San­jay­has­also­agreed­to­do­Munnab­hai 3,­which­his­friend­Ra­jku­mar­Hi­raniis­said­to­have­de­layed­pend­ing­his­re­lease­from­ prison­ rather­ than­ get­ting­some­one­else­to­do­the­role.

But­Ar­shad­Warsi,­who­played­Munnab­hai’s­love­able­side­kick­in­the­pre­vi­ous­films,­ might­ not­ be­ back­ with­ hiswitty­ one-lin­ers­ and­ laugh­ter-in­spiringan­tics.

Ac­cord­ing­to­in­formed­sources,­Ran­bir­Kapoor,­who­im­pressed­with­his­por­tray­alof­ Dutt­ in­ a­ bi­o­graph­i­cal­ filmabout­him­a­few­months­ago,­is­in­the­ run­ning­to­join­his­idol.

But­it­is­not­only­come­dies­which­arein­the­se­quel­bas­ket.

Hrithik­Roshan­is­work­ing­on­the­ac­tion­film­Kr­rish 4,­re­port­edly­with­soonto­be­mar­ried­Priyanka­Cho­pra­havin­gac­cepted­to­co-star­again.

Vipul­Am­rut­lal­Shah­is­get­ting­ready­for­ Com­mando 3­ and­ Ir­rfan­ Khan­ willbe­work­ing­on­Hindi­film,­Medium 2,­as­soon­as­he­re­cov­ers­from­an­ill­ness­for­which­he­is­re­ceiv­ing­treat­ment­in­Lon­don.

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