From Aashiqui 2 to Jolly LLB 2, 10 Bollywood sequels that worked without their original cast

Barring the ‘Krrish’ and ‘Dhoom’ series, it is quite uncommon for Bollywood filmmakers to stick to the same cast for their franchise films


Akshay Kumar in a still from ‘Jolly LLB 2’.
Akshay Kumar in a still from ‘Jolly LLB 2’.

New Delhi: Director Subhash Kapoor’s courtroom comedy, Jolly LLB 2 arrives in theatres this week. Like many others, for the sequel to his original film, Kapoor has found himself an entirely new cast, replacing lead actor Arshad Warsi with Akshay Kumar. Barring the Krrish and Dhoom series, it is quite uncommon for Bollywood filmmakers to stick to the same cast for their franchise films. Here’s a look at 10 sequels that worked without their original cast.

1. Jai Gangaajal (2016): Director Prakash Jha had Priyanka Chopra take over from Ajay Devgn in the sequel to his 2003 political drama, Gangaajal. The new film made Rs32 crore at the box office.

2. Tum Bin II (2016): Anubhav Sinha’s 2001 film starring Priyanshu Chatterjee, Sandali Sinha, Himanshu Malik, and Raqesh Vashisth was a sleeper hit at the box office. When Sinha made a sequel 15 years later with Neha Sharma, Aashim Gulati and Aditya Seal in the lead, it earned Rs4 crore in box office earnings.

3. Tere Bin Laden: Dead or Alive (2016): Director Abhishek Sharma first attempted the political satire in 2010 with Ali Zafar in the lead role. Six years later, the sequel that brought in Manish Paul and Sikander Kher on board, made close to Rs3 crore at the box office.

4. Aashiqui 2 (2013): Mahesh Bhatt’s iconic romantic musical, Aashiqui starring Rahul Roy and Anu Aggarwal was released in 1990. 23 years later, the Bhatts came up with the sequel directed by Mohit Suri featuring Aditya Roy Kapur and Shraddha Kapoor that also created a musical storm and minted Rs78 crore in box-office collections.

5. ABCD 2 (2015): The first part to Remo D’Souza’s dance drama series was made with Prabhu Deva, Ganesh Acharya and Kay Kay Menon in the lead roles. Aiming higher after its success, the sequel brought in Varun Dhawan and Shraddha Kapoor (along with Prabhu Deva), making Rs105 crore in 2015.

6. Ragini MMS 2 (2014): The sequel to the erotic horror film featured Sunny Leone instead of the original cast that included Rajkummar Rao and Kainaz Motivala. Directed by Bhushan Patel, it earned Rs45 crore in box-office collections.

7. Once Upon A Time in Mumbai Dobaara (2013): For his gangster film, director Milan Luthria switched to Akshay Kumar, Imran Khan and Sonakshi Sinha as opposed to Ajay Devgn, Emraan Hashmi and Kangana Ranaut in 2010’s Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai. The new film made Rs61 crore at the box office.

8. Murder 3 (2013): The Vishesh Films’ production opted for Randeep Hooda instead of Emraan Hashmi who featured in the previous two installments. The psychological thriller that co-starred Aditi Rao Hydari and Sara Loren netted Rs22 crore at the box office.

9. Jism 2 (2012): The Pooja Bhatt production was the Bollywood debut of actor Sunny Leone who, along with Randeep Hooda, replaced the original cast that included Bipasha Basu and John Abraham. The erotic thriller made Rs30 crore in box-office collections.

10. Raaz: The Mystery Continues (2009): The second part to the supernatural horror film series swapped Bipasha Basu and Dino Morea for Emraan Hashmi and Kangana Ranaut. The Mohit Suri directed venture made Rs25 crore at the box office.

All figures have been sourced from movie websites Bollywood Hungama and Box Office India

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