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Bollywood sequels to look forward to in 2015

salmankhankick1If reports are to be believed, a sequel to Sajid Nadiadwala’s blockbuster hit of the year, Kick, is already underway. According to a report in DNA, Sajid Nadiadwala has registered the title Devil which implies that talks of a sequel are on. A source has been quoted in the report as saying that Sajid Nadiadwala was very happy to the response that the ‘Devil’ song garnered and post rumours that the sequel would be called Devil, Sajid thought it would be apt to register the title. However, the source also insists that Sajid is quite busy with his production ventures what with Saif-Katrina’s Phantom, Ranbir-Deepika’s Tamasha, Varun-John-Jacqueline’s Dhishoom, Tiger Shroff’s next and Akshay-Abhishek-Riteish’s Housefull 3, all lined up for release in the 2015 and 2016. In such a situation, it would be impossible for the filmmaker to direct a film. Salman too has many films in his kitty to be able to allot dates to the sequel. The source hence speculates that the film can only go on the floors after two years.

Don: When the Shah Rukh Khan-starrer Don 2 hit theatres in 2011, the film’s director Farhan Akhtar told a section of the media, “I need a break from action films. As a director, it’s my right to explore different things.” Three years after that dismissal, Farhan is returning to direction and the genre with the third part of the Don franchise. And SRK will again lead the cast. Confirming this, Farhan’s business partner, Ritesh Sidhwani said:“How can I do Don without Don? SRK is Don and Don is SRK.”The film has been in the works for some time and buzz is that Farhan, Ritesh and their team have already completed almost 50 per cent of the script. Mirror has it that the actor had several meetings with Farhan and Ritesh during a short break after the release of Chennai Express in 2013. He has since met the duo several more times to fine tune the modalities of for the third instalment of the commercially successful franchise. However the film’s leading lady has not yet been cast. Priyanka Chopra had toplined the cast in the first two instalments.

Welcome: After the success of Welcome (2007), director Anees Bazmee is all set to direct the film’s sequel, Welcome Back. While the original starred Akshay Kumar, Anil Kapoor, Nana Patekar, Katrina Kaif, Paresh Rawal, Mallika Sherawat and Feroz Khan, Welcome Back will also be a multi-starrer with a stellar star cast that includes the likes of John Abraham, Anil Kapoor, Nana Patekar, Dimple Kapadia and Shruti Haasan, to name a few. Welcome Back is slated for a January 23 release. Nana Patekar and Anil Kapoor are expected to reprise their roles of Uday Shankar Shetty and Majnu Bhai from the original and the music for this film has been composed by Anu Malik and Anand Raj Anand.

OMG – Oh My God!: Umesh Shukla’s 2012 release, OMG – Oh My God! is slated to have a sequel. This satirical comedy has been adapted from the Gujarati play Kanji Virudh Kanji. Based on the concept of blind faith in God and how a common man dares to sue Him, the film did extremely well at the box-office, which is probably why the makers are gearing-up for a sequel which is expected to release on February 15. According to a report on bollywoodhungama.com, actors Paresh Rawal and Akshay Kumar will co-produce the sequel.

ABCD – Any Body Can Dance: Ace choreographer-turned-director Remo D’Souza is making a sequel to his 3D dance film, ABCD: Anybody Can Dance, that released in 2013. While ABCD had a series of professional dancers including Prabhu Dheva, Salman Yusuff Khan, Lauren Gottlieb and Punit Pathak alongside Kay Kay Menon, the sequel will feature the newest heartthrob in Bollywood – Varun Dhawan. Joining him will be the pretty and petite actress Shraddha Kapoor. While Varun plays a waiter in the sequel, Shraddha plays a hairdresser. ABCD 2 is slated for release on June 26.

No Entry: Salman Khan is on a roll. After the stupendous success of Kick, the actor is busy shooting for Sooraj Barjatiya’s Prem Ratan Dhan Payo, wherein he plays a double role, that of Prem and Ratan. Now we learn that the actor will also play a double role in Anees Bazmee’s No Entry Mein Entry, which is a sequel to Bazmee’s 2005 flick, No Entry. A Bollywood Hungama report says that the director is busy re-working the physical appearance of the two characters played by Salman in No Entry Mein Entry. Interestingly, Salman will be called Prem in this film too which is expected to release in 2015. Anil Kapoor and Fardeen Khan will join the cast in the sequel.

Tanu weds Manu: Anand L Rai’s Tanu Weds Manu stunned everyone with a fair box-office collection. The film which released in 2011, starred R Madhavan, Kangana Ranaut and Jimmy Shergill – all of whom will also be seen in the film’s sequel. Kangana will play a double role in the film – one as Tanu, who is married to Manu (R Madhavan) and the other as a Haryanvi athlete. Director Anand L Rai was quoted saying in an interview to The Times of India that while the first film delves in pre-marital complexities, the sequel explores conflict in marital life. “The plot is funnier, more twisted, and my cast is having a blast. They will journey through Lucknow, Kanpur, Delhi and parts of Haryana and London too,” said Anand.

The Xpose: The Himesh Reshammiya-starrer is also ready for a sequel. Starring Yo Yo Honey Singh, Sonali Raut and Zoya Afroz, besides the musician-turned-actor, the film has been directed by Anant Mahadevan. Himesh is apparently very excited about the sequel. In an interview to Bollywood Hungama, Himesh was quoted saying, “I’m truly excited for the sequel of The Xpose and happy for my dad, that I have given him a hit franchise as he is the official producer of the film.” The sequel is expected to release on May 29.

Housefull: After the success of Housefull and Housefull 2, director Sajid Khan will not direct the third installment of the franchise. Replacing him will be writer-turned-director duo of Sajid and Farhad, whose last outing on the silver screen was the Akshay Kumar and Tamannaah Bhatia-starrer, Entertainment. While the earlier two films were high on the entertainment factor, part 3 promises to be no different. According to a report on zeenewsindia.com, producer Sajid Nadiadwala was quoted as saying, “I’m happy to team up with Eros once more for this very popular series. Housefull 3 will be bigger and funnier and we are confident that together we will once again successfully present some wholesome entertainment to the audience, worldwide.”

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