Malayalam cinema industry has always been fond of the idea of sequels. There was a time when the industry was flooded with sequels and makers were going behind the idea of making sequels for successful films.
Here, we present certain Malayalam movies which have had the
most number of sequels. These are the films or franchises which
have had atleast three parts.
The first film of the series released way back in 1988 and the
film totally has had four parts in the form of Oru CBI Diary
Kurippu(1988), Jagratha(1989), Sethurama Iyer
CBI(2003) and Nerariyan CBI(2005). The fifth
installment is in the making and expectations are high on the
Dasan and Vijayan landed in our hearts through
Nadodikkaatu which released in 1987. Within a span of 3
years, the film went on to have 2 sequels, in the form of
Pattanapravesham(1980) and Akkare Akkare
Akkare(1990). Audiences are eagerly waiting for the fourth
part of this film.
The film Aavanazhi(1986) brought Inspector Balram to
the scene. The success of the movie paved way for a sequel named
Inspector Balram(1991) which again was a success. In 2006,
another film named Balram V/S Tharadas got released which
was a crossover film.
Ramji Rao Speaking
Ramji Rao Speaking which released in the year 1989,
went on to have a sequel in 1995 through the film Mannar Mathai
Speaking. In 2014, a film named Mannar Mathai
Speaking 2 got released which had the same characters.
In Harihar Nagar
In Harihar Nagar which released in 1990 has had two
sequels so far. 2 Harihar Nagar(2009)and In Ghost
House Inn(2010) are those two sequels to the original. All the
three were big successes at the box-office.
Bharathchandran, the firebrand Police Officer first appeared in
the film Commissioner which released in 1994. Later in
2006, Renji Panikker relaunched the character for the film
Bharathchandran IPS. In 2012, a crossover film named
King And The Commissioner got released, which had Suresh
Gopi essaying the same character
We saw Major Mahadevan for the first time in the film
Keerthichakra(2007). Later, Major Ravi used the same
character in 2 of his next movies, namely
Kurukshetra(2008) and Kandahar(2010).
Sequels always do come in with great expectations. Hence, less
often we see sequels outperforming the prequel, be it on the
quality side or even the box-office collections.
But, sequels do offer a good prospect for film-makers. It offers
the makers a perfect platform to start from. The above said
expectation helps them garner good collections and this is the main
reason why sequels are still in demand
Of late, there has been a change in the attitude. With the new
generation wave hitting the industry, we haven't seen many sequels
in the making and there was a dip in the demand
Recently, we heard that SN Swamy, Mammootty and K Madhu are coming together for the fifth installment in the CBI series. The CBI series is one of the most coveted franchises in Malayalam cinema and this might well bring the trend back to track.