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 movie..
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.