Malayalam film industry has a special attraction towards the sequel business. The industry has always fancied the chances of making sequels to any successful film.
But, the results have not been fruitful all the times. Here let us take a look at some of the successful sequels in Malayalam cinema.
It is a fact that sequels do guarantee a good opening for the film. The fan base that the prequels have would definitely ensure good initial returns for the film.
Pattanapravesham which came as a sequel to Nadodikattu was an instant hit and garnered wide appreciation. Unfortunately, the third part of the series, Akkare Akkare Akkare, directed by Priyadarshan wasn't a big success.
The film which brought back the character Inspector Balram from Aavanazhi was a big success back then. The third part of the film, which was titled Balram V/S Tharadas, went on to be a failure.
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This is one of the best sequels ever made in Malayalam films. The movie maintained the standards of the original and has got a cult fan following even now.
Raavanaprabhu, the sequel of Devasuram, came at the right time. The film which was the launchpad of Ranjith as a director was a mass hit.
The CBI franchise has four movies associated with it. Sethuramaiyyar CBI which was the third film in this franchise, went on to be a big hit. Incidentally, all the parts of the film received good reviews and have been a profit earners to the producers.
The firebrand Bharathchandran came back on screen to taste success. This sequel to Commissioner was a perfect comeback for Suresh Gopi and launched Renji Panikker as a director.
2 Harihar Nagar
This gang of four friends did really rock the screen when they came back after a gap of 18 years. 2 Harihar Nagar, earned good revenue, and is said to be a bigger commercial success than its original
But, most of the time we have seen the makers compromising on the quality of the sequels and striving solely on the goodwill that their prequels have formed.
In such cases, the film doesn't meet the expectations of the audiences and goes on to become a flop. Malayalam cinema has numerous such examples to show.
Seldom we see sequels bettering or maintaining the standards of the origin
Chenkol which released as a sequel to Kireedam, was a flop at its releasing time. But, later the film fetched good reviews and is now considered to be a film which is as good as its original.