The trend nowadays in cinema is to give take sequels to films that have been trademark films in their first installment. in some cases the sequels have been a total disappointment and not lived up to the expectations of the fans and have became a total dud at the box office. Here is a look at a few sequel’s in Tamil that have crashed in the box office
It is no doubt that Any Ajith film released in Chennai is nothing less than a celebration. The highly anticipated sequel to Ajith’s 2007 blockbuster Billa was released in 2012. The film was released just a few months after Ajith’s all time Blockbuster ‘Mankatha’. The film had high expectations and seeing Ajith again as the most favorite Don was something to look forward to, but sadly Chakri Toleti’s screenplay turns the hero into the formulaic figure of the ’60s, where he’s a demi-god and pretty much no one can touch him. For a film that’s supposed to document the making of the don of all dons, there are no striking insights into his character, which is a major let-down. The heroines have little to no role in the film. Numerous secondary characters arrive and vanish without a trace. Even the main antagonist ( Vidyut Jamwal) is a cardboard cut-out. The stunts are a joy to watch, while the SFX team transforms the gangster Billa into an utterly dull James Bond film armed with, what else, but more guns and girls. Yuvan Shankar Raja carries on ably with his signature score, and his Yedho Mayakkam is a pleasant listen. This is one film thala fans want to forget.
The sequel to Balaji Mohan’s 2015 blockbuster was nothing less than a total disappointment. He took a commercial route for the first time with Dhanush’s Maari, which hit the theaters in 2015. Three years later, he made a return with a sequel that suffers the same case as Maari. The Dhanush-starrer is a fun film which becomes over-stretched in the second half. The first half was a lot of fun with the killer dialogues but the second half was all over the place that made the film lose its stability and made its a tireless drag.The climax of Maari 2 featuring Dhanush, Krishna and Tovino is the most confusing one in recent times. The writing takes a severe beating and as a result, leaves the audience clueless. The film had had some unnecessary heroic stunts which looked like it was there just for the hype. And yet again, in many scenes Dhanush is seen trying to emulate Rajinikanth, especially the signature laugh. It was of no doubt that Yuvan Shankar Raja’s music adds a bit of fuel to the film, but Maari 2 still misses Anirudh Ravichander’s work, which was one of the selling points of Maari. Director Balaji Mohan’s Maari 2 could have been a fun commercial outing, but the climax is utterly disappointing
It will known that director Hari loves to make films where the protagonist plays the role of a cop. He has made Suriya’s ‘Singam ‘a franchise where each film has turned out to be a blockbuster and gives a clue to the next installment. He has done the same with Vikaram’s Saamy where it tells ‘Saamiyin vettai thodarum’, implying that the hero would continue his hunt for criminals. But sadlly the sequel to the 2003 blockbuster Saamy was an utter disappointment and nothing less than an overdose of noise and baseless action sequences. Hari is known for engaging the audience with elemental features in his screenplay.However, in Saamy Square, he fails to take the story forward with the usual vigor he is known for, in the first half. A slow-folk number during the early phase of the movie didn’t help the pace one bit. Saamy Square is way different from the earlier episode, be it the treatment or the characters involved. This flick is way louder and less slick. Even Aishwarya Rajesh’s acting looked very plastic and didn’t boost the film in any way. Vivek had left the audience in splits with his comedy scenes in the first installment but sadly Soori’s comedy was dull and irritating. But what is truly unforgivable is that it ruins our memories of the first film. Vikram looks handsome and he fills the screen with his presence. But even his acting skills cannot save this mess. The screenplay for Saamy Square probably reads as an endless series of slaps.
Ko 2 released in 2016 was the sequel to KV Anand’s 2011 blockbuster film KO which had given a new angle to the field of journalism. Ko 2 hit the marquee and except for the title, the film bears little resemblance to the first part. As the film progresses the real plot is shown in a rather drab and tedious manner . Despite mouthing loud, clever dialogues on the current political situation in the state, Bobby Simha appears totally uncomfortable playing the lead. His accent is more pronounced and the tendency to imitate the mannerisms and gestures of Superstar Rajinikanth is obvious. The background score by Leon James is adequate but the romantic numbers seem totally out of context. Director Sarath’s intentions may have been good but Ko 2 is too dreary to make an impact compared to the first installment which remains a cult classic.
The prequel as well as Sequel to the 2013 action flick Viswaroopam was released 5 years after facing a lot of hurdles.The film stars Pooja Kumar, Andrea Jeremiah, Shekhar Kapur and Rahul Bose alongside Kamal Haasan. Unlike Vishwaroopam, an edge-of-the-seat thriller, the sequel feels like political propaganda. Fans got to see more of the politican Kamal haasan and less of the actor Kamal Haasan. Despite a few moments that click, the sequel fails to live up to the first installment in terms of character and poor narration.The action set pieces also suffer in comparison to Vishwaroopam. The biggest problem of Viswaroopam is that Kamal Hassan had directed the film as a director and not a filmmaker. Fans got to see more of the politician and the spy Visam is lost in the background.