Back in the olden days when Akshay Kumar wasn’t busy doing only patriotic movies (I mean there’s nothing wrong with that. It’s just monotonous), he was flexing his comedic muscles quite a bit. And that resulted in one of the funniest, yet horrifying, movies Bollywood has ever produced and its name is Bhool Bhulaiyaa. Unfortunately, (or fortunately, how you might want to see this development), the movie is getting a sequel with Kartik Aaryan.
The Priyadarshan directed movie which released in 2007 was an official remake of the 1993 Malayalam film, Manichitrathazhu, starring Mohanlal and Shobana. It had a stellar cast with names like Vidya Balan, Shiney Ahuja, Ameesha Patel, Paresh Rawal, Manoj Joshi, Rajpal Yadav, Vikram Gokhale, Rasika Joshi, and Asrani, who gave pitch perfect performances. The songs still continue to be some of the best songs featured in a Bollywood movie. The script written by Neeraj Vora, based on the story by Madhu Muttam, was crisp and ended on a note that concluded the arcs of each character in the movie. But for some reason, Bhushan Kumar decided to return to this world. Back in July, Mumbai Mirror had reported that,
“While the makers have locked the idea, the script is still to be finalised. But the idea was shared with Kartik who liked it and has agreed to take the franchise forward with the story set in a metropolis.”
Apparently, Bhushan Kumar always wanted to make a sequel to Bhool Bhulaiyaa and now he has roped in Aaryan to lead the movie and Anees Bazmee to direct the movie. Aaryan himself took to Twitter to announce the news while T-Series posted the first look of the movie via their social media accounts.
And here’s how desi Twitter has reacted to this revelation:
Akshay sir ke bina flop hogi kitna bhi poster m Akshay sir ka style copy kar lo but tumse na ho payega.
Comedy king Akshay kumar h aur rahega
Now, if you’re scratching your head, trying to understand why the powers that be came to this decision, let me stop you right there because the reason’s not that complex. Bhool Bhulaiyaais still one of the best horror-comedies and Stree has breathed new life into the genre. And even though if you think Aaryan practically does the same thing in every movie he stars, you have to accept the fact that anything he’s touching is turning into gold, e.g. Pyaar Ka Punchanama 2, Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety, and Luka Chuppi. So the producers are trying to combine the two things and earn tons of money in the process.
However, here are a few problems. Firstly, the premise of Bhool Bhulaiyaa was interesting because it was set in a rural area, thereby challenging Aditya to mix modern techniques with religious rituals to solve the problem. In doing so, the movie critiqued ancient beliefs with something as factual as science. If they do the same in a movie which is set in the cities, they’ll probably end up establishing the importance of religion, patriarchy and undo everything that the first movie had done. Secondly, it looks like the poster (particularly the one with the skulls with googly eyes) that the movie is going to firstly going to be a comedy, and a character-driven horror movie second or even completely remove that element. Want to why I think so?
Well, then please step into my third reason: sequels with a whole new cast don’t work! Bollywood followed up Welcome with Welcome Back without Akshay Kumar or Katrina Kaif and substituted quality jokes with tiring attempts to make the audience laugh and it flopped. Then came the sequel to Namastey London, Namastey England, which had Arjun Kapoor and Parineeti Chopra and that movie focused on the romantic angle instead of understanding the cultural differences we’re facing now. And then came the sequel to Atithi Tum Kab Jaogewhich starred Kartik Aaryan himself, Guest Iin London, which was just bad in every way possible. So, I guess you get the gist of the story now.