Sequel stampede!

By Hindustan Times

If there’s one strong trend of 2012 rolling over into 2013 and promising to get even stronger, it is the trend of film sequels in India. While Bollywood released over eight sequels this year, it has already lined up around seven sequels for 2013 and announced at least six more, some of which will most probably also release in 2013.

Audience responses to sequels speak for themselves: a majority of the established original hits and more recent blockbusters have delivered successful sequels. Film sequels such as Don 2, Golmaal 3, Double Dhamaal and Murder 2 have delivered top opening weeks in Hindi cinema, in terms of net collections.

“Sequels are fun as we get to see an elaborated character with a better story-telling opportunity. It is like revisiting the known faces but with a different drama set and story,” said Ruby Mahalwar, 32, a software engineer and movie buff.

“In India, sequels have begun to work across