What happens in the writer and director's mind when they actually sit and pen down the story for the second time? What tumult of emotions goes through their minds when they take upon such a laborious activity? This could be a good topic to make a spoof on sequels of Bollywood that rain on the audience without prior notice.
When Yamala Pagla Dewana 2 released in the theatres, it did give the impression that a few sequels are made for kicks. Filmmakers get a kick out of doing them. It's just a pleasurable activity they do to kill this 'abundant' time. But they are being quite selfish, aren't they? Not thinking about the audience at all. This Promise Land of sequels reaps no outcomes, most of the time, except for a few exceptions. A few sequels like Munnabhai MBBS, Dhoom, Aashiqui2, and many others must have done well, there's no denying that. However, Bollywood's pipe dreams of making thoughtless sequels need to come to a halt. You can also say that Bollywood's ideal of making a sequel is to retain the same star cast of the original movie and create a story that has the same theme but no correlation to the previous story. It changes the whole meaning of a sequel. In Bollywood, a sequel need not be a continuation of the previous version of the film. That's Bollywood for ya! They do it their way and call it a sequel.
The question is what kind of Bollywood sequels will render good results? Aashiqui2 was a dark horse. It created a very different kind of magic the second time and kept the promise of being an astounding musical, staying faithful to the original USP of the movie. Mohit Suri is a director with exceptional vision and insights. Most of his movies prove that.
Most of the sequels made by the Mahesh Bhatt brigade such as Murder 2, Raaz2, Raaz3, etc, have succeeded. The plot of each of these franchises was well thought and well made. You would not mind refilling your popcorns a couple of times while watching them. You can safely say, sequels are very much their domain, apart from making splendid musicals.
Golmaal 2 was good enough but the third part was a bit of a bummer. Likewise, Bhoot Returns, Bheja Fry 2, Once Upon a Time in Mumbai2, were struggling hard to make a mark. So, the question arises again, looking at the mixed bag of success and failures. Should Bollywood stop making sequels? The answer is clearly no, they shouldn't stop. They just need a good screenplay and an insightful director to make it work.
It would be interesting to watch a sequel of movies like Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na, Wake Up Sid, Rockstar, Bhool Bhuliya, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, Delhi Belly, Dil Chahta Hai, etc. We can safely say, when it comes to sequels in Bollywood, you do see the light at the end of tunnel. But then, you need an artisan mind to dig up that tunnel. Instead of making remakes from Tollywood or Hollywood, sequels can create the much-needed furore and curiosity as the audiences is already anticipating the outcome.