It's the season of Bollywood remakes. While sequels have a bad reputation of bombing at the box office (case in point: SOTY 2), there are a few movies that deserve a second installment to recapture the old magic. The latest film to join the bandwagon of sequels is the Akshay Kumar and Vidya Balan starrer Bhool Bhulaiyaa. While Priyadarshan directed the original, the new film will be written and directed by Farhad Samji.
One of its kind in Bollywood, Bhool Bhulaiyaa is an Indian psychological thriller film that released in 2007. A crossover between horror and comedy, the film was critically acclaimed and was also a huge commercial success. Vidya Balan's performance as Avni is still considered iconic and regarded as one of her best till date. Her alter ego Manjulika managed to creep the bejesus out of me, so much so, that whenever I listened to Aami Je Tomar, I ran in the opposite direction.
The movie was an instant hit with the audience, courtesy its comic timing and a storyline that kept the viewers on tenterhooks. A tale of suspense and spirits, some eerie scenes in the movie were not for the faint-hearted. Akshay Kumar, a bankable comic actor, emerged as the star of the film, no questions asked! He was a renowned psychiatrist who adopted an unconventional approach to treat Avni, a victim of dissociative identity disorder. The nail-biting climax and the puerile humour involving Paresh Rawal and Rajpal Yadav are the reasons to watch this film.
Bhushan Kumar's production house T-Series has registered the title for Bhool Bhulaiyaa's sequel and will soon start working on the project. If reports are to be believed, Akshay Kumar is likely to be roped in for the sequel too.
The 2007 horror-comedy will get a second part as soon as the producer of the first film, Bhushan Kumar, approves the sequel. A leading daily quoted a source as saying, "Bhushan wanted to make a part 2 of Bhool Bhulaiyaa for a while now and has cracked an idea with Farhad Samji, who will be writing and directing the film. It is in the development stage and will feature a fresh cast. Once the final script is locked, the team will kick off casting and other pre-production formalities."
Director Farhad is currently working on Housefull 4, which also features Akshay Kumar in the lead role. Farhad is also working on the upcoming Varun Dhawan and Sara Ali Khan starrer Coolie No 1.
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