Tamil Cinema’s New Found Love for Sequels!

Establishing a franchise to attract audiences is one of the proven success formulae in Hollywood. After the Himalayan success of Baahubali 2 (all-time biggest hit in Tamil), producers have started approaching directors and actors to rehash their old hits to set the cash register ringing.

Even before Baahubali 2, Tamil cinema had a few sequels including Kamal Haasan’s Japanil Kalyanaraman (average at the box office), Suriya’s Singam II (blockbuster), Ajith’s crime thriller Billa 2 (disaster), director Pandiraj’s kids film Pasanga 2(above average), Venkat Prabhu’s sports comedy Chennai 28 II innings (hit), horror thriller Pizza 2( flop), Lawerence’s horror comedy Kanchana 2(blockbuster) Sathyaraj’s political satire Amaidhi Padai 2(flop) and Nan Avan Illai 2 (disaster).

While some of the films including Suriya’s Singam II, Chennai 28 II innings and Kanchana 2 were hits, the majority of sequel attempts were not profitable ventures to the buyers. As a matter of fact, the third installment of Singam franchise (Si III) was a colossal flop at the box office. But the recent mammoth success of Baahubali 2 has once again encouraged Tamil producers to start investing in the sequels.

Let’s not include Kamal Haasan’s Vishwaroopam 2 and Rajinikanth’s ‘2 Point 0’ in this list as the shoot commenced long back and both the films are expected to release in the first half of 2018.

Recently, at the Bigg Boss reality show, Kamal Haasan and director Shankar announced that they will be joining hands for Indian 2 next year.

Indian 2 is indeed a big surprise for Kamal’s fans because the multi-faceted veteran actor had almost stopped working with big directors due to creative differences.

In the last ten years, Kamal’s Vettaiyadu Vilayadu (directed by Gautham Menon) and Dasavatharam (story by Kamal, directed by KS Ravikumar ) and Papansam (remake) are the three Tamil films in which the actor worked with proven directors.

Now, after twenty two years (first part of Indian released in 1996), Shankar and Kamal Haasan are all set to work in Indian 2, which clearly speak volumes on the demand for sequels in Tamil cinema

The shoot of Saamy Square, the sequel of another leading Tamil star Vikram’s Saamy (2003) is progressing at a brisk pace. National Award winning actor Dhanush is expected to start shooting for Maari 2, the second part of his gangster action masala entertainer with director Balaji Mohan by the end of this month. The actor’s gangster trilogy ‘Vada Chennai’ with director Vetri Maaran will also be releasing in three parts.

Tamil Film Producers Council’s President and Nadigar Sangam General Secretary Vishal’s first big blockbuster Sandakozhi will also have a sequel, the first schedule is underway in a large set erected in Chennai city. Director Sundar C, whose much-publicized period war drama film ‘Sangamithra’ got delayed due to extensive pre-production work is currently busy with Kalkalappu 2, the sequel to his super hit 2012 Tamil comedy film.

Other upcoming sequels

Thiruttu Payale 2, the only hit of director Susi Ganesan’s only hit Thiruttu Payale (remade as Shortcut Romeo in Hindi) will be hitting the screens on December 1.

The other sequels in the pipeline are Raghava Lawerence’s horror comedy Kanchana 3, CS Amudhan’s Tamizh Padam 2 (first part is the first spoof film in Tamil) , con-heist thriller Sathuranga Vettai 2 featuring Arvind Swamy and Trisha Krishnan and comedy Superstar Vadivelu’s period comic film Imsai Arasan 23am Pulikesi 2 with director Chimbu Devan.

Popular demand from fans

Due to the new found craze for sequels, fans of leading actors and directors are also expressed their wish for the possible sequels of the following films on social media…

Thuppakki 2 (Actor: Vijay, director: AR Murugadoss)

Mankatha 2 (Actor: Ajith, director: Venkat Prabhu)

Manmadhan 2 (Actor: STR, director: STR)

Thani Oruvan 2 (Actor: Jayam Ravi, director: Mohan Raja)

Pudhupettai 2 (Actor: Dhanush, director: Selvaraghavan)

Ayirathil Oruvan 2 (Actor: Karthi, director: Selvaraghavan)