As today marks end of Ramadan and start the celebrations for Eid, Salman Khan also brings in his star power and gravitas with his introduction in the hugely successful ‘Race’ movie franchise.
Salman Khan’s entry into this movie market for franchises marks the allure that has struck the Indian audiences when it comes to sequels and prequels of moderate to mammoth successes of movies. There was a time when most producers did not encourage projects keeping sequels in mind. However, as the tides turn, so does the taste of the Indian lovers of cinema. Now, producers are pushing for movies which have a sequel in mind, perhaps a trilogy, by adding more of the big names to the already ensemble main cast.
Bearing these points in mind, let us have a look at 10 Bollywood movie franchises (at least 3 instalments) which have rocked the box office.
You cannot mention the words ‘movie franchise’ without uttering ‘Dhoom’ in a similar context. Arguably the biggest Bollywood franchise of the moment, exuding vibes similar to that of the ‘Fast and Furious’ series, the three instalments in the franchise have all had ensemble casts. In fact, John Abraham, Hrithik Roshan and none other than Aamir Khan have played the three antagonists in the series. Such huge names are bound to attract attention in order to recompense the large budget, and the franchise has recently crossed the 500 crore rupees mark in the box office.
Although Rohit Shetty is known mainly for his outrageous action movies, with their stunts defying laws of physics, none can deny his comedic acumen when paired with his directorial tenets. His ‘Golmaal’ series has been one of the most successful franchises in the history of Bollywood, with the four movies amassing almost 400 crore rupees in the box office. The series starred actors like Ajay Devgn, Arshad Warsi, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Tusshar Kapoor to name a few and has also attracted the likes of Ratna Pathak and Mithun Chakraborty.
Hate Story (2012-2018):
Erotic thriller franchises are pulling their weight in the Indian film industry. Another added to the list of franchises includes a series by none other than Vikram Bhatt. The entire franchise is apparently a cult hit amongst the audience members, as it has grossed well over 1 billion rupees in the box office. Sharman Joshi, Urvashi Rautela and even Sunny Leone have been roped in to ply their craft in the series.
Slapstick comedy never seems to go out of style when it comes to catering the Indian audiences. Another comedy franchise, ‘Housefull’, has also rocked the box office with the three instalments mustering a total just shy of 300 crores. Akshay Kumar and Riteish Deshmukh have been the mainstays of the series so far, and have added actors such as Jacqueline Fernandez and John Abraham.
Koi Mil Gaya to Krrish (2003-2013):
Rakesh Roshan’s desire to create an Indian superhero, with his son Hrithik Roshan playing the lead role has definitely paid off dividends. The ‘Krrish’ franchise remains one of the most successful franchises of this era of Bollywood, with the three films garnering acclaim and positive audience reception, leading to a 300 crore rupees hit in the box office.
Slapstick comedy mingled with crude humour, the comedy franchise catering solely to adults has been a target for quite a few critics due to its depiction of women. However, that has not hampered the franchises march in the box office, with the three movies in the franchise making slightly over 125 crore rupees in the box office. The franchise stars Vivek Oberoi, Aftab Shivdasani along with Riteish Deshmukh as the main cast.
Another franchise by the one and only Vikram Bhatt, this franchise shifts the scene from horror to that of erotic thrillers. Although the movies have not garnered critical acclaim as such, the reception of the audience has been much more positive. Emraan Hashmi and Randeep Hooda have plied their craft in this series, which has made well over 70 crore rupees with its three constituents.
Ram Gopal Verma has been known for his expression of current political situations through the art of filmmaking. It is this expression that is most evident in his political thriller franchise, ‘Sarkar’. The three movies that have been released so far under this banner have done marginally well, but have delivered sound socio-political allegory to cater to a more mature audience. Of course, it also helps to have Amitabh Bachchan leading the series.
It is quite apparent that both the Bhatt brothers are fans of the horror genre, this time with Mukesh Bhatt dabbling and taking a piece of the cake. The ‘Raaz’ franchise has been known for using the medium of MMS as its modus operandi, with the four instalments bagging a little over 120 crore rupees. The series has roped in stars such as Kangana Ranaut and Bipasha Basu, with Emraan Hashmi remaining loyal to the Bhatt brothers in their projects.
Although ‘Dhoom’ exudes vibes of the ‘Fast and Furious’ franchise, ‘Race’ is a franchise which is actually based off of it. With its latest instalment featuring the talents of Salman Khan and Jacqueline Fernandez, the third movie is surely going to propel the franchise to greater heights in order to compete with the bigger names in the Bollywood industry of film franchises.
Honourable mentions: Yamla Pagla Deewana, Dhamaal, Hera Pheri, 1920