The trend of making sequels of any hit film has become a trend in Bollywood. Some of the famous sequels include- Golmaal Series, Dhoom series, Race series, etc. However, it is an unsaid notion that sequels are not as successful as the actual one! Apart from this, another new trend that is going overboard these days is making a biopic or real-life based movies then whether it is the terrorist attacks or any historical movie, various films unintentionally became the sequels of another.
The story of these films looks quite similar and do follow the same plot! However, no one ever thought that these films can be related to each other but they truly seem to be sequels of one another. So, let’s have a look at such movies of Bollywood:
Mughal-E-Azam and Jodha Akbar
Mughal-e-Azam is a 1960 Indian epic historical drama film directed by K. Asif and produced by Shapoorji Pallonji. Starring Prithviraj Kapoor, Madhubala, Durga Khote, and Dilip Kumar, it follows the love affair between Mughal Prince Salim (who went on to become Emperor Jahangir) and Anarkali, a court dancer. Salim’s father, Emperor Akbar, disapproves of the relationship, which leads to a war between father and son.
While, on the other hand, Jodhaa Akbar is a 2008 Indian historical romance film, co-written, produced and directed by Ashutosh Gowariker. It stars Aishwarya Rai and Hrithik Roshan in the lead roles, with Sonu Sood, Kulbhushan Kharbanda and Ila Arun in supporting roles. The film centers on the romance between the Mughal Emperor Jalal-Ud-Din Muhammad Akbar, played by Hrithik Roshan, and the Rajput Princess Jodhaa Bai who becomes his wife, played by Aishwarya Rai.
This is a true example of an un-intentional sequence as in 1960, K.Asif unleashed the love story of Salim and Anarkali on the big screen and Akbar was portrayed as the one who wasn’t a supporter of love. The movie was a true delight to watch but in 2008, Ashutosh gave us a treat with his super hit movie Jodha Akbar and showed the love story of Jodha and Akbar which seemed to be a prequel of Mughal-e-Azam!
Amu and Firaaq
Amu is a 2005 drama film directed by Shonali Bose, about the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. The film is based on Bose’s novel of the same name. It stars Konkona Sen Sharma, Brinda Karat, and Ankur Khanna. Amu is the journey of Kajori Roy, a 21-year-old Indian American woman who has lived in the US since the age of 3. And after graduating, she goes to India where she meets Kabir, a college student from an upper-class family who is disdainful of Kaju’s wide-eyed wonder at discovering the “real India”. Undeterred, Kaju visits the slums, crowded markets and roadside cafes of Delhi. In one slum she is struck by an odd feeling of déjà vu. Soon after she starts having nightmares.
While, on the other hand, Firaaq is a 2008 Hindi political thriller film set one month after the 2002 violence in Gujarat, India and looks at the aftermath in its effects on the lives of everyday people. It claims to be based on “a thousand true stories”. Firaaq means both separation and quest in Arabic. The film is the directorial debut of actress Nandita Das and was a multi-starrer film.
It was a pure coincidence that Amu ends with a scene where the news of 2002 Gujarat riots being started was broadcasted on the television. In fact, Nandita Das’s Firaaq did a mindblowing job by showing the sheer terror, hopelessness and madness!
Kaum De Heere, 31st October, and Amu
Kaum De Heere is a Punjabi movie based on the lives of Satwant Singh, Beant Singh, and Kehar Singh, the Sikh Bodyguards who assassinated the former Indian Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi. The Delhi High Court (on 29 August 2019) has allowed the release of Punjabi film “Kaum De Heere” which was slated to be released in August 2014 and set aside CBFC’s earlier order withdrawing movie’s certification for public screening.
On the other hand, 31st October is an Indian Hindi-language historical action drama film directed by Shivaji Lotan Patil and produced by Harry Sachdeva. The film, based on a true story, focuses on the aftermath of Indira Gandhi’s assassination which occurred on 31 October 1984. The film starred Vir Das and Soha Ali Khan in the lead roles and was released on 21 October 2016.
It was a mere coincidence that Kaum De Heere, that was based on Indira Gandhi’s assassination, sparked off major riots where Sikh was massacred. It is on the back-drop of these horrible riots that film Amu starring Konkana Sen Sharma is based on. And 31st October was also the one which was based upon the aftermath of the assassination.
Raazi and Ghazi Attack
The Ghazi Attack is a 2017 Indian war film written, and directed by Sankalp Reddy. The film, based on the mysterious sinking of PNS Ghazi during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971, was shot simultaneously in Telugu and Hindi and dubbed into Tamil. The Ghazi Attack is inspired by true events from the Indo-Pakistani war of 1971. The story is about an executive naval officer of the Indian Submarine and his team, who remain underwater for 18 days. The film explores the mysterious circumstances under which submarine PNS Ghazi sank off the coast of Visakhapatnam in 1971.
While, Raazi a 2018 Indian Hindi-language spy thriller film that stars Alia Bhatt and features Vicky Kaushal, Rajit Kapur, Shishir Sharma, and Jaideep Ahlawat in supporting roles. The film is an adaptation of Harinder Sikka’s 2008 novel Calling Sehmat, a true account of an Indian Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) agent who, upon her father’s request, is married into a family of military officials in Pakistan to relay information to India, before the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971.
The connection between the two is established from the fact that when real Sehmat passed many information intel, one of the most important was the information she sent about Pakistan’s plan to destroy INS Vikrant, which is crucial to the Indian Navy at the time. In Sankalp Reddy’s Ghazi attack, we see that a piece of important intelligence information makes sure that the Indian Navy manages to save INS Vikrant. That information, of course, came from Sehmat, Alia’s character in Raazi.
India’s Most Wanted and Batla House
India’s Most Wanted is a 2019 Indian Hindi-language action thriller film directed by Raj Kumar Gupta, and starring Arjun Kapoor. The film is about tracking a terrorist in a secret mission and arresting him without firing bullets. India’s Most Wanted is inspired by the arrest of proscribed organization Indian Mujahideen (IM) terrorist Yasin Bhatkal, also referred to as India’s Osama Bin Laden, near the India-Nepal border in August 2013.
Whereas, Batla House is a 2019 Indian Hindi-language action thriller film, directed by Nikkhil Advani. Inspired by the Batla House encounter case that took place in 2008, the film stars John Abraham opposite Mrunal Thakur. Abraham’s character Sanjay Kumar is inspired by Sanjeev Kumar Yadav, the police officer who played a crucial role in the encounter. The story showcases the encounter and in its aftermath, Sanjay’s struggle to catch the fugitives and prove the encounter wasn’t a fake one, while dealing with nationwide hatred and posttraumatic stress disorder.
So, did you notice any connection between the two? Well, in Batla House, the Bhatkal brothers are mentioned as the masterminds throughout and it is also mentioned that two people escaped the encounter. In Arjun Kapoor’s movie, he captures Yasin Bhatkal, one of the Bhatkal brothers and aid reveals himself to be Faizullah Akhtar who escaped the Batla House encounter! Surprising, Right??