This is the season for summertime sequels – only if it were not for the pandemic. While movie sequels may sometimes a curse and sometimes a blessing, when it comes to Pakistani cinema, quite a few films such as Na Maloom Afraad and Jawani Phir Nahi Aani have had successful sequels which were nearly as entertaining as their originals. It goes on to show that with the right kind of directorial vision and a solid script, great films can soldier on with a solid second act that continues the story. And talking about great films, we know quite a few that could surely use a sequel (or two).
1. Load Wedding
Suggested Title: Load Wedding 2: The Adventures Of Baby Baaji
Load Wedding was an underperformer when released alongside two box-office behemoths in 2018. The film has since gone on to achieve a cult status and has had a stellar run in the digital arena where it has grossed many millions of views, emerging a sleeper success of sorts. The rural romantic comedy had quite a few memorable feisty characters, numero uno being Baby Baaji played by Faiza Hasan. As we recall, the original ended on a ruckus created by the lady on Aashiq Rafaqat’s morning show, and we would like to see what has transpired since. Perhaps, Baby Baaji has gone on to find true love? Imran Ashraf could be a good candidate to play the male love interest.
2. Ho Mann Jahaan
Suggested Title: Do Dil Jawaan
Our very 90s title suggestion notwithstanding, the sequel to this much loved popcorn flick can potentially pack quite a punch. HMJ ended with Shehryar Munawar’s character bonding with Syra Yousuf’s, and that is where our second installment will kick off, with the two naturally falling in love. The music band may go through troubles (again), and a recording studio exec could step into the picture to rescue the act, only for a love triangle — or quadrangle, if you want to throw in Mahira Khan and Adeel Hussain’s rocky on-screen marriage — to develop. Plus Syra’s character could end up having a dark side. All of this is quite a bit for a two hour musical, wouldn’t you agree?
Suggested title: Aik Aur Waar
While a Waar sequel was supposed to be in the works, it did not materialize following the debacle of Yalghaar and is said to be shelved, for now. We would still like it to happen though, and would hope for a geopolitical action-thriller that is bigger, better and even a shade more cerebral than the original 2013 hit. Perhaps Major Mujtaba can now go international, hunting for a nemesis that is far more deadly and conniving than Ramal. The foreign locations would add to the eye candy, and the screenplay can be made a bit more interesting by adding to it a parallel track about how the global military-industrial complex stands to benefit from more geopolitical trouble in this part of the world. The question remains though: would Shaan Shahid be able to reprise the role with the same panache, almost a decade later? We would wager in the affirmative.
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