Similar to Tiger, Singham, and Dhoom there have been a few franchises that had a lot of potential but were ruined by big superstars.
Jolly LLB 2, Ek Villain Returns, Once upon a time in Mumbai Dobaara
Singham, Dhoom, Don, Tiger, and Dabangg are a few action franchises from Bollywood that have been highly successful. While all these movies had a fantastic sequel, that also turned out to be blockbusters, there have been a few action movies whose sequels ruined these franchises leaving no scope for the makers to come out with another movie.
Importantly, all these sequels had big superstars and yet they failed to deliver. Check a few here:
The first movie from this franchise titled “Once Upon a Time in Mumbai” featured Ajay Devgn, Emraan Hashmi, and Kangana Ranaut in the lead and was a blockbuster. In the first movie, Emraan played the role of Shoaib which was carried further by Akshay Kumar in the sequel. However, people missed Emraan’s rustic swag and the movie was a big flop.
Race was a big franchise until the makers decided to replace Saif Ali Khan with Salman Khan. The first two movies from the franchise had the Nawab playing the lead role. Enter Sallu Bhai and the film became a bore. Interestingly, not only the lead actor but even the earlier director was replaced by Remo D’Souza and the movie fell flat on the face.
Welcome by Anees Bazmi was all about the superb acting from Nana Patekar and Anil Kapoor and the comic timing of Paresh Rawal and Akshay Kumar. Katrina Kaif and Mallika Sherawat added the right tadka of glamour. But when John Abraham replaced Akki in Welcome Again, the movie turned out to be a disaster.
The first part featured Arshad Warsi in the lead role as a lawyer with Boman Irani and Saurabh Shukla in supporting roles. The film is about the struggles of Jolly aka Arshad who received a lot of love from the audience. However, when Arshad was replaced by Akshay Kumar in the sequel the movie failed to impress.
Ek Villain starring Sidharth Malhotra, Riteish Deshmukh, and Shraddha Kapoor was a big hit. The chemistry between Sid and Shraddha and the portrayal of a mentally disturbed psychopath by Riteish were highly appreciated. But when in Ek Villain Returns Arjun Kapoor and John Abraham replaced Sidharth and Riteish, the magic failed to return.