Farah Khan made her directorial debut in Bollywood with ‘Main Hoon Na’ in 2004. The Shah Rukh Khan and Sushmita Sen starrer was a super-hit movie about an army major who goes undercover as a student to reunite his family and protect a general’s daughter.
Fans have been hoping for a sequel since the release of the first film. According to Farah Khan, people still ask her about the movie when they meet her. She said, “Audiences still remember all the characters, including those of Satish Shah and Bindu.”
Farah also pointed out that it is rarer for sequels to be hits. “They are fun, but rarely has a sequel beaten the popularity of the original, even in Hollywood. The only thing the sequel always makes is more money. Maybe ‘Dhoom 2’ (2006) was better (story-wise) than the original ‘Dhoom’ (2004). But I feel, usually, franchises simply cash in on the success of the original,” she said.
So it looks like fans are going to remain disappointed as Farah Khan refuses to make the movie just for the sake of making a movie. She also pointed out that ‘Main Hoon Na’ had no loose ends that could be used to make a sequel.
“If someone gives me a great idea, I would love to make a sequel to MHN. Among my films, MHN is one of the most loved (by fans). Despite my other movies doing better in terms of money, I, too, love this film the most. But to make a sequel, the story has to be really special. Currently, I don’t know how to take the story of MHN forward. Maybe it is because my movies never have loose ends. So, I don’t want to create a franchise, just for the sake of it,” explained Farah.
Making a sequel would also involve an intense degree of pressure. We saw the amount of promotion (and promise) ‘Dilwale’ had around the reuniting of super-hit jodi Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol, and we saw the results. If a sequel has to be made or a couple re-launched, audiences need more than just pretty colors and cool stunts to carry it to success. We’re glad Farah Khan understands this.