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Akshay Kumar to Abhishek Bachchan, Bollywood Actors Replaced in Upcoming Sequels

Making a sequel can be tricky business. With the baggage of the original and the anticipation mounting, the pressure on cast and creators automatically doubles. Then comes the challenge of matching the likability of the original cast in the follow-up film. As sequels become an accepted norm in India, we take a look at some of the upcoming films in which the main cast has been replaced with a new face.

Saif Ali Khan replaces Abhishek Bachchan

In Bunty Aur Babli 2, Saif Ali Khan will play the role of Bunty, originally played by Abhishek Bachchan. Many on social media have pointed out that this replacement is not going well and that the chemistry between Rani Mukerji as Babli and the new Bunty in the upcoming comedy film does not match that of Abhishek and Rani in the original film.

Pankaj Tripathi replacing Amitabh Bachchan

In Bunty Aur Babli (2005), Amitabh Bachchan plays the grumpy old cop who pursues crook couple Bunty and Babli, played by Abhishek Bachchan and Rani Mukerji respectively. With his inimitable style, Big B was a joy to watch in the role. However, in Bunty Aur Babli 2, this cop character will be played by Pankaj Tripathi.

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Tara Sutaria replaces Kriti Sanon

Kriti Sanon started her Bollywood journey opposite Tiger Shroff in Heropanti (2014). In the sequel, while Tiger was retained as the male star, the female lead will be played by Tara Sutaria. The film is slated for an Eid 2022 release.

Rajkummar Rao replacing Ayushmann Khurrana

Rajkummar and Ayushmann are terrific actors and know how to make the character their own. In Badhaai Ho, Ayushmann did a fabulous job playing the role of a Delhiite. In the sequel to the 2018 hit, titled Badhaai Do, Ayushmann was replaced by Rajkummar.

Bhumi Pednekar in place of Sanya Malhotra

In Badhaai Do, the sequel to Badhaai Ho, Bhumi Pednekar stepped in to play the female lead in place of Sanya Malhotra.

Janhvi Kapoor in place of Priyanka Chopra

After Dostana (2008) became a huge hit for its gay lovers storyline, a sequel is long overdue. A sequel is indeed in preparation but Priyanka Chopra has been replaced by Janhvi Kapoor as the protagonist.

Kartik Aaryan is the new Ghostbuster

Bhool Bhulaiyaa (2007) was a huge hit and underlined the success of the horror-comedy genre in Bollywood. In the upcoming sequel, Kartik Aaryan will be seen as the Ghostbuster as he replaces Akshay Kumar who is known for his superb comedic timing.

Sidharth Malhotra replaced by John Abraham

In Ek Villain Returns, slated for release in July 2022, John Abraham plays the lead role. In the original film released in 2014, Sidharth Malhotra was the main man.

Sharaddha Kapoor in place of Sridevi

In the sequel to the 1989 film Chaalbaaz, Shraddha Kapoor will play the lead role of the twins. The new movie is called Chaalbaaz in London. In the original, Sridevi played the dual role of twin sisters.

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