Fans of popular and long-running film franchises are frequently devoted to the characters who carry the story. We get to see them grow and develop as strong and capable or even flawed and persevering protagonists over the course of the franchise, and they can sometimes become more interesting than the franchise’s premise. However, many film franchises have moved on from the original protagonists to follow other franchise stars, or even introduce new leads to carry on when actors leave the series or characters are killed or written off. With the recent announcement of Ranveer Singh essaying the role of Don in the new film of the franchise instead of Shah Rukh Khan, we look back several other instances in the same vein:
Arshad Warsi was quoted in a report as saying, “I am not doing it (Jolly LLB 2). Akshay is doing it. I was supposed to do it, but Fox Star Studios needed a bigger star, so they chose Akshay.” He admitted that he was slightly bothered, but added casting a star like Akshay is less of a risk for the movie makers. “It makes it easier for marketing, to have a hit. With me, they (filmmakers) have to make a good film, so that is the problem. You can make money with me only if it’s a very good film. If you have a bigger star, then even if the film is not that good, you still manage to cover the money so the risk factor from the producer’s point of view is less,” Arshad had said.
John Abraham replaced Akshay Kumar (Welcome Back)
Welcome was headlined by Akshay Kumar, who made everyone laugh. In the sequel Welcome Back, however, John Abraham took his place. While the audience missed Akshay Kumar, John succeeded, and the film was a success. At a film promotion event, John stated,“Akshay is like my elder brother. Whatever I do, I always have a lot of discussions, especially with him. Akshay was happiest for me when I told him that I was doing ‘Welcome Back.’ He said it’s a very good film and you should do it.”
Akshay Kumar replaced Emraan Hashmi (Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai Dobara)
Randeep Hooda replaced Emraan Hashmi (Murder 3)
Mukhesh Bhatt’s son Vishesh Bhatt approached Emraan Hashmi for the sequel after appearing in the first two films in the erotic thriller series Murder and Murder 2. He, however, refused to appear in the film. He proposed a few changes, which caused a disconnect, and the Bhatt production ultimately decided to replace him with Randeep Hooda. Murder 3 would be successful without Emraan Hashmi, according to Mahesh Bhatt.
Vidya Balan and Farhan Akhtar replaced Mallika Sherawat and Rahul Bose (Shaadi Ke Side Effects)
While Mallika Sherawat and Rahul Bose headlined Pyaar Ke Side Effects and received praise for their contemporary take on dating and relationships, the duo was replaced in the sequel by Vidya Balan and Farhan Akhtar. The story of the sequel focused on two characters, Sid and Trisha, who were played by Rahul Bose and Mallika Sherawat, respectively. Sid and Trisha were perceived to be husband and wife.
Saif Ali Khan’s popular Race franchise came up with a major twist for its third instalment as the actor will be replaced by Salman Khan as the main lead in Race 3. Talking about the same, Saif was quoted as saying, “Actually Ramesh had told me about this last year that he wanted to make a new film in the franchise, Race 3, and wanted to take up a new cast. I love Rameshji and who better than Salman Khan for this. I wish them both very good luck. But I have not been approached.”
Ananya Panday replaces Nushrratt Bharuccha (Dream Girl 2)
Even though Nushrratt Bharuccha got a lot of praise for her part in the first Dream Girl 2 movie, Ananya Panday took her place in the sequel. When asked why she wasn’t in Dream Girl 2 and how her fans might miss her, Nushrratt said, “You’ll have to ask the makers of the film that question. I really didn’t have the heart to ask them, ‘Why did you not take me?’ I couldn’t. I just said, okay, they didn’t ask me, it’s okay. As I said, I’ve become very accepting. It applies to all aspects. I’ve accepted, so no stress.”