Sequels of Popular Shows – A Good Idea?

Sequel to popular shows has become a trend in the past few years. But the question is, is it always a good idea to try to extend a masterpiece? A lot of audiences want to see their favorite characters on screen again and want to know more about the story but to have the same expectations from the sequel as the original show is an unrealistic expectation as a master piece cannot be recreated. Sequels are often good and enjoyable to watch and have their own charm but the expectations from audiences are too high and the sequel mostly disappoints the viewers. But I must say, some sequels are really pathetic and manages to ruin the original story too. Here is the list of a few shows with sequels:

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The Baraat Series:

The popular Baraat series started with ‘Azhar Ki Ayegi Baraat’ which featured Sarwat Gilani and Hasan Niazi as the leads and the cast had wonderful actors such as Bushra Ansari, Saba Hameed, Javed Sheikh, Samina Ahmad, Sana Askari, Shehryar Zaidi, Natasha Ali, Rahael Butt, Ali Safina and Uroosa Siddiqui. The story was very refreshing and the right touch of humor by Bushra Ansari in addition to the beautiful direction by Marina Khan turned it into a hit show. The second series in the Baraat installment was ‘Dolly Ki Ayegi Baraat’ which was again appreciated by audiences. The show maintained its charm till the second installment but the third show in this installment ‘Takkay Ki Ayegi Baraat’ seemed forced and dragged and the show started to lose its charm. Last year, we saw a fourth installment ‘Dolly Ki Ayegi Baraat’ which was entertaining in its own way but was no match for its previous installments. However, the concept of this show and Bushra Ansari’s character has managed to uplift every season and has made the audiences laugh. Now let’s see if we get to see a fourth installment this year!

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Mera Saeein:

This show was another hit which had a sequel which we got to see last year. The original drama included names like Nouman Ejaz, Sawera Nadeem, Amna Sheikh, and Sunita Marshal. The story was again different with a negative character as the main lead and the show managed to impress the audiences with its different concept. Mera Saeein 2 was then produced as a sequel to this show which was much more glamorous than its first installment. It had an impressive cast which included names like Fahad Mustafa, Mahnoor Baloch, Ayeza Khan, Anoushay Abbasi, Waseem Abbas, and Zyla Sarhadi. Now the question is what went wrong?

In the process of making the show interesting and full of suspense, they ended up ruining the story. There was no concrete story but senseless twist and turns in every episode which seemed pointless at times. Fahad Mustafa gave an astounding performance and it was the first time I saw him in a proper negative role and he completely nailed it! He was the only reason why I saw the show as the story had become completely senseless after a few episodes.


Kis Din Mera Vyah Howay Ga:

This is another show which became a hit when the first season went on air. It included stars like Faisal Qureshi, Aijaz Aslam, Jana Malik, and Aimen Tariq. The brilliant acting by Faisal Qureshi and Aijaz Aslam managed to make this show popular among the masses. The show then came up with a sequel which had Sumbul Iqbal and Sana Askari as the female leads. Of course, the sequel could not match up to its first season and dragged at times and the comedy scenes also seemed repetitive. What saved the show was Faisal Qureshi and Aijaz Aslam’s acting! The third season is in the making and it will air very soon.


Tanhaiyaan – Naye Silsilay:

This was the most awaited and hyped serial of last year! It was the sequel to the legendary show Tanhaiyaan which is still imprinted in the memory of all Pakistanis. Whether young or old, all audiences have watched this show or at least heard of it and a lot was expected from its sequel. The sequel had few old stars like Marina Khan, Asif Raza Mir, Behroze Sabzwari, Badar Khalil and new stars like Alishba Yousuf, Syra Yousuf, Shehroze Sabzwari, and Shehryar Munawar Siddiqui.

Again, the show had its own charm and was very entertaining but then again, it was no match for the original master piece Tanhaiyan. I found a lot of loopholes in the story and the newcomers’ acting was not up to the mark. But overall, it was a good show but unfortunately it could not meet the audiences’ extremely high expectations as many people seemed disappointed with the show.

Mirat Ul Uroos:

This show is considered to be a sequel of the show Akhbari Asghari which aired on Hum TV. I would not say this is a proper sequel as the context and storyline has been altered. But the story is on a similar lines as we can again see the story of two contrasting sisters who marries two brothers. Akbari and Asghari are seen as the grandmother of the two sisters and the two brothers.

This show has its own charm and I found it even better than Akhbari Asghari as the story is more interesting and powerful. The cast of Mirat Ul Uroos includes Amna Sheikh, Mikaal Zulfiqar, Ahsan Khan, Mehwish Hayat, Samina Ahmad, Momal Sheikh and others.

 So do you guys agree? Does a sequel manages to take the charm away from the original story?

Mariam Shafiq

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  • waqash

    No offence but I didn't find any useful information in this article except a list of sequels. Probably that's why no one beside me has commented here.
    The purpose of my comment is to just inform the writer & readers that "Miratul Uroos" is not a sequel of Hum TV Drama "Akbari Asghari", infact they both are sequel of old legendary novel/drama Mirat-ul-Uroos that also used to be part of Urdu syllabus books in Pakistan (not sure if still is or not). Please do give credit to the original novel of Miratul Uroos written by deputy Nazeer Ahmed.

    • sajida

      i disagree. i agree with the article. sequels ruins the orignal story at times! i found the article interesting.
      i haven't seen the old Mirat ul uroos so cannot comment on that.

      • ano

        Well don't comment then.

  • waqash

    just forgot to tell that the original Miratul Uroos of Deputy Nazeer is much better than these sequels and I recommend everyone to watch it once atleast as I have heard a lot about the original novel that parents used to gift that novel to their daughters on their weddings 🙂

    • ano

      Whtever, abt the wedding gift part. Nd akbari asghari has very good morals nd its comjawedy.

  • Hammu

    Hmm .. A very nice article.Someone really needed to raise this question.And the answer is NO.It is really a risk to carry on what once was a legend.And since none other than Baraat series were hit,that means sequels should not be made.They kind of ruin their previous' reputation.So as far as i recommend,no sequels should be made.

    • Mariam Shafiq

      I am glad you agree 🙂
      Thanks for sharing your opinion

    • ano


  • Mrs Asim

    good article Mariam, but Mirat-ul-Uroos has nothing to do with Akbari Asghari , as far as I know Umera Ahmed wrote this play as a new version of the classic novel by Deputy Nazeer Ahmed (ptv presented that novel in the form of play years back). this play by Umera is no less than the original novel and she has managed to point out many social evils in quite efficiently . every thing is just same in both versions the only difference is time. agree with u about all other plays though I liked TNS a lot

    • Mariam Shafiq

      Thanks for commenting Mrs. Asim and thanks for pointing it out. 🙂

    • ano

      Ur right nd mirat ul uroos nd akbari asghari are intresting. I liked the barat series nd kis din let's viyha howay ha.

  • Hurriya

    i agree
    specially squel ov tanhaiyaan disappointd meh alot

  • razia khan

    I like it in any way,a lesson to present generation.

  • Haniyam Malik

    Baraat series were awesome 🙂 ……..but other than that kis din mera viya howega and others were worst !!!

  • Mysha

    barrat series are the best of all…………!!!