Though there are mixed reports on how well Ranjit Tiwari’s espionage thriller Bell Bottom has performed at the boxoffice, no doubt it has broken the post-Covid jinx on theatrical footfalls.
One now hears from a very reliable source that the producers Vashu Bhagnani and Nikhil Advani are now planning a followup film with the same cast, but a different director.
In fact one of the actors from the film told this writer that a sequel was in the offing. “Not just a sequel .Bell Bottom has been planned as a franchise,different stories of bravery told from the RAW’s viewpoint in each film. I think Akshay is keen on doing the theme as a series.”
The cast will be the same including Vaani Kapoor as the hero’s wife. The director, however , will change.
Bell Bottom suggests that India is not country but an “idea”. Ek soch. It’s time we stopped looking at the country and its burning problems in abstracts and tackled them headlong. The problem here is a series of hijackings .
To its credit , Bell Bottom does have a certain spin to its storytelling. The aerial shots are impressively mounted.And the film looks like a cross between Akshay’s Baby and Airlift.