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When it comes to cult comedies in Indian cinema, Hera Pheri has to be somewhere around the top in that list. The Priyadarshan directed first part starring Akshay Kumar, Suniel Shetty and Paresh Rawal is a favourite for many till date, and the second part directed by Neeraj Vora saw the cast and the fun return to its element. Hera Pheri 3 has been in the pipeline for a long time with many speculations about the cast change as well, but now producer Firoz Nadiadwala has given some new update on it and it has got the audiences excited.
While there were rumours of names like Abhishek Bachchan and John Abraham joining the series, Firoz has confirmed in a recent conversation with Bollywood Hungama that the original cast will indeed be returning for the third outing. “You’ll get to see it very soon with the same star cast – Akshay ji, Paresh bhai and Suniel ji. The story is in place, and we are working on certain modalities. It’ll be made in the same way, retaining the innocence of the characters. We can’t take past achievements for granted. So, we have to be extra careful in terms of our content, story, screenplay, characters, mannerism etc.”
There was a change in director from part 1 to part 2. So, who will be helming part 3? When asked about it, the producer said, “We have shortlisted somebody. We are in talks. We’ll make the announcement soon.”
The names of Abhishek and John Abraham had made waves a while ago to be stepping in the franchise with Akshay departing, but Firoz assures that Akshay will indeed be joining Suniel and Paresh for part 3. Firoz also talked about the time when Hera Pheri 3 was started in 2014 once. “Yes, we had started Hera Pheri 3 but we had to stop the shoot as Neeraj ji fell ill.” Neeraj Vora passed away in December 2017 after being in a coma for 13 months.
Firoz also spoke about the box-office concerns for part 3 and the future of the franchise. “Sustaining at the box office is important. And the moment you take anything for granted, it falls. Because we hope that God willing, we can make more parts – Hera Pheri 4, Hera Pheri 5, etc. And it should be better than the earlier parts. We hope that there will be a new film released every 15 months. Isn’t this how the West operates? Don’t we get a new Spider-Man or Bond film soon after the previous part has been released in the cinemas?”
Hera Pheri was released in the year 2000 with the sequel returning in 2006 titled Phir Hera Pheri. With Firoz confirming the announcement of part 3 soon, it will surely be the film to watch out for.
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