The iconic Bollywood comedy movie Hera Pheri (2000), is returning with its sequel ‘Hera Pheri 3’ with the original cast including, Akshay Kumar, Suniel Shetty and Paresh Rawal announced producer Firoz Nadiadwala in an interview.
Hera Pheri is one of the finest comedy movies to have come out of the Bollywood film industry. It has been a pot of gold for meme creators, offering the best templates.
The movie’s 2006 sequel ‘Phir Hera Pheri’ was also as big a hit with the audience as the original movie. Fans have been anticipating the third sequel for quite a long time.
Paresh Rawal’s character, ‘Babu Rao’ aka ‘Babu Bhaiya’ was perhaps the cutest, most meme-worthy one to come out of the movie.
“You’ll get to see it very soon with the same star cast – Akshay ji, Paresh bhai, and Suniel ji,” the producer said.
“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,” he added. “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.”
Experts predict the movie has the potential to be a box office hit, to which Firoz explained that he is not looking for a record-opening, yet hard work is the key to success.
“Sustaining at the box office is important. And the moment you take anything for granted, it falls.”
More sequels may also be in the pipeline.
“We have shortlisted somebody. We are in talks. We’ll make the announcement soon,” said Nadiadwala when asked about the director.
‘Hera Pheri 3’ was being worked upon in 2014 and was supposed to star Abhishek Bachchan, John Abraham, Suniel Shetty, and Paresh Rawal.
“Yes, we had started Hera Pheri 3 but we had to stop the shoot as Neeraj ji fell ill,” said Nadiadwala. Neeraj Vora passed away on December 14, 2017, after being in a coma for nearly 13 months.
The fans had, however, insisted the movie wouldn’t be the same without Akshay Kumar. “That is because the story of that film at that time was different,” explained Firoz Nadiadwala.