The iconic comedy-drama Hera Pheri starring Akshay Kumar, Suniel Shetty and Paresh Rawal is ready for its third chapter. Producer Firoz Nadiadwala has confirmed in a recent interview that he is working on Hera Pheri 3 and also mentioned that it would have the original cast.
“You will 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 is made the same way, preserving the innocence of the characters. We cannot take past achievements for granted. So we have to be extra careful with our content, story, screenplay, characters, mannerisms etc,” he told Bollywood Hungama.
Hera Pheric released in 2000 followed by Phir Hera Pheri in 2006. Both films have achieved cult following over the years for their hilarious script and entertaining performances.
While the producer didn’t reveal much, he hinted that they’ve already shortlisted a director for the next sequel. “We are in talks. We will make the announcement shortly,” Nadiadwala said.
The first part was directed by Priyadarshan while the sequel was written and directed by the late Neeraj Vora. Recently, there were rumors that Dream Girl director Raaj Shaandilyaa will direct Hera Pheri 3, but Firoz Nadiadwala said the buzz isn’t true. He also shared that the team had indeed started Hera Phera 3 in 2014, but had to stop after Neeraj Vora fell ill. However, the new movie will see a lot of changes in story and characters.
Firoz Nadiadwala also seemed positive that he can create a franchise with Hera Pheri, with each film making a lot of money. He said: “It’s important to stay at the box office. And the moment you take something 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 previous installments. We hope a new movie comes out every 15 months. Isn’t this how the West works? Aren’t we getting another Spider-Man or Bond movie soon after the last one? part has been released in cinemas?”