One of the best comedies to have come out of Bollywood is the comedy escapade Hera Pheri (2000), starring Akshay Kumar, Suniel Shetty, and Paresh Rawal. Its follow-up, Phir Hera Pheri (2006), proved to be an equally enjoyable film. Both films have become meme cult favorites over the past four to five years.
Now, Bollywood Hungama exclusively spoke to producer Firoz Nadiadwala and asked when the most awaited sequel arguably of Bollywood will be made. To which, Firoz replied, “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.”
He also revealed details of who is going to direct Hera Pheri 3? “We have shortlisted somebody. We are in talks. We’ll make the announcement soon,” said Firoz Nadiadwala.
He continues by saying that while he is not aiming for a record-breaking debut, he also wants to make sure that the movie doesn’t lose ground on day two. He emphasizes, “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?”
When asked if Akshay Kumar join Suniel Shetty and Paresh Rawal for Hera Pheri 3 this time, Firoz Nadiadwala said, “Yes, for sure.”