Hera Pheri franchise is not just a film but over the years it has become a brand. Though the first part of the film was not a commercial success in cinemas that time, but it achieved immense success in the passing years. Later its sequel Phir Hera Pheri took a huge takeoff not just in theatre but on TV too. Even after so many years, the film is alive and entertaining, thanks to the memes.
While the audience was keen to more of Raju, Babu Bhaiya and Shyam the third part of the film, it was put on the backburner.
There were reports in 2015 that producer Firoz Nadiadwala had begun shooting for Hera Pheri 3 but without its two lead actors, Akshay Kumar and Suniel Shetty. It was John Abraham and Abhishek Bachchan had stepped in instead. While, Paresh Rawal, was retained for part 3 as well.
It is said that the film was put out of the track because of the financial strain. Now according to a tabloid’s latest reports, an attempt was made some time back to revive the franchise.
Quoting a source it reported, “Producer Firoz Nadiadwala spoke to Akshay Kumar for Hera Pheri 3. Akshay decided to come on board but he had two conditions. One, he wanted Dream Girl (2019) director Raaj Shaandilyaa to direct the film. He felt that Raaj knew how to handle a masala comic caper, and that this was evident with his first film. Secondly, Akshay asked for 70% profit sharing.”
The source adds, “Firoz Nadiadwala, however, refused, due to the second condition. Raaj Shaandilyaa also humbly refused as he knew that Hera Pheri was an iconic franchise and he thought he would not be able to do justice to it.”
Two years back it was veteran filmmaker Indra Kumar who supposed to helm the sequel but that also didn’t materialize.
Taking about the same Raaj Shaandilyaa told the tabloid, “Yes I was approached for Hera Pheri 3. But the dates were clashing with my next directorial venture and there were few other reasons. Hence, I couldn’t do it.” He also adds, “I had worked with Firoz sir earlier in Welcome Back as a dialogue writer and hence I know him well.”
A trade source meanwhile states, “Hera Pheri 3 is probably the most awaited sequel and the popularity of the series and its fan following is more than any other film franchises. If Hera Pheri 3 is indeed made with the original cast and released on say Diwali or Eid, it can easily fetch an opening of Rs. 40 crore plus, or even Rs. 50 crore plus! But it needs an able director. Raaj would have been a good choice. We hope it gets made some day.”
Hera Pheri starring Akshay Kumar, Suniel Shetty and Paresh Rawal was directed by Priyadarshan. The sequel was directed by Neeraj Vora, also one of the writers of the original.