Hera Pheri 3: Priyadarshan is reportedly returning to direct the third instalment of the famous comic franchise Hera Pheri.
Hera Pheri is regarded as one of the best comic franchises of Bollywood. The two films of this franchise have attained cult status over time. The first film of the franchise was released in 2000 and is regarded as one of the best Bollywood comedy movies of all time.
The fans have been eagerly waiting for the third instalment of this franchise for the last 13 years (since the release of Phir Hera Pheri in 2006). The film has seen a lot of ups and down. Earlier, Akshay Kumar was replaced by John Abrahan and Abhishek Bachchan. However, the project was shelved due to the financial crisis.
Last year, it was announced that Akshay would be back in the franchise, however, the movie couldn’t take off. A few months back director Indra Kumar revealed that he was working on the script of the film and the shoot will start by year-end.
Now, it is being reported that director Indra Kumar has opted out of Hera Pheri 3 due to time constraint. Producer Firoz Nadiadwala has brought back Priyadarshan who directed the first instalment.
Priyadarshan confirmed that he has been in talks with Akshay, Suniel and Firoz for Hera Pheri 3. However, he said that it will take some time before the film would roll back.
“I am currently busy with my Malayalam film, Marakkar: The Lion of Arabian Sea. It is a huge film and I will only think about Hera Pheri after this one is out of my system. Nothing is concrete as of yet,” said Priyadarshan.
Hera Pheri 3 will have Akshay Kumar, Suniel Shetty and Paresh Rawal reprising their roles as Raju, Baburao Ganpatrao Apte and Shyam respectively.
A source close to the film told Mumbai Mirror that this time, the actors will play the same characters but this time it will be closer to their real ages, as the script is taking a time leap. It takes off from where Phir Hera Pheri ended but fast-forwards into the present,” the source said.
The basic idea of the film was written by the late filmmaker Neeraj Vohra, who also directed the second instalment. Priyadarshan will work with his team to develop it into a screenplay. “While the leads are eager to reunite, they don’t want to sign the film just to milk the brand. They are waiting for a narration,” the source informed.