Superstar Akshay Kumar has rejoined his team of Hera Pheri 3, which will be the third installment of very popular Hindi comedy film series Hera Pheri (2000). Akshay Kumar and Suniel Shetty replaced Abhishek Bachchan and John Abraham. Dostana (2008) fame Jodi Abhishek and John were the first choice of director Neeraj Vora but due to their busy schedule Akshay, Paresh Rawal and Suniel are reuniting once again.
Abhishek Bachchan was confirmed to play the character Raju Khabri, who is still best played by Akshay Kumar but later Abhishek told to media that “I am not going to be doing that film anymore. It just didn’t work out.” So now old star cast including most remembered one character Baburao Ganpatrao Apte will be played by Paresh Rawal, Suniel Shetty as Ghanshyam and Akshay Kumar as Raju Khabri in film.
Akshay Kumar and Suniel Shetty have worked in several Bollywood films like Waqt Hamara Hai (1993), Mohra (1994), Hum Hai Bemisal (1994), Sapoot (1996),Dhadkan (2000), Ek Rishtaa: The Bond of Love (2001), Awara Paagal Deewana (2002), Jaani Dushman – Ek Anokhi Kahani (2002), Aan – Men At Work (2004), Deewane Huye Paagal (2005), De Dana Dan (2009) and their Jodi made an impression on audiences.
A National Award winner Priyadarshan was directed first part of this series, where Akshay Kumar, Suniel Shetty, Paresh Rawal and Tabu made the film successful. Neeraj Vora directed the second part as Phir Hera Pheri in 2006 and now he is going to third of the series. As a director Neeraj Vora was debuted in 2000 through Khiladi 420.
Due to replacement of lead star cast, Hera Pheri 3 will shoot in 2016 while will be released in 2017. Female stars are still not announced yet while Bipasha Basu and Rimi Sen were part of prequel. The film was expected to released till August 2016 but due to several issues, this will be released in 2017.