There is no way that actor Akshay Kumar will reprise his iconic role of Raju in the upcoming third instalment of the popular Hindi comedy film Hera Pheri, as per ETimes. Neither is Kartik Aaryan being a part of the film official.
“These are stories being spread by someone who desperately wants to make the project (Hera Pheri 3) much bigger than it actually is. Akshay has not met the producer. He has shown no interest in returning to Hera Pheri. Andar ki baat toh yeh hai ki Akshay Anees Bazmee ke saath comedy phir se karna chahte hai. Lekin Hera Pheri nahin. Bilkul nahin,” said a source close to Kumar.
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The source further added that Kumar’s angle does not fit in the Hera Pheri narrative because he is nowhere in the scene and that Aaryan’s joining the film is not official yet.
Later, in another report, filmmaker Anees Bazmee confirmed to ETimes that he is not aware of Kumar or Aaryan’s involvement in Hera Pheri 3. He said, “I have been approached to direct Hera Pheri 3. We are working out my dates. The producers haven’t told me about Kartik or Akshay. They told me that they want me to direct the film. So I asked them how do we work out the dates. I have already directed two films for them - Welcome and Welcome Back. They want me to make Welcome 3 as well. Currently, I am busy with a couple of my films. Let’s see what works out and how."
Recently, actor Paresh Rawal, who played the role of Baburao Ganpatrao Apte, in both Hera Pheri and Phir Hera Pheri, took to Twitter to hint at Aaryan’s joining of the cast in Hera Pheri 3. In an answer to a Twitter user’s question “@SirPareshRawal sir is it true that Kartik Aaryan is doing Hera Pheri 3 ??” Rawal replied, “Yes it’s true.”
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The first instalment, Hera Pheri directed by Priyadarshan, written by Neeraj Vora, and starred Akshay Kumar, Suniel Shetty, and Paresh Rawal in the lead along with Tabu, Om Puri, and Gulshan Grover in pivotal roles, was released in 2000. The film is a remake of the 1989 Malayalam film Ramji Rao Speaking, which was in tune inspired by the 1971 television film See The Man Run. The third instalment will mark Firoz Nadiadwala’s return after a long hiatus.