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Dhamaal Director Indra Kumar To Helm 'Hera Pheri 3' With Akshay Kumar, Suniel Shetty & Paresh Rawal

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| May 24 , 2018 , 15:48 IST

Priyadarshan’s Hera Pheri was an unconventional comedy starring an even more unconventional trio of Akshay Kumar, Suniel Shetty and Paresh Rawal, but went on to become a legendary hit, spurring a franchise of sorts.

While the second installment was released 6 years after the first, the 3 installment has taken more than 12 years as reports on Thursday confirmed that producer Firoz Nadiadwala is bringing back the franchise with Hera Pheri 3, to be directed by Indra Kumar of Masti and Dhamaal fame. Hera Pheri 3 will bring back the original trio of Akshay Kumar, Suniel Shetty and Paresh Rawal as Raju, Shyam and Baburao Ganpatrao Apte respectively.

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The original Hera Pheri in 2000 was directed by Priyadarshan and late actor-writer-director Neeraj Vora helmed the sequel Phir Hera Pheri in 2006. After the success of the sequel, the filmmakers planned a third edition and locked in on the story, screenplay and dialogue by 2014. However, during pre-production in 2016, Neeraj slipped into a coma and passed away on December 14, 2017, putting the project on hold.

“The project was locked last month after the three actors gave their dates. It will be shot in a start-to-finish schedule between December 2018 and February 2019 and will release in the second half of next year,” a source close to the development was quoted by Mumbai Mirror.

“Hera Pheri 3 will be a tribute to Neeraj’s work at the movies,” the source adds.