Days after Akshay Kumar confirmed that he had backed out of Hera Pheri 3 over artistic variations, his co-star from the franchise Suniel Shetty has reignited hope that the actor could possibly be again. In a current interview, Suniel mentioned he was ‘stunned’ by the event and would converse to the makers to see if there was any manner Akshay may come again. Also learn: Akshay Kumar reveals why he isn’t a part of Hera Pheri 3
Last week, stories claimed that Akshay had backed out of the third movie within the profitable Hera Pheri franchise. The actor himself confirmed this whereas talking on the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit. “The film was offered to me but I was not satisfied with the script. I have to do what people want to see. That is why, I backed out. I took a step behind. It is a part of my life and journey for me. I am also very sad that I can’t do it. But I am not happy with how the creative things have shaped out,” he mentioned.
Now, responding to the event, Suniel Shetty advised Mid-Day, “Everything was on track, but I don’t know what happened suddenly [that] Akshay is not a part of it anymore. Once I am [done with] Dharavi Bank promotions, I will sit with Firoz [Nadiadwala, producer] and understand why and how this happened. Akshay, Paresh and I had committed to the movie, and this twist has stunned me.”
The actor added that he’s nonetheless hoping issues can fall into place. “Hera Pheri 3 cannot be the same without Akshay. Raju, Babu bhaiyya and Shyam are iconic characters whose journeys have been together. There’s palpable excitement when you mention the film. I want to see if things can still fall in place,” he added.
Hera Pheri launched in 2000, starring Akshay, Suniel, Paresh Rawal, and Tabu. Directed by Priyadarshan, it was successful making ₹18 crore on the field workplace. The sequel Phir Hera Pheri was directed by the late Neeraj Vora. The 2006 movie earned ₹69 crore on the field workplace. The deliberate third half has been in limbo for years now. Kartik Aryan is now set to interchange Akshay in it.
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