‘Hera Pheri 3’: Kartik Aaryan Replaces Akshay Kumar in Upcoming Sequel!!

There is a lot of Hera Pheri happening around the casting of Hera Pheri 3. Earlier, it was reported that Akshay Kumar would be doing 3 films – Hera Pheri 3, Awara Pagal Deewana 2, and Welcome 3. The talks were on between producer Firoz Nadiadwala and actor Akshay Kumar for a while now and the reports gave in a sense of excitement to all Khiladi fans. Just days after the reports, it came to everyone’s surprise that Hera Pheri 3 is happening with Kartik Aaryan and not Akshay Kumar.

We put in our detective hat and tried to decode what went wrong in the last week, which has led to Kartik Aaryan replacing Akshay Kumar. According to our sources, producer Firoz Nadiadwala was having parallel conversations with both Akshay and Kartik over the last few weeks. “Firoz is keen to revive Hera Pheri franchise and wanted to start it as soon as possible. After the success of Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2, Kartik is also a hot property for Akshay Kumar franchises and hence, he was discussing Hera Pheri 3 with both Akshay and Kartik,” a source informed Bollywood Hungama.

The source added, “Through the discussion, Akshay Kumar quoted Rs. 90 crores as his fees plus some share of profit as his remuneration for Hera Pheri 3 whereas Kartik Aaryan was willing to do it for Rs. 30 crores. Firoz went to the satellite and digital players with the two probable casting calls and that’s when he realised that the proposition of working with Kartik Aaryan was giving him more lucrative returns in the final tally than working with Akshay. The difference in the remuneration price was nearly Rs. 60 crores between both actors. However, the film was fetching only Rs. 15 crores lesser from satellite and digital players for Kartik as compared to Akshay. Firoz was nearing saving Rs. 45 crores by signing Kartik for the film.”

Firoz went to Akshay again and tried to convince him to enter into a profit-sharing arrangement. “Akshay turned it down as he felt, the franchise benefits majorly from his presence. After several rounds of meetings, the conversations were not moving in the right direction and ended in a stalemate. That was the final nail in the coffin. Finally, Firoz Nadiadwala had no choice but to sign his contract with Kartik Aaryan and the duo are now all set to revive Hera Pheri 3. Firoz feels that Kartik is the best fit for the role of Raju. In-fact, the entire script has now been worked on keeping Kartik’s image in mind,” informed the source, adding further, “Hera Pheri 3 warrants the presence of a young Raju. It’s a solid script and will do justice to the Hera Pheri franchise.”

Hera Pheri 3 will in all possibilities be directed by Anees Bazmee and the talks at the moment are in advanced stages. “With Akshay Kumar, the director would have been Farhad Samji, since the actor himself was taking a lion’s share. Signing Anees Bazmee (For Rs. 25 crores) would have meant Akshay plus Anees taking home Rs. 115 crores, even without a single frame being shot. The key to the success of Hera Pheri 3 lies in the constrained budget too, and now, everything has fallen into place,” the source told Bollywood Hungama.

Hera Pheri 3 is currently in the scripting and pre-production stage.


via Bollywood Hungama

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