Not Kartik Aaryan, but Varun Dhawan was the first choice to replace Akshay Kumar as Raju

Not Kartik Aaryan, but Varun Dhawan was the first choice to replace Akshay Kumar as Raju

Reports that Kartik Aaryan would replace Akshay Kumar as Raju in Hera Pheri 3 had largely disappointed fans. Many people, including Suniel Shetty, had expressed shock at Akshay’s departure from the popular comedy franchise. And now, according to the latest reports, it was not Kartik but Varun Dhawan who was the first choice to play Raju but he turned down the role. Also Read – BTS: Kim Taehyung, Jungkook and Other Members Transform Akshay Kumar, Suniel Shetty from Phir Hera Pheri as They Groove to “Aye Meri Zohrajabeen” [Watch Hilarious Video]

According to Bollywood Hungama, Anand Pandit and Firoz Nadiadwala first approached Varun with Hera Pheri 3 offer. Both wanted Varun to step into Raju’s shoes due to his comedic timing. The two producers had also asked David Dhawan to direct the film with his son Rohit Dhawan. But Varun politely declined the offer out of immense respect for Akshay Kumar who made the Hera Pheri franchise a blockbuster. ALSO READ – Kartik Aaryan Has Epic Response When Called ‘A Replacement Star’; it will win the non-fans

“Varun has huge respect for Akshay Kumar and didn’t want to use the not-so-good equation between Akshay and Firoz, to climb the ladder of stardom. Hera Pheri 3 is a safe blockbuster, but Varun walked out of the movie out of respect for Akshay. His father, David Dhawan, also felt the same,” a source quoted by the entertainment portal said, adding that Varun and his father David told Firoz and Anand about their decision. Also Read – Before Hera Pheri 3, Akshay Kumar REJECTED These Hit Movies

The creators are now looking for the director after integrating Kartik. It has been reported that director Anees Bazmee has been approached to take the director’s seat. But nothing is finalized yet.

Hera Pheri was first released in 2000, under the direction of Priyadarshan. It starred Akshay Kumar, Suniel Shetty and Paresh Rawal. The film is a remake of the 1989 Malayalam film Ramji Rao, itself based on the 1971 TV movie See The Man Run.

The first episode, Hera Pheri, revolves around two tenants, Raju and Shyam and a landlord Baburao, who are in desperate need of money, and are lucky enough to receive a ransom through a cross connection. The second installment, Phir Hera Pheri, was released in 2006. It also featured Bipasha Basu, Rimi Sen, Johnny Lever, and Rajpal Yadav. The central plot is inspired by the 1998 film Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.

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