After Hera Pheri 3producer Firoz Nadiadwala reportedly wants to make Awara Paagal Deewana 2 and Welcome 3 without Akshay Kumar. A source close to the development told Bollywood Hungama, “Akshay Kumar was hurt not to be a part of Hera Pheri’s next installment as the franchise holds a special place in his career. But Firoz Nadiadwala was just being practical. Akshay refused to lower his price . This cannot be a one-way street; it is not fair that only Akshay is making money while the producer suffers losses. And after the pandemic, there is no choice but to lower his/her remuneration.”
The source added, “Firoz tried to explain this to Akshay but he didn’t budge. Left with no other choice, Firoz Nadiadwala got Kartik Aaryan on board for Hera Pheri 3. That’s when Akshay Kumar realized that Firoz was actually serious. After Akshay Kumar publicly claimed that he is leaving Hera Pheri 3 due to problems in the script, Firoz was disappointed and hurt. He has now decided to go ahead with Awara Paagal Deewana 2 and Welcome 3 without Akshay. However, the priority would be on Hera Pheri 3 right now. “
Recently Akshay Kumar spoke at the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit about not being a part of Hera Pheri 3. The actor said, “‘Hera Pheri’ has been a part of me. Many people have memories and even I have fond memories of it. But I am sad that we did not do the third part for so many years. The film was offered me, but I wasn’t happy with the script and the script. I wasn’t happy with it.”
He added, “I have to do what people want to see. So I backed out. For me, ‘Hera Pheri’ is a part of life, my journey in a huge way. I am equally sad and that I’m not able to do the third part. But I’m not happy with the way things have shaped up creatively.”
Awara Paagal Deewana, produced by Firoz Nadiadwala released in 2002. The film starred Akshay Kumar, Suniel Shetty, Paresh Rawal, Aftab Shivdasani and Amrita Arora. In the meantime Welcome and Welcome back published in 2007 and 2015 respectively.
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