Mainstream Bollywood comedy has degraded quite a bit with writers and directors trying to connect with the lowest common denominator among movie viewers leading to slapstick and lowbrow humour e.g. Housefull 4. And that’s why I have often found myself gravitating towards older movies, especially the first hour or so of Hera Pheri. Coincidentally, Arjun Kapoor has expressed interested in remaking it.
According to DNA India, Arjun was involved in a social media interaction via a Helo live session where he spoke about the ongoing lockdown and how he’s staying in shape etc. In addition to all that, the actor said this:
“I would love to do Hera Pheri with Ranveer and Paresh Rawal. Similarly, Main Khiladi Tu Anari is another film that I would love to remake with him.”
Now, you might be thinking that “Isn’t a Hera Pheri 3 on the cards? So, why are we talking about a remake?”. Well, despite an official announcement along with Total Dhamaal director Indra Kumar expressing excitement about helming the next chapter of Raju, Shyam and Baburao Ganpatrao Apte, Suniel Shetty reported that everything is on hold. According to Hindustan Times, he said,
“Everything is on hold for now. The film’s team intends to make Hera Pheri 3, but some differences need to be ironed out. The film is a big hit on television as well as in the meme world and we are all aware of the anticipation among the audience for the film.”
So, when something like this happens and the filmmakers have already announced a project and it’s not going anywhere, they tend to reboot it. And, personally speaking, I wouldn’t mind a remake with Ranveer and Arjun in the mix. Their first theatrical outing, Gunday, was a disaster largely because of the shoddy script. But they undoubtedly had chemistry which can be brought out in a story like Hera Pheri.
As much as we all like to see Akshay Kumar, Suniel Shetty, and Paresh Rawal hatching another stupid plan to earn money, I think it wouldn’t be as fun as the first time because they’ve grown out of those characters. Arjun and Ranveer are comparatively newer and have the rawness that Kumar or Shetty possessed in Hera Pheri. Also, despite being revered as a classic, I think that everything after the one-hour mark of the movie needs some ironing out. So, as much as we avoid supporting remakes, this is one I can get behind.
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