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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

The news that Akshay Kumar replaced Raju in Hera Pheri 3 with Kartik Aaryan greatly disappointed the fans. Akshay’s departure from the popular comedy franchise surprised many, including Suniel Shetty. And now, if the latest reports are to be believed, it was not Karthik 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 Replace Akshay Kumar, Suniel Shetty Once Again With Hera Pheri As They Dance To ‘Aye Meri Johrajbeen’ [Watch Hilarious Video]

According to Bollywood Hungama, Anand Pandit and Firoz Nadiadwala were the first to approach Varun with the offer of Hera Pheri 3. Both wanted Varun to replace Raju due to his comic timing. Both producers also hired David Dhawan to direct the film along with his son Rohit Dhawan. But Varun politely declined the offer out of his immense respect for Akshay Kumar, who has made the Hera Pheri franchise a blockbuster. Also Read: Kartik Aaryan Has Epic Response On Being Called A ‘Replacement Star’; This will win over the non-fans.

“Varun has great respect for Akshay Kumar and didn’t want to use the not-so-good equation between Akshay and Firoz to move up the ladder of stardom. Hera Pheri 3 is a blockbuster for sure, but Varun comes out of it. The film is out of respect for Akshay. His father, David Dhawan, felt the same way,” said a source quoted by the entertainment portal, Varun and his father David told Firoz and Anand about his decision. Also Read: Akshay Kumar Turned Down These Blockbuster Movies Before Hera Pheri 3

After bringing Kartik on board, the creators are now looking for a director. It was said that she had approached director Anees Bazmee about taking the director’s seat. But nothing has been finalized yet.

Hera Pheri was first released in the year 2000, and it was directed by Priyadarshan. It starred Akshay Kumar, Sunil Shetty and Paresh Rawal. The film is a remake of the 1989 Malayalam film Ramji Rao, which itself was inspired by the 1971 TV film See the Man Run.

The first installment, Hera Pheri, revolves around two tenants, Raju and Shyam, and a landlord, Baburao, who, in dire need of money, receives a ransom call 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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