Sadly, Akshay Kumar who is in many ways the mainstay of the Hera Pheri franchise is no longer part of it. The core cast for the new Hera Pheri film encores Paresh Rawal and Suniel Shetty. But instead of Akshay, the film features John Abraham.
For those who may miss Akshay in this installment of Hera Pheri here is a good news. Two characters have been incorporated as homage to Akshay’s character.
Says producer Firoz Nadiadwala, “Akshay played the roguish and very popular character Raju in Hera Pheri. We have incorporated references in the dialogue to his character as gone missing. Writer-director Neeraj Vora has incorporated two characters named Raju who could have been played by Akshay. One is a character called Raju Khabri, a roguish police informer played by Abhishek Bachchan, and the other is Raju Duplicate played by John Abraham who makes a living by selling pirated copies of Bhojpuri films.”
Apparently both the characters were written with Akshay Kumar in mind. And never mind if Akshay is no more a part of the franchise.