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The Munnabhai - Hera Pheri tales continue

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By: Subhash K. Jha, IndiaFM
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
After the success of the Munnabhai and Hera Pheri sequels, the two brand titles have become the hottest sellers at the turnstiles and also the hottest competitors between each other. Neither of the two producers Vidhu Vinod Chopra nor Feroz Nadiadwala are not taking any chances with the next Munnabhai and Hera Pheri films.

Raj Kumar Hirani and his writer Abhijat Joshi have decided to put the next sequel on hold to work much harder on the script of the third part of the Munnabhai series. Since the third part of the Munnabhai film is set in the US, the third segment of Hera Pheri has undergone a sea...or shall we say, see change. Earlier to be titled International Hera Pheri and to be shot entirely in the various parts of the world, the third Hera Pheri is now simply called Hera Pheri Part 4 and will be set entirely in Mumbai.

Says a source, "When producer Feroz Nadiadwala heard that the next Munnabhai film will be shot in the US, he immediately took his actors Akshay Kumar, Suniel Shetty and Paresh Rawal into confidence. They all decided that the flavour, fervour and humour of the Hera Pheri series comes from its local Mumbaiya flavour. Plans to make International Hera Pheri were dropped. Instead the team has moved on to the fourth part."

Adds the source, "Shooting slick comedies abroad has become very boring, Hera Pheri gets its energy from its local milieu." One thing is for sure. The war between the two series has now reached a flash point. Which will emerge the bigger winner? Everything will depend on how well the third part of Munnabhai and Hera Pheri are received.

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