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Firoz Nadiadwala's big success Hera Pheri has a sequel on the way. Titled Phir Hera Pheri, the new film features Akshay Kumar, Suniel Shetty and Paresh Rawal from the 2000 original. Comedians Asrani and Johnny Lever have been added, in an attempt to further bolster the laughs.

The big difference in this film, however, is that director Priyadarshan has been replaced by comedian-writer-director Neeraj Vora. Vora had, incidentally, penned the dialogues for the original.

Tabu, who was the leading lady in Hera Pheri, is missing from the new cast.

Phir Hera Pheri initially starred Lara Dutta and Neha Dhupia. Neha even attended the film's launch a couple of months ago. But Bipasha Basu and Rimi Sen have replaced them.

When Vickey Lalwani went on the sets of the film in Madh Island, a comedy scene was being shot.

The scene: Bipasha has come to take some money from Akshay Kumar, Suniel Shetty, Paresh Rawal. The trio tries to act like perfect gentlemen and see her to the door. Shetty, mesmerised by her beauty, gets carried away and escorts her till the car.

Rawal shouts behind Shetty's back, "Arre bai geli!" (The woman has left)

Akshay chips in: "Uske ghar tak jayega kya?" (Will you go up to her house?)

Shetty stops in his tracks, looking dazed.

Vora yells 'Cut!'

He isn't satisfied and asks for a retake.

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Photographs: Pradeep Bandekar
Design: Satish Bodas



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