Hera Pheri (2000) starring Akshay Kumar, Suniel Shetty and Paresh Rawal went on to become a blockbuster at the box-office thanks to its incredible comedy. South director Priyadarshan earned the fame of king of comedy in Hindi films, as the director soon helmed several comedies in Bollywood. However today producer of Hera Pheri – Firoz Nadiadwala spoke to a leading daily and made some shocking allegations about the director.
Recently Priyadarshan in an interview stated that he had rejected to direct Hera Pheri 2 which happened in 2002. This irked the producer Firoz Nadiadwala and pushed him further to speak about Priyadarshan in his interview to the daily.
Firoz Nadiadwala says that Priyadarshan never even completed Hera Pheri. The producer further adds that Paresh Rawail’s iconic character was not even the director’s vision and neither were Akshay Kumar and Suniel Shetty’s his own. Priyadarshan had a film about an economically challenged family drama written for the makers with a runtime of 3 hours and 40 mins. Moreover his version had many dramatic scenes and less humorous lines. It is said that he was even absent during the background music recording, and dubbing.
Firoz Nadiadwala further breathes fire and says that the real work on the film began after Priyadarshan’s disappearance. He says he completed the film with late writer and director Neeraj Vora and choreographer Ahmed Khan. The producer credits the writer Neeraj Vora for most of the work, “He added a lot of punchlines. We deleted the sad scenes. We did a lot of improvisations during the dubbing and editing to make it what the audience knows by today,” he told the daily.
The producer adds that Priyadarshan didn’t inform that the Hindi remake rights of the Malayalam film Ramji Rao Speaking (1989) were sold to someone else. The producer is furious and says that he had to break his silence. What’s more, he even concludes by saying that the director even tried to convince some actors not to do the sequel.