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Suniel Shetty reflects on the rocky start and ultimate success of Hera Pheri: “The first two shows were flat, zero”

en Bollywood News Suniel Shetty reflects on the rocky start and ultimate success of Hera Pheri: “The first two shows were flat, zero”

The actor recalls the initial box office struggle of the now-iconic comedy film and its eventual rise to cult status.

Suniel Shetty recently opened up about the surprising initial reception of the beloved comedy film Hera Pheri. Directed by Priyadarshan and starring Akshay Kumar, Paresh Rawal, and Suniel Shetty, the film faced a rocky start at the box office. In a podcast with Bharti TV, Shetty revealed that the first two shows of the film were met with zero footfalls, branding it a disaster at its debut. He said "The first two shows of Hera Pheri were flat. Zero. It was a disaster."

Suniel Shetty reflects on the rocky start and ultimate success of Hera Pheri: “The first two shows were flat, zero”

Suniel Shetty reflects on the rocky start and ultimate success of Hera Pheri: “The first two shows were flat, zero”

Unexpected turnaround

Despite the initial setback, the film saw a sudden surge in popularity later in the day. Shetty recalled how he and his co-stars, Paresh Rawal and Akshay Kumar, were confident in the film's potential during filming. Their belief in the project, coupled with their chemistry and comic timing, contributed to the film's eventual success. "We were laughing like crazy during the shoot," Shetty noted, emphasizing their optimism about the film’s prospects.

Comparison to Border

Suniel Shetty also drew parallels between the fate of Hera Pheri and his earlier film Border, directed by J.P. Dutta. He recounted how Border was initially dismissed as a "documentary" but later became one of Indian cinema's biggest hits. This experience underscored for him that sometimes, films with the most delayed reactions can ultimately achieve great success.

About Hera Pheri and its legacy

Hera Pheri tells the story of two tenants, Raju (Akshay Kumar) and Shyam (Suniel Shetty), and their landlord Baburao (Paresh Rawal), who find themselves in a comedic mix-up involving a ransom call. The film's memorable characters, hilarious scenes, and witty dialogues have made it a timeless favorite among audiences. The screenplay and dialogues were penned by the late Neeraj Vora.

Upcoming projects and sequels

The success of Hera Pheri led to a sequel, Phir Hera Pheri, released in 2006, featuring the same lead trio. Now, fans have reason to rejoice as Hera Pheri 3 is in the works, with Akshay Kumar, Paresh Rawal, and Suniel Shetty reprising their iconic roles. Directed by Farhad Samji, the film is reportedly set to go on floors soon, and the team has already shot promotional material for the upcoming release. Shetty shared his excitement in an interview, hoping for the film’s success while humorously adding, "My fingers are crossed! I hope nazar na lage kisi ki."

Suniel Shetty's reflections on Hera Pheri highlight the unpredictable nature of the film industry. From a disappointing start to becoming a cult classic, Hera Pheri continues to capture the hearts of audiences, proving that sometimes, perseverance and belief in a project can lead to extraordinary success.

Also Read: Suniel Shetty denies businessman label: Cherishes ‘Priceless’ Khandala Home

More Pages: Hera Pheri Box Office Collection


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