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Phir Hera Pheri falls flat

Brilliant performances by Akshay Kumar and Paresh Rawal can't save a confused script, writes Diganta Guha.

india Updated: Jun 09, 2006 19:50 IST
Diganta Guha/ HT City
Diganta Guha/ HT City

Phir Hera Pheri
: Akshay Kumar, Suniel Shetty, Paresh Rawal, Bipasha Basu, Rimii, Rajpal Yadav, Johny Lever & Dia Mirza (Spl. appearance)
Director: Neeraj Vora
Rating: So-so

It’s the season of sequels and it has opened with Phir Hera Pheri- the sequel to Priyadarshan’s super comedy, Hera Pheri. The hype around PHH has been huge as the first film was a mind-boggling success. It’s fate at the box office could bring smiles on the faces of other sequel makers like Rakesh Roshan and Yash Raj Films (their Krrish and Dhoom 2 are due for release soon).

So, what do we think of the film? It’s so-so. Reason: immature treatment and confused script. Watching a sequel means you draw comparisons with the first film and the story has to continue (smoothly). Neeraj Vora (who wrote the screenplay and dialogues of Hera Pheri and who directs the sequel) tries to go one step ahead, but sadly only as far as the look and music of the film, not in terms of the story. More thought could have done some good.

At the end of the last film Raju (Akshay Kumar), Shyam (Suniel Shetty) and Baburao (Paresh Rawal) become crore



What they do with the money is the story. Several new characters arrive. There’s Anjali (Rimii), who is Akshay’s girlfriend, and a bar dancer played by Bipasha Basu. Rajpal Yadav, Sharat Saxena and Johny Lever are the other new faces.

The film starts well with some funny dialogues (Vora) and, of course, the comic timing of Akshay and Paresh is great. But that, too, plays spoilsport later as Vora spends too much time tickling the funny bone instead of going ahead with the story. The second half is disappointing. To make it a bit more ‘interesting’, Vora adds songs (Himesh Reshammiya) but they seem to be more for the sake of killing time. Especially the Kitne armaan number. The second half stretches and is also very slow.

Hera Pheri

was non-stop entertainment and was handled with maturity. Even the confusion at the end, with some

dhishum dhishum

thrown in, had some relevance to the story. In the sequel, the circus act seems to be completely out of place.


scores high in performance. Once again Akshay rises to the occasion and pulls the film through, supported by Paresh. The film rides on their shoulders. Suniel’s discomfiture with comedy is evident. Bipasha and Rimii are wasted and as for the rest, they do as expected.

Frankly speaking, we expected a much better product.

First Published: Jun 09, 2006 19:30 IST