Phir Hera Pheri

Phir Hera Pheri (transl. Fraud Business Again) is a 2006 Indian Hindi-language comedy film directed by Neeraj Vora. It a sequel to the 2000 film Hera Pheri.[2] It is the second part of Hera Pheri film series. The film stars Akshay Kumar, Sunil Shetty and Paresh Rawal from the previous films while Bipasha Basu and Rimi Sen are the new additions. The central plot takes inspiration from Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. The movie was released on 9 June 2006.[3][4] The film grossed around 90 crores on a budget of 18 crores.

Phir Hera Pheri
Theatrical release poster
Directed byNeeraj Vora
Produced byFiroz Nadiadwala
Written byFahad Irshad
Screenplay byNeeraj Vora
Story byNeeraj Vora
StarringAkshay Kumar
Sunil Shetty
Paresh Rawal
Bipasha Basu
Rimi Sen
Johnny Lever
Narrated byNana Patekar
Music byHimesh Reshammiya
Edited byDiwakar P. Bhonsle
Virendra Gharse
Base Industries Group
Distributed byBase Industries Group
Release date
  • 9 June 2006 (2006-06-09)
Running time
153 mins
Budget18 crore[1]
Box office90 crore[1]


Hera Pheri ended with the trio of Raju (Akshay Kumar), Shyam/Ghanshyam (Sunil Shetty), and Baburao Ganapatrao Apte, fondly called as Babu Bhaiya (Paresh Rawal) rich and rolling in money. Phir Hera Pheri tells the story of what happens after they become wealthy.

The film opens with a prologue bringing the audience up to date, stating that each has suffered a personal loss despite their new riches. Shyam lost his only love Anuradha (Tabu) in an accident, Raju lost his ailling mother,[5] and Baburao - having nothing to lose in the first place - lost the little traces of common sense that he did possess.

The three men are living a lavish life in a massive bungalow and splurging on various luxuries. Raju hears about an idea for doubling his wealth in 21 days from a con woman, Anuradha (Bipasha Basu), who is claiming to be a bank manager, and she convinces Shyam and Baburao to go along with it. Raju first arranges for ₹30 lakh from Shyam and Baburao and then a further ₹50 lakh by selling their bungalow. He convinces a small-time goon, Pappu (Rajpal Yadav) to contribute the remaining balance of ₹20 lakh so that he can come up with the minimum deposit of ₹ one crore, which Anuradha has promised to double.

The trio invests the money and three weeks later realise that it was all a scam and that they are now penniless. To make matters worse, they do not even have possession of their bungalow, which Raju had sold off to arrange the last bit of money needed, and have to live in a chawl (tenement). Pappu shows up to the bungalow the next day to pick up his portion of the money but is shocked to learn that Raju has left and the bungalow is now in possession of a Parsi gun collector (Dinesh Hingoo). Pappu is now in trouble because he had borrowed money from a lisping but dreaded gangster, Tiwari (Sharat Saxena), who will kill him if he doesn't pay up.

He comes across Raju one day, and upon hearing of the scam pretends to be sympathetic. He tricks him and brings the three to his boss, telling him that they are the ones who took the money. Tiwari threatens them and tells them they have to come up with the money or else they will die. As they are being taken home by some of Tiwari's goons, the three manage to escape. Raju, Shyam and Baburao are about to leave the city when Raju remembers that he owes money to a woman named Anjali (Rimi Sen). The three head over to her house and are surprised to find that she is Pappu's sister. Tiwari's goons show up and kidnap Anjali because Pappu has not returned the money. Feeling guilty that he is the one who got Anjali in trouble, Raju decides that he will go to Tiwari and try to get her freed. Shyam and Baburao refuse to leave without them and decide to stay as well. The three go back to Tiwari to ask him to release Anjali, and Tiwari tells them to bring the money, releasing Anjali.

Raju, Shyam and Baburao now have three days to come up with ₹40 lakh to pay back the goon or else they will themselves be killed. Raju overhears the neighbour, Munnabhai (Johnny Lever), plotting to steal drugs from another gangster, Nanji Bhai (Milind Gunaji), and wrongly assumes they are talking about stealing money. Raju hatches a plan for the three of them to steal from Munnabhai. The three manage to succeed barely but are confused when they do not find money inside. Raju recognises the stuff like drugs and tells them that they are worth at least ₹ three crores (thirty million). They think that if they can sell them to Kachara Seth (Manoj Joshi) and pay off Tiwari, they can also become rich, but their neighbour once again steals the drugs from them. They then run into Anuradha, and she tells them that the entire scam was hatched by Kabeera (the gangster from the first Hera Pheri) and his close aide Chota Chetan (Razak Khan) to get revenge on the trio and that the only reason she went along with it was because they were holding her niece hostage (Anuradha's sister was Kabeera's gang member and part of the first film's kidnapping plot). Their money was converted to diamonds to pay the ransom, but she fled with them once she discovered her niece had escaped and hid them under a decoration of a circus float.

In the end, all the guys end up in a circus show where they attempt to get hold of the diamonds. These are strewn all over the ground in public by a gorilla. Soon the cops reach the spot, and they arrest Tiwari, Nanji Bhai as well as Chota Chetan. Raju, Shyam and Baburao flee along with Anjali, Anuradha and her niece. Raju escapes with Pappu's cellphone and three antique guns with him, which are worth ₹5–6 crore, though he does not know about it. Pappu informs Shyam and Baburao about the guns, after which they try to call Raju on his cellphone. The film ends in a cliffhanger where Raju is about to throw the weapons in the river with his cellphone ringing in his mouth.


The film became a sleeper hit. Its dialogues became very popular among fans. Many of its dialogues are still used as memes in social media.



The music was composed by Himesh Reshammiya,[6] with lyrics written by Sameer. The soundtrack album was released by T-Series.

The song Aye Meri Zohrajabeen was only seen in end title credit. The song became so popular that it was added in the movie later. The dream sequence of Paresh Rawal was added following the song.

According to the Indian trade website Box Office India, with around 10,00,000 units sold, this film's soundtrack album was the year's fifteenth highest-selling.[7]

Track listingEdit

1."Phir Hera Pheri"Sonu Nigam, Shaan, Kunal Ganjawala5:41
2."Dil De Diya"Sunidhi Chauhan, Kunal Ganjawala6:15
3."Mujhko Yaad Sataye Teri"Himesh Reshammiya4:38
4."Dil Naiyyo Maane Re"Himesh Reshammiya, Tulsi Kumar4:51
5."Aye Meri Zohrajabeen"Himesh Reshammiya5:23
6."Pyaar Ki Chatni"Sunidhi Chauhan, Sonu Nigam5:16
Total length:32:04


Awards Category Recipients and Nominees Results
International Indian Film Academy Awards Best Comedian Paresh Rawal Won
Filmfare Awards Best Comedian Paresh Rawal


A sequel titled Hera Pheri 3 is planned, but the production was postponed after director Neeraj Vora died on 14 December 2017 after a prolonged illness. After the response from Feroz Nadiadwala, it will be released.[8]

On 23 May 2018, it was confirmed that Hera Pheri 3 will now be directed by Indra Kumar and star the same team of Akshay Kumar, Suniel Shetty, and Paresh Rawal in the lead. It was reported that the film will be shot in a start-to-finish schedule and Indra Kumar confirmed to The Indian Express that the film will be ready for release in the second half of 2019. The film will continue the story of the previous two. Later, Indra Kumar left the project for unknown reasons and confirmed that Priyadarshan, who directed the first movie, will return as the director of the third.[9][10][11]


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  9. ^ Scroll Staff. "New 'Hera Pheri' film to reunite Akshay Kumar, Suniel Shetty and Paresh Rawal". Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  10. ^ "'हेरा फेरी 3': खत्म हुआ इंतजार, फिर गुदगुदाने आ रहे हैं बाबू भैया, राजू और श्याम". Zee News Hindi. 26 May 2018. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
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