Following negativity and Kisi Ka Bhai Kisi Ki Jaan’s underwhelming response, Hera Pheri 4 makers contemplated dropping Farhad Samji as the director.
Farhad Samji to be removed?
Hera Pheri 4, the third installment of the Hera Pheri franchise, starring Akshay Kumar, Suniel Shetty, and Paresh Rawal, is arguably the most anticipated film for many moviegoers. As a result, it has been constantly in the news, for both good and bad reasons. When a photo from the announcement promo shoot went viral, there were a lot of discussions.
The following day, social media was rife with criticism after it was revealed that Farhad Samji would be directing the comic caper. After his web series, Pop Kaun failed on Disney+ Hotstar, the rage grew. Many people thought it was poorly made and written, and they feared the worst for their much-anticipated film. As a result, the hashtag ‘Remove Farhad Samji From Hera Pheri’ began trending on Twitter.
And now it’s been revealed that the producers of Hera Pheri 4 are reconsidering hiring Farhad Samji. A source told Bollywood Hungama, “There’s too much negativity surrounding Farhad Samji. We have never seen such hate for a director in our lives. There have been Twitter trends to remove him and the makers feel it’s not completely unjustified.”
Also, Salman Khan’s film Ka Bhai Kisi Ki Jaan, which was written and directed by Farhad, received numerous criticisms for poor screenplay and writing.
Hera Pheri 4 makers finally listen to Fans
The source continued, “Farhad also wrote and directed Salman Khan’s latest release, Kisi Ka Bhai Kisi Ki Jaan. The film hasn’t met with a unanimously positive response though the weekend collections have turned out to be respectable. But doubts have been raised about whether he’ll be able to do justice to a film that people are dying to watch. Moreover, Pop Kaun was slammed by one and all while his last directorial, Bachchhan Paandey (2022), also wasn’t appreciated. The distributors and studios who want to tie up with Hera Pheri 4 have also made their apprehensions clear about Farhad.”
The source added, “No decision has been taken but yes, the makers are contemplating whether or not to have Farhad Samji on board. A decision will be taken in a few weeks.”
Also, an industry expert commented, “Farhad Samji as a director, in my opinion, is fine. He knows how to handle scale and grandeur. And there aren’t many directors who can do so in today’s times. He just needs to come up with a better script and dialogue. If that is taken care of, he can do a fine job with Hera Pheri 4.”
Farhad Samji responds
In the latest interview with Bollywood Hungama Farhad Samji, while promoting Kisi Ka Bhai Kisi Ki Jaan, opened up on the ‘Remove Farhad Samji From Hera Pheri’ trend.
He said, “Firstly when the film has not even been officially announced, toh kaun hai yeh log?” He further said, “We try our best. If anyone has any problem, then we’ll try to rectify it by making better movies and by writing better punches. Our intention is to appeal to audiences of all kinds and provide them with a film that has a combination of romance, masala, action, comedy etc. God has been very kind right from my writing days, and it continues as I turned director. Housefull 4 (2019) is the biggest hit of Akshay Kumar. Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 (2022; which he co-wrote) is such a huge success if we take into account the ROI. Ab iske aage kya bolne ka?”