There were reports that Akshay Kumar has backed out of starring in Hera Pheri 3. Recently, Paresh Rawal confirmed in a tweet that Kartik Aaryan will star in the comedy franchise. While many fans were in shock with the current development, now the real reason behind Kartik replacing Akshay has been revealed.

According to Bollywood Hungama, producer Firoz Nadiadwala has been in parallel discussions with both Akshay and Kartik for the past few weeks. He was keen to revive the comedy franchise and started working on it at the earliest.

The report further states that Akshay quoted Rs 90 crore as his fee along with some additional share of profit as his remuneration. On the other hand, Karthik was ready to do the film for Rs 30 crore. When Feroze discussed with satellite and digital players, he felt that working with Kartik would fetch him more lucrative returns than Akshay.

There was a difference of around Rs 60 crore between the fees of Karthik and Akshay and after discussion, Feroze found that there was only Rs 15 crore less for Karthik than Akshay in terms of bringing in money from satellite and digital players. The deal was saving the producer around Rs 45 crore.

Firoz again tried to persuade Akshay to enter into a profit-sharing arrangement, but Khiladi Kumar rejected it as he felt that the Hera Pheri franchise benefits prominently due to his presence. Since the talks were not moving forward, Firoz had no option but to zero in on Karthik for the role of Raju in Hera Pheri 3.

The film will now be directed by Anees Bazmee and the talks are almost in advanced stages. Along with Akshay, the director would have been Farhad Samji, as the actor would have taken a major share of the profits. That said the key to the success of Hera Pheri 3 lies in the limited budget as well and now everything is in place.

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