Hera Pheri (2000 film)

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Hera Pheri
Hera Pheri 2000 poster.jpg
Directed byPriyadarshan
Produced byA. G. Nadiadwala
Screenplay byNeeraj Vora
Story byAnand Vardhan
Based onRamji Rao Speaking
by Siddique-Lal
StarringAkshay Kumar
Paresh Rawal
Sunil Shetty
Music bySongs:
Anu Malik
Guest Composers:
Lalit Sen
Bally Sagoo
Background Score:
Surinder Sodhi
Edited byN. Gopalakrishnan
A. G. Films
Distributed byShemaroo Entertainment
Release date
  • 31 March 2000 (2000-03-31)
Running time
143 mins[1]
Budget 7.5 crore [2]
Box officeest. 24.5 crore [2]

Hera Pheri (transl. Monkey business) is a 2000 Indian Hindi-language comedy film directed by Priyadarshan, starring Akshay Kumar, Sunil Shetty, Paresh Rawal and Tabu.[3] The film is remake of 1989 Malayalam film Ramji Rao Speaking which itself was based on the 1971 TV movie See The Man Run.[4] The film spawned a sequel, Phir Hera Pheri, released in 2006. It is the first instalment of the Hera Pheri franchise.

Over the years, the film went on to become a cult classic.[5] It was voted as the best Bollywood comedy film of all time in an online poll conducted by The Indian Express.[6]


The film begins with Shyam (Suniel Shetty), a guy searching for a job at a bank. He was unable to get the job in spite of his late father who worked there accidentally bumps into a guy named Raju (Akshay Kumar). Shyam mistakes Raju for a pickpocket and begins to chase him. However, he discovers the truth and vice versa occurs with Raju chasing Shyam mistaking him for a pickpocket. Raju has his own troubles, dealing with his daydreams and unfriendly people he is working for. He is unable to keep a job and thus faces many problems.

Shyam then approaches a garage owned by the name of Baburao Ganpatrao Apte (Paresh Rawal)and manages to get a room on rent by compromising on the amount for Baburao's alcohol. Unbeknownst to him, Raju is staying in the same house on rent, which he hasn't paid for the last two years. The trio falls into hilarious situations that usually involve Raju instigating Shyam and purposefully trying to create a ruckus that Baburao, fondly called as Babu Bhaiyya, has to resolve. During one such fight, a girl named Anuradha (Tabu) arrives and tries to persuade Shyam to sign the Non-Objection Certificate, so that she could have the job at the bank. When Shyam refuses, Raju hatches a plot to make him sign the papers. Shyam eventually finds out that Raju made him sign the papers and that is when the rivalry between the two commences. An old friend of Shyam, Khadak Singh (Om Puri), comes to his place asking to return his money so that he can marry off his sister.

Shyam finds out that Raju has been deceiving his mother by posing as an engineer. Anuradha prepares a job resignation meanwhile and gives it to Shyam, who in return tears it up because of her mentally ailing mother and the poor conditions of her home. Later he confronts Raju who reveals that he wants to see his mother happy.

Their life takes an unexpected turn when they get a call from Kabira (Gulshan Grover) which is a wrong number actually meant for the owner of Star Fisheries, Mr Devi Prasad (Kulbhushan Kharbanda). The wrong number is because of the misprint in the phone directory, which renders Star Fisheries' number as Star Garage's and vice versa. Kabeera, a terrorist cum kidnapper, thinking that it is Devi Prasad, tells him that his granddaughter Rinku is kidnapped and asks for a ransom. Raju overhears the entire conversation going between Kabeera and Shyam and decides to play a game.

The game involves Shyam calling Devi Prasad posing as the kidnappers and asking for double the ransom amount, which will solve their monetary problems. Shyam and Baburao initially repel the idea and try to do what is moral. But Raju, in turn, convinces them that even though wrong, this is a golden chance to earn money. Both relent and phone the real Devi Prasad and ask for double ransom. On their first attempt they wear helmets as a disguise but their attempt gets foiled by the police (called secretly by Devi Prasad's servant (Mushtaq Khan). Kabeera later informs them that the ransom has been doubled. They phone Devi Prasad again and ask for a foolproof double ransom.

On their second attempt, they wear Zorro costumes to hide their identities. However, they reveal their true identities to Devi Prasad to win his confidence and try to save Rinku from the kidnappers. But she recognizes Shyam as an imposter and Kabeera gets alerted. A huge fight involving the police, Kabeera's gang members and Khadak Singh's men, infuriated by the delay in returning the money, takes place. Rinku is saved by the three and returned to Devi Prasad. Baburao and Shyam go home happily intending to find Raju with the money, but they find him missing. They think he has cheated them and calls the police to confess the crime. But Raju returns and reveals that he had gone only to return the money of the creditors. The police arrive and seeing the money, the trio is arrested.

In the end, Devi Prasad comes to the trio's rescue and convinces the police that it was all a misunderstanding and saves the three and they go home, richer than ever. The film ends with the trio picking up the call getting shocked and then laugh heartily as it was a prank call from Devi Prasad's granddaughter Rinku.



Hera Pheri was the first time that Priyadarshan worked with Akshay Kumar and Sunil Shetty. He had worked with Paresh Rawal in Doli Saja Ke Rakhna. It also marked the beginning of a long association between Priyadarshan and the three actors. Following Hera Pheri, Priyadarshan has made sure that either Kumar, Shetty, Rawal or a combination of the three actors would star in his films. The only exceptions are Dhol, Billu, Tezz and Rangrezz. Parts of the film were shot in Dubai, and Hera Pheri 3 will also be shot there.[7]



The film score was composed by Surinder Sodhi.


All lyrics are written by Sameer; all music is composed by Anu Malik with the exception of the song "Tun Tunak Tun", which was composed by Lalit Sen and Bally Sagoo.[8] Soundtrack album released by Saregama.

1."Mujhse Milti Hai Ek Ladki Rozana" (Not used in the film)Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik6:00
2."Jab Bhi Koi Haseena"K.K.6:40
3."Main Ladki Pom Pom"Abhijeet Bhattacharya, Kavita Krishnamurthy6:12
4."Denewala Jab Bhi Deta Deta Chhappar Phaad Ke"Abhijeet Bhattacharya, Vinod Rathod, Hariharan6:50
5."Humba Leela"Abhijeet Bhattacharya, Vinod Rathod, Hariharan7:58
6."Tun Tunak Tun"Richa Sharma, K.K. (in film)7:06
7."Sun Zara" (Not used in the film)Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik7:15
8."Tun Tunak Tun" (Remix)Richa Sharma2:43
Total length:50:44


The film did not open well upon release, but picked up later and became a box office success,[9] grossing Rs. 24,25,00,000 in India.[10] Much of the acclaim went to Paresh Rawal for his comic timing and acting, with critics calling it "one of his best performances ever". Aparajita Saha of Rediff stated "the movie belongs entirely to Paresh Rawal. Whatever laughter the film solicits is solely due to him. He has impeccable timing and a natural flair for comedy. Sunil Shetty's role and his performance is also too good."[11] Alok Kumar of Planet Bollywood praised the movie saying "Priyadarshan's Hera Pheri is a delight to watch for its performances, some songs, and an interesting story line".[12]

It has achieved a cult status among Indian audiences[13] and is regarded as one of the best Hindi comedy films ever made.[9] The dialogues, "Rakh! Rakh teri maa ki rakh!" and "Khopdi tod saale ka" said by Baburao Apte (Paresh Rawal) became widely famous and is used popularly in Indian memes.[citation needed]


Year Film Language Cast Director
1990 Ramji Rao Speaking Malayalam Sai Kumar, Mukesh, Innocent, Rekha Siddique–Lal
1990 Arangetra Velai Tamil Prabhu, Revathi, V. K. Ramaswamy Fazil
2000 Hera Pheri Hindi Akshay Kumar, Sunil Shetty, Paresh Rawal & Tabu
2002 Dhanalakshmi I Love You Telugu Allari Naresh, Aditya, Naresh Shiva Nageswara Rao
2004 Trin Trin Kannada Dharma, Rakesh Krishna, Doddanna Adithya Chikkanna
2002 Wrong Number Oriya Mihir Das, Sritam Das Bobby Islam

Awards and nominations[edit]

Awards Category Recipients and Nominees Results
International Indian Film Academy Awards Best Actor in a Comic Role[14] Paresh Rawal Won
Filmfare Awards Best Comedian Paresh Rawal
Screen Awards Best Comic Actor Paresh Rawal
Best Screenplay Neeraj Vora
Best Dialogue Neeraj Vora
Best Performance in a Comic Role Om Puri Nominated
Best Story Anand S. Vardhan
Best Editing N. Gopalakrishnan


Phir Hera Pheri, the sequel, was released in 2006. Alongside the main trio, Bipasha Basu and Rimi Sen join the cast. The sequel was also successful as well.


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  6. ^ "Surfers pick 'Hera Pheri', 'Andaz Apna Apna' as top Hindi comedy films of all time in Indian Express online poll". The Indian Express. 19 June 2014. Archived from the original on 3 April 2015. Retrieved 25 March 2015.
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  11. ^ Saha, Aparajita (31 March 2000). "The review of Hera Pheri". Rediff. Archived from the original on 5 May 2011. Retrieved 19 April 2011.
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  14. ^ "Paresh Rawal Awards: List of awards and nominations received by Paresh Rawal | Times of India Entertainment". The Times of India. Retrieved 12 February 2020.

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