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» Hindi Movies : Movie Review : Phir Hera Pheri
Starring: Akshay Kumar, Sunil Shetty, Paresh Rawal, Bipasha Basu, Rimmi Sen, Johny Lever, Shakti Kapoor
Director: Neeraj Vora
Music: Himesh Reshammiya
Producer: Firoz Nadiadwala

Phir Hera Pheri

The deadly trio of Baburao, Shyam and Raju are back again to regale the audience with their amusing anecdotes and gags coupled with increased enthusiasm. PHIR HERA PHERI, a sequel to HERA PHERI (2000), a Firoz A. Nadiadwala production is now directed by Neeraj Vora. The pivotal star cast is still the same (Paresh Rawal, Sunil Shetty and Akshay Kumar), with comedy kings Johnny Lever, Rajpal Yadav, Sunil Pal, Tiku Talsania along with the two Bengali bongs, Bipasha Basu and Rimmi Sen.

Raju is the one who comes up with the idea of increasing their wealth in a short space of time. But for Raju's plan to work, they need to invest more money on top of what they already have. Whilst Shyam and Baburao are completely ignorant when it comes to financial matters, Raju, as always comes up with a solution. He manages to convince two potential investors with his plan!

One of them being Rajpal Yadav who seems to be in trouble already - he himself has borrowed money from a dangerous gangster who is out for the kill if he does not pay up. So, in their quest for more money and wealth, Baburao, Raju and Shyam find themselves being part of one more exciting adventure. They have taken the risk and now they have to run to save themselves.

HERA PHERI ended with the trio [Raju, Shyam, Baburao] receiving a hefty sum in the end. So what did the trio do with all the money? Did they live happily ever after? Or did they become greedy for more? PHIR HERA PHERI takes off from her...

Neeraj Vora's writing and direction are aimed at the masses. Besides, Vora has been faithful to HERA PHERI by making the characters look and behave exactly the way they were in the first part. Only thing, as a writer, he could've packed in more gags in the second hour.

The album is not instantly satisfying like his last albums. Most of the songs donít have this super hit edge. Though the album loses some steam at the end, Himesh who is in charge of the mike for the first three numbers, produces a different genre number and two formulaic hit songs. Is it fair to say that though he is being repetitive, his singing is improving? Being a comedy, there is little scope to explore music but this is only a barrier to produce a hit score. The bottom line is that Himesh delivers as the music director and singer. However, expectations are not met because he himself has set his standard high lately. Two songs match the Anu Malik style and it is intriguing.

PHIR HERA PHERI belongs to Paresh Rawal from Scene A to Z. The actor is at his best yet again and all actors in the radius, even though they come up with competent performances, get eclipsed in front of this towering performance. Akshay Kumar is fantastic, but the only thing is he's repeating the same act in film after film. Suniel Shetty is quite good. In fact, he compliments Paresh and Akshay beautifully. Both Bipasha and Rimmi are hardly there. Rajpal Yadav excels. Sharat Saxena and Johny Lever are able. The remaining actors enact their parts satisfactorily.

On the whole, skip Phir Hera Pheri.

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