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Hera Pheri Movie (2000) Cast, Release Date, Story, Budget, Collection, Poster, Trailer, Review

Hera Pheri

March 31, 2000 |
2hr 18min |
2hr 18min
March 31, 2000


The plot revolves around two tenants, Raju and Shyam and a landlord Baburao ganpatrao apte , in desperate need of money, chance upon a ransom call via a cross connection. They hatch a plan to claim the ransom for themselves.

Hera Pheri Movie Cast & Character

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Akshay Kumar
Rajesh Rathod ″Raju″
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Suniel Shetty
Ghanshyam Tripathi "Shyam"
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Paresh Rawal
Baburao Ganpatrao Apte "Babu Bhaiya"
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Anuradha Shivshankar Panikar
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Bank Manager
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Om Puri
Khadak Singh (Shyam's friend)
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Kulbhushan Kharbanda
Devi Prasad
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Gulshan Grover
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Razak Khan
Chhota Chetan
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Kashmira Shah
Kabira's gang member
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Dinesh Hingoo
Chaman Jhinga
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Mushtaq Khan
Devi Prasad's servant
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Mukesh Khanna
Inspector Prakash (special appearance)
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Sulabha Arya
Savitri Devi (Raju's mother)
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Ann Alexia Anra
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Snehal Dabi
Man misjudging Bank Manager at the Bus Stan
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Sharad Sankla
Bank Peon
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Bhairavi Vaidya
Mrs. Panikar
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Kahkashan Patel
Special appearance in song
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Rajeev Mehta
Laundry Business Owner
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Namrata Shirodkar
Miss Jhinga

Hera Pheri Movie Crew

Music Composer (Song)
Music Composer (Score)

Hera Pheri Movie Trailer, Teaser & Videos

Hera Pheri Movie Poster & Photos

Where to Watch Hera Pheri Movie Online (Stream)


The plot revolves around two tenants, Raju and Shyam and a landlord Baburao ganpatrao apte , in desperate need of money, chance upon a ransom call via a cross connection. They hatch a plan to claim the ransom for themselves.

Hera Pheri Movie Details

Based on: Ramji Rao Speaking by Siddique-Lal
Status: released
Available on: streaming-platform
Theatrical Release Date: March 31, 2000
Budget: ₹7.5 crore
Worldwide Collection: ₹17.8 crore

Production & Distribution Company

Production Companies


About Hera Pheri Movie

    • It is the first installment of the Hera Pheri franchise.

    • Initially film’s name was “Rafttar”, but latter changed to “Hera Pheri”.

    • The movie is a remake of the 1989 Malayalam film Ramji Rao Speaking which itself was inspired by the 1971 TV movie See The Man Run.

    • 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.

    • Akshay Kumar’s first step into the comedy genre.

    • Over the years, the film went on to become a cult classic and is regarded as one of the best Hindi comedy films ever made. The film is noted for its authenticity and depiction of the economic problem of lower-middle-class families in India, situational comedy, dialogues, and performances of the lead trio Kumar, Rawal, and Shetty.

    • It was voted the best Bollywood comedy film of all time in an online poll conducted by The Indian Express.

    • 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 South Africa and Hera Pheri 3 will also be shot there.

    • The film score was composed by Surinder Sodhi.

    • Raveena Tandon was signed for a item song but was replaced by Namrata Shirodkar.

    • Sanjay Dutt was the initial choice for Sunil Shetty’s role. Sanjay Dutt had to leave the film because he had to attend court every day and only could do night scenes. He told Firoz Nadiawala that after completing Kartoos (1999) he could not do any film for a short period, so he suggested that Sunil Shetty should take his place in the film.

    • Paresh Rawal’s was appreciated by the audience so much that later he only switched to comedy roles in the new millennium and did not do negative characters for which he was known for in the 80s and 90s.

    • The song “Mujhse milti hai…” filmed on Akshay Kumar and Rambha, whose promos were aired on television, was deleted from the final cut of the movie.

    • The film didn’t do well commercially when released. But became a surprise hit on cable tv and then on television. All the three actors were praised for their comic timing. Akshay Kumar’s career was on downhill as his action films were not working and he was experimenting with drama films. This film brought his comic timing in limelight and there was no turning back after that. Akshay in an interview said that he owe all his learning of comic acting to Priyadarshan and Hera Pheri.
    • Hera Pheri was theatrically released on 31 March 2000. It was opened with mixed reviews, some of whom applauded the performances of Kumar and Rawal particularly. Although the film became a moderate success grossing ₹17.8cr at the box office against a budget of ₹7.5cr. It spawned a sequel, Phir Hera Pheri, released in 2006.


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