14 Nov – Akshay Kumar recently apologised for deciding to withdraw from the third instalment of his hit movie, "Hera Pheri".
The actor, who was replaced by Kartik Aaryan despite previously revealing that the film will be one of his three new sequel projects aside from "Awara Paagal Deewana 2" and "Welcome 3", cited "creative differences" as the reason for his departure.
"See, the film was offered to me, I was told about it. But the screenplay, script and everything... I was not satisfied; I was not happy with it. I have to just not say it, I have to do what people want to see and that is why, I backed out," he explained at the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit 2019.
"For me, it's a part of my life, my journey in a huge way. I feel very sad too. I feel very sad that I'm unable to do it because I am not happy with how the things have changed... with the creative thing. I am not happy with it so, I just backed out."
Akshay also apologised to fans, saying that he is hurt as much as they are about not returning.
"It's a very sad thing, but at the same time they made it trending, thank you very much. I cannot tell you how much my fans show their love and support to me... I apologise to them that I won't be doing Hera Pheri. Sorry."
The first "Hera Pheri" was released in 2000 and stars Akshay, Sunil Shetty, and Paresh Rawal as three men who hatch a plan to steal a ransom money after chancing upon a ransom call.
The sequel, "Phir Hera Pheri", was released back in 2006.