“We are on auto pilot “

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‘Abhishek Bachchan and John Abraham’s on and off screen rapport promises to make Hera Pheri 3 a laughter riot’ says Manju Ramanan

Dubai’s Zabeel Park Gate 6 was a flurry of activity this noon. The sun was mercifully not so sharp and the flowers all there and a light breeze too. So, waiting for Abhishek Bachchan and John Abraham outside their make- up van wasn’t too tough.  Abhishek walks to John’s van and greets me warmly.  He’s a regular to Dubai and his home at Sanctuary Falls will be ready next year.  The synergy between the two stars is to be seen to be believed.  The duo has crackling chemistry and share a great rapport off screen as well – and are looking forward to Hera Pheri 3 that is an out and out comedy film.

“It is the third day of the film so we cannot discuss it. Dubai is a place we love to shoot.  We shot Happy New Year and were here for a long time. I had shot Om Jai Jagdish here long ago” says Abhishek. John too has had a long shoot schedule in Dubai with Firoz Nadiadwala’s Welcome Back and with buddy Abhishek, this film is about some serious fun all the way!

Known to have popularized Dubai across the last two decades through his films,producer Firoz Nadiadwala is excited about the film. “John’s character is called Raju Duplicate and Abhishek’s is called Raju Khabri. It is a fun ride and I am trying to make it a more comical, funny and humorous film. But the film has great potential for stunts for thrill and excitement apart from the laughter. We are back next month for a 50 day schedule,” he adds. The film is being shot in Mumbai, Dubai and Las Vegas.

Associate Producer  Arjun Kumar believes that the film has a serious UAE focus and there is a talent pool that the film has local participation that includes technicians as well. “The industry offers professional opportunities to everyone and the Dubai government has been very helpful.”

Director Neeraj Vora believes that comedy is serious business and the fact that Abhishek and John have such a great chemistry works for the film. “It is on auto pilot. Both the stars are not here to compete with each other but to complement each other. It is great for the director and that synergy works like magic.”

For more updates, read the May edition of Filmfare Middle East!