Bollywood producers to release a film called “Hari Puttar: a comedy of terror” are working to fend off a copyright infringement lawsuit filed by Warner Bros. contends that the title of the film is too close to his mega-famous boy wizard franchise.
Although Bollywood often borrow films from liberal western movies, producers of “Hari Puttar: a comedy of terrors” to say that his film is nothing like a film in the “Harry Potter” series.
“There is absolutely no link” from Hari Puttar “to” Harry Potter” said Munish Purii, CEO of Mumbai-producers Mirchi Films. Hari is a common name in India while “puttar” is the son of Punabji he said.
“Even if it does rhyme with Harry Potter, surely there is a limit to the case?” Says Tarun Adarsh, editor of Trade Guide.
The film is not a story of sorts or assistant flight on broomsticks, but rather a story of an Indian boy left home alone, which combat the thieves when their parents are on vacation – much of the film recalled Home Alone with Macaulay Culkin.
Warner Brothers seeks an injunction against the film, which is set for release on September 12. The hearings began on Monday and the next is scheduled for September 2.
Deborah Warner Brothers Lincoln spokesman confirmed that the company has filed a lawsuit against the producers of “Hari Puttar”.
“Warner Brothers values and protects intellectual property rights. However, it is our policy not to discuss publicly the details of any ongoing litigation,” said Lincoln.