Warner Brothers Vs. Bollywood
Thu, 28 Aug 2008 12:31:27
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Hollywood and Bollywood are engaging in a round of legal fisticuffs regarding Harry Potter and Hari Puttar. Bollywood producers are on the cusp of releasing Hari Puttar: A Comedy of Terrors, but they've been slapped with a lawsuit by Warner Brothers, who claims that the title borrows a bit too much from their cornerstone franchise's main character, Harry Potter. While it's commonplace for the Indian film industry and Bollywood to copy films and plots from Western cinema, Warner Brothers feels this film goes a bit too far in its similarities.
However, the producers of Hari Puttar claim that their film bears no resemblance to the any of the movies in the mega-successful Harry Potter franchise. Munish Purii of Mirchi Movies said that "Hari" is a common name in India and that "Puttar" is the Punjabi word for "son." Incidentally, the plot of Hari Puttar is a carbon copy of the 1990-released Home Alone, featuring a young Indian boy who is left alone in his house while his parents vacation and must rely on his wits to fend off burglars. Hari Puttar is set for release on September 12 and Warner Brothers is seeking an injunction against the film. The next hearing regarding this matter is set for September 2.
The legal eagles at Warner Brothers are burning the midnight oil, as the studio is currently weaving several litigious webs. WB is also currently embroiled in a lawsuit with 20th Century Fox over who owns the rights to the blockbuster-to-be Watchmen.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff