Hari puttar: A comedy of terrors – a new bollywood movie releasing on the 12th September, 2008 landed itself in legal trouble after Warner Bros sued the producers of the movie in Delhi High Court for using a title similar to Harry Potter.
PTI reports that Warner Bros submitted before the bench of Justice Reva Khetrapal that title of the film is identical and deceptively similar to popular trademark Harry Potter. Warner bros believes that the producers of the film are trying to gain commercial mileage by confusing the viewers and harping on the popularity of Harry Potter. The title of the movie ‘Hari Puttar’ is phonetically similar to the immensely popular Harry Potter series.
The producers of the movie Hari Puttar, however, refute the charges and deny the allegations that the film’s title is in any way similar to the Harry potter. The movie is based on an original literary work, Hari Puttar means (both in Hindi and Punjabi) God’s son and bears no resemblance to the Harry Potter series, the producer’s said.
The controversy couldn’t have come at a better time for the producers, while the legal battle continues; the movie is getting free publicity and the visibility it needs to rattle tills at the box office.
The story of movie goes like this…
The story of hari puttar bears a striking resemblance to Hollywood flick – Home alone. Hari Prasad Dhoonda or Hari Puttar, as he is popularly known moves from India to the U.K. with his parents. His father, Prof. Dhoonda is assigned to work on a secret project with the Defense Forces at a remote location in the U.K. He has access to confidential information that is stored on a chip and safely kept at his house.
Within days of their arrival in London, Hari’s aunt and uncle DK visit the Dhoonda residence with their own as well DK’s boss’ children. At this point, everything goes for a spin for Hari Puttar. Hari Puttar suddenly feels unwanted, undermined and unappreciated. But Hari has a friend from his fantasy world – Funtoon, who is around when Hari really needs him. Funtoon is a fun character – a ‘Masti Ka Boss’ and helps Hari cheer up when he is down or when he is upto some Masti. The two are like alter egos who complement each other. To top it, DK arranges a vacation for the entire family and as luck would have it, the next morning, the whole family leaves in a tearing hurry, forgetting that they have left something integral behind – Namely Hari and his little cousin Tuk Tuk.
Meanwhile, an infamous don, Kali Mirchi, assigns two bumbling burglars to steal the secret formula chip from Hari’s house. Hari accidentally discovers the mission of the burglars and is determined to save the secret formula from being exposed. The so-called diminutive Hari Puttar embarks on a journey of great adventure and suddenly discovers the self-confidence, creativity and gumption that he did not know he possessed. With his innovative plans, determined wit, and with able support from Tuk Tuk, Hari Puttar manages to not only save the secret chip but also captures the two unsuspecting thugs. Hari’s mother in the meanwhile, desperate to get back to Hari goes through her own adventure to reach back home; And when she does, she finds that she had left behind a son and had come back to a little hero