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Warner Bros. Sues Indian Movie Producer Over 'Hari Puttar' Name

Warner Bros. has filed a lawsuit against Indian movie producer 'Mirchi Movies' over the title of its upcoming film.

The studio claims that the film's title of 'Hari Puttar: A Comedy of Terrors' is too close to the name of its 'Harry Potter' franchise and could create confusion amongst fans.

The movie's name is based, in part, on a play on words on 'Harry Potter' as Hari is a popular Indian name, and "puttar" means "son" in Punjabi. Hence 'Hari Puttar' actually means my son Hari.

The film's content is also not similar to tales of the wizardly boy, being a comedy, and instead focuses on a 10-year-old boy's journey in life as his family relocates to England.

Mirchi Movies' CEO says they can't comment as the case is in legal hands, but they registered the name in 2005 and are perhaps more disappointed that the case has been filed less than three weeks before the movie's release date of September 12.

Since the case is being heard in India's movie capital of Bombay, we doubt it will go in WB's favour, especially since the words hold meaning in a different language and the content of the movie is not related in any way to the boy wizard.

August 25, 2008 |

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