NEW DELHI, India (Hollywood Reporter) - Warner Bros. has
filed a lawsuit against Mumbai-based producer/distributor
Mirchi Movies related to the title of its upcoming film "Hari
Puttar -- A Comedy of Terrors," which Warners feels is a tad
too similar to its franchise about a certain young wizard.
The case is being heard in the Bombay High Court and comes
up for hearing Monday (August 25). "Hari Puttar," a comedy that
centers on a 10-year-old Indian boy whose family moves to
England, is slated for a September 12 release.
"We have recently commenced proceedings against parties
involved in the production and distribution of a movie entitled
'Hari Puttar,"' London-based Warners spokeswoman Deborah
Lincoln said. "Warner Bros. values and protects intellectual
property rights. However, it is our policy not to discuss
publicly the details of any ongoing litigation."
The Hari Puttar name began making the rounds here as a
comic gag when the first "Harry Potter" film was released. Hari
is a popular Indian name, and "puttar" means "son" in the
"Since the case is sub-judice, we can't comment as of now,"
Mirchi Movies CEO Munish Purii said. "However, we registered
the 'Hari Puttar' title in 2005, and it's unfortunate that
Warner has chosen to file a case so close to our film's
release. In my opinion, I don't think our title has any
similarity or links with 'Harry Potter."'
"Hari Puttar" is directed by Rajesh Bajaj and Lucky Kohli
and stars Jackie Shroff, Saurabh Shukla and Sarika.
Warners' next "Harry Potter" installment, "Harry Potter and
the Half-Blood Prince," is slated for release worldwide in