Harry Potter is Nobody’s Puttar

25 Aug

Ooh, looks like somebody’s lawyers need to justify their hefty legal retainer. Reuters reports:

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.

Yup, that makes total sense to me. Because obviously people could mistake a B-movie headlining with Jackie Shroff, Saurabh Shukla and Sarika with oh, the biggest franchise to have hit the entertainment industry the world over in years.

It reminds of the time when the best mom-and-pop biriyani place in my hometown received a legal notice from the representatives of a certain Japanese electronics giant who felt their name had been infringed upon – presumably because Sony wanted to go into the biriyani and paya business and were worried they wouldn’t be able to put it all under one roof. Hey, mutton curry makes overpriced gadgets sell like… er, sheermal?

Merry Monday Madness.


Posted by on August 25, 2008 in Entertainment, Movies, News


13 responses to “Harry Potter is Nobody’s Puttar

  1. mystic margarita

    August 25, 2008 at 3:44 pm

    Lol! Maybe, Hollywood has at last woken up to the fact that most of the movies made there are remade in Hindi and other Indian languages! Hari Puttar, lol!

  2. Pitu

    August 25, 2008 at 4:03 pm

    They’re nuts :-p

  3. Pitu

    August 25, 2008 at 4:04 pm

    Speaking of, I actually own a Tantra tee shirt that says Hari Potter and has the visual of a potter with gamla in hand 😀

  4. ana

    August 25, 2008 at 8:18 pm

    LOL, good times! They are nuts!

  5. Prasanth

    August 26, 2008 at 6:44 am

    Warner Bros is too possessive I would say. So possessive that they forgot a central principle in marketing-“You can’t beat join them”
    Simpley put– franchise it out, collaborate. puttar wins warner wins, puttar loses warner still wins.

    After all, that’s what Marvel Comics did with Spiderman. For those who do not know…here is the admirable wikipedia

  6. Prasanth

    August 26, 2008 at 6:49 am

    But the brothers Warner always had a poor sense of humour. Here is a report of their exchange with Groucho Marx…brilliant stuff!!

  7. Amey

    August 26, 2008 at 9:28 am

    Speaking of Harry Potter copies, do you remember that movie sometime in last 2-3 years where a kid goes to magic school and plays touch football kind of game on flying carpets?

  8. Amrita

    August 26, 2008 at 3:36 pm

    MM – They ought to call on Salman Khan first then, he’s ripped off Bruce Almighty and Hitch in the past two years. 🙂

    Pitu – Hahahaha, gamla in hand! That’d go nicely with the wand. Oh ew, I just grossed myself out.

    Ana – on that i can agree.

    Prasanth – they’re making friends everywhere huh? 😀

    Amey – wasn’t it cricket with Rahul Bose?

  9. Amey

    August 27, 2008 at 11:53 am

    No, that was some magical bat or something. The one I am talking about was a microscopically thinly veiled copy of the Harry Potter.

  10. shweta

    August 27, 2008 at 12:01 pm

    This is hilarious- I can just see Hari Puttar playing cricket on the Ganges, instead of quidditch near the lake 🙂

  11. Amey

    August 27, 2008 at 12:29 pm

    @Shweta: so you agree that Indian team needs some serious magic to win in cricket? 😉

    Or maybe, “The Boy Who Lived” refers to the last man standing while the rest of the team collapses like bicycles in a bicycle stand (a role played by Sachin for a long time). The Deatheaters are assorted batsmen and bowlers of opposition. And Dumbledore (RIP) was John Wright.

    Damn, there is a movie in here after all.

  12. Amrita

    August 28, 2008 at 1:35 pm

    Amey – no idea then. I vaguely thought about watching the cricket movie but then couldn’t be bothered. Was this other one any good?

    Shweta – be Indian, watch swadeshi! 😀

  13. Amey

    August 28, 2008 at 2:04 pm

    Aha, got it… You have got this confused with this. As for how good it was, the synopsis says it all.

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