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Bollywood's 'Hari Puttar' film sparks lawsuit

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Bollywood's 'Hari Puttar' film sparks lawsuit
Published: 8/26/08, 5:25 AM EDT
By RAMOLA TALWAR BADAM
MUMBAI, India (AP) - Let's see Hari Puttar get out of this one.

Bollywood producers set to release a film called "Hari Puttar: A Comedy of Terrors" are working to fend off a lawsuit filed by Warner Bros. that claims the movie title hews too closely to their mega-famous boy wizard franchise.

While Bollywood films often borrow liberally from Western movies, producers of "Hari Puttar: A Comedy of Terrors" say their movie bears no resemblance to any film in the "Harry Potter" series.

"There is absolutely nothing to link 'Hari Puttar' with 'Harry Potter,'" said Munish Purii, chief executive officer of Mumbai-based producer Mirchi Movies. Hari is a common name in India and "puttar" is Punabji for son, he said.

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time*treatComment by time*treat - August 26, 2008, 6:40 am
The threat of a lawsuit by a big American company will bring lots of (free) publicity to the film and its producers. They'll change its name just before release and make a mint off of it and have a running start on their next film.
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konaneComment by konane - August 27, 2008, 9:03 am
Bollywood productions are what old Hollywood use to churn out as far as quality and general audience theme. Don't worry the lawyers will get fat off this one.

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