The Bollywood film industry is well known for its inspiration from Hollywood. However, the industry has now grown to the point where it is being noticed for its success in the West and therefore, potential revenues, by Hollywood. In this case, the makers of Harry Potter, Warner Brothers, are suing the makers of the Bollywood film entitled ‘Hari Puttar: A Comedy of Terrors.’
Warner claim that the name is too close to their huge money spinning franchise of ‘Harry Potter.’ Despite makers of Hari Puttar, Mirchi Movies based in Mumbai, claiming the film has nothing to do with Harry Potter or any of its storylines.
The makers say that Hari Puttar is about a ten year old boy, Hari Prasad Dhoonda (nicknamed Hari Puttar), who has recently moved to the United Kingdom from India. He is left alone at home with his cousin Tuk Tuk while his parents go on holiday and Hari has to deal with two burglars who hope steal a secret formula created by Hari’s father.
Interestingly, this seems like the film is more close to the ‘Home Alone’ Hollywood movie than Harry Potter. Which may spark a different Hollywood vs Bollywood row! But Warner will not accept that the name was chosen without some kind of intent to use the Harry Potter success as underlying spin. They are out to protect their IPR (Intellectual Property Rights) for Harry Potter with this lawsuit.
Some reports also claim that it is JK Rowling pushing for the lawsuit more than Warner, due to her past precedences to protect her rights. Either way, court hearings will decide the fate of Hari Puttar and as to whether it survives the move from Hollywood to ensure Bollywood gets the message that enough is enough?