September 23, 2008

High Court Rejected “Hari Puttar” Case Filed by Warner Bros

Hollywood production house Warner Bros lost the case they filed against a Bollywood movie titled “Hari Puttar”, claiming that the title of the movie is very much similar to the title of their Bollywood film “Harry Potter.” However, the Delhi High Court rejected the plea of Warner Bros on this matter, stating that Warner Bros should have filed the case three years ago as the title of the movie was announced in 2005. Moreover, the court also said that the readers would easily make a distinction between Hari Puttar and Harry Potter.

BBC reported:

The court said Warner Bros could have brought the case three years ago and said readers could easily distinguish Hari Puttar from Harry Potter.

"The case has been dismissed. The court said that Warner Bros had known the title of the film since 2005 and had delayed bringing the case to court until the last moment," lawyer Pratibha Singh was quoted by news agency AFP as saying.

The stories of the two movies are also very different. Hari Puttar tells the story of a 10-year-old boy who goes to England and gets involved in a mission to save the world. The pre-scheduled release date of the movie, 12 September, was delayed by the court case and now the movie will hit the big screens on 26 September. The movie is made by Mirchi Movies.