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17/09/2008

What's In A (Movie) Name?

An Indian-produced 'Bollywood' children's film, 'Hari Puttar', has been forced to postpone its premiere, because it sounds too much like the blockbuster 'Harry Potter' films.
The Hollywood studio behind the 'magical' Potter films took the Indian producers to court over the film's title.
Warner Brothers claims the film sounds too similar to the ones about the teenage wizard and has refused the Indian studio's offer of putting a disclaimer in the title sequence.
They're anxious to keep their own 'franchise', as the Harry Potter films have grossed $4.5bn (£2.5bn) since 2001.
Hari Puttar was due to open last Friday but will now be shown later this month after Indian television networks refused to run promos for the film.
A Delhi court is due to hear the case this month.
"The movie will come out on [September] 26," said a spokesman for the Mumbai studio Mirchi Movies. "We do not know about the exact legal position as of now."
'Hari Puttar: A Comedy of Terrors' is a light-hearted movie shot in Yorkshire about a 10-year-old Indian boy whose family moves to England and becomes embroiled in a plan to save the world from two criminals.
Hari is a popular Indian name and Puttar means "son" in Punjabi.
Bollywood has often taken 'inspiration' from foreign movies: last month's hit Ugly Aur Pagli was a frame-by-frame rendition of the 2001 Korean film My Sassy Girl while The Blair Witch Project was remade in India as Kaal.
Meanwhile, the next instalment of JK Rowling's franchise, 'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince', is not expected to be released until next summer.
(BMcC)
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