Hari Puttar: A Comedy of Terrors has been given the go-ahead by the Delhi High Court for public release. The film is a story of a 10-year-old boy who moves to England with his family and gets involved in a plan to save the world.
Warner Bros had sued the film makers, their contention being that the name was too phonetically and structurally similar to Harry Potter.
Justice Reva Khetrapal, in an interim order, said, “Harry Potter films are targeted to meet the entertainment needs of an elite and exclusive audience the cognoscenti-an audience that is able to discern the difference between a film based on a Harry Potter book on one hand and a film which is a Punjabi comedy on the other. In my view, the cognoscenti , the intellectuals and even the pseudo-intellectuals presumably know the difference between chalk and cheese or at any rate must be presumed to know the same.”
Originally set for a 12-Sep release, the movie is set to premiere this Friday.
The court also took issue with the fact that Warner Bros was aware of the title since 2005 but waited till the last moment after completion of the film and filed a case just before its release. Sounds like a familiar situation, right?
Yup, maybe Warner Bros was hoping to do what Ram Sampath did to the Roshans !! 🙂