“We have recently commenced proceedings against parties involved in the production and distribution of a movie entitled ‘Hari Puttar,’ ” London-based Warners spokeswoman Deborah Lincoln told The Hollywood Reporter. “Warner Bros. values and protects intellectual property rights. However, it is our policy not to discuss publicly the details of any ongoing litigation.”
“Since the case is sub-judice we can’t comment as of now,” Mirchi Movies CEO Munish Purii said Friday. “However, we registered the ‘Hari Puttar’ title in 2005 and it’s unfortunate that Warner has chosen to file a case so close to our film’s release. In my opinion, I don’t think our title has any similarity or links with ‘Harry Potter.’ “
I don’t see how a relatively small comedy film all the way in India will have an impact on Warner Bros’ billion dollar franchise. However, having having read ‘Hari Puttar’ out loud three times it does sound a lot like ‘Harry Potter’.