Saturday, September 13, 2008

'Hari Putar' Postponed


"Hollywood company Warner Bros has filed a lawsuit against all parties involved in the production and distribution of the Hari Puttar film.
It has been quoted as saying the the title of the Indian movie is confusing.
Mirchi Movies, the makers of the Bollywood children's film, have denied the accusations.
It told the BBC that India's Hari Puttar had nothing to do with the Harry Potter wizard movies, to which Warner Bros owns the rights.
Mirchi says that Hari is a popular Indian name, and Puttar means 'son' in Hindi and Punjabi."

Well, Harry Potter folks, not all the lexemes out there, especially those found in non-West Germanic languages, that happens to sound like 'Harry' and/or 'Potter' want to cash in some of the so-called "Harry Potter" cachet. In Hindi and Punjab 'puttar' does, indeed, mean 'son'. What gives?

Read more here
graph per bbc

8 comments:

Nicki said...

Hasn't Harry Potter already made a gazillion bucks already? I suppose, the more financially successful the book, the more paranoid the writer, right?
This is too odd, though. It's an Indian film, about an Indian film with Hindi words in it, like 'puttar' meaning 'son'.

Nicki said...

Hasn't Harry Potter already made a gazillion bucks already? I suppose, the more financially successful the book, the more paranoid the writer, right?
This is too odd, though. It's an Indian film, about an Indian film with Hindi words in it, like 'puttar' meaning 'son'.

Nicki said...

Come to think of it, the Punjabi dad says 'puttar' in Bend It Like Beckham, too. Is the 'Harry Potter' front throwing a fit about that too? It just dawned on me since it's another Indian-themed movie....

JJ said...

Hmm. I'd like to see this.

Sra said...

In order to prove trademark infringement, you must prove a likelihood of confusion. I don't think it's likely that anyone will confuse this as being part of the Harry Potter franchise. It doesn't even sound like Harry Potter when you say it.

Dee said...

Yet another example of narcissism: all works of art reflect me/us - the Harry Potter front.
:)

Turco said...

I am just afraid that this might be a copy of Home Alone. The poster seems vaguely familiar. Hari Puttar - yes, they are running out of legit movie names in Bollywood.

dana said...

Yeah, I'd say the same thing Turco did. But then again, this whole Harry Potter thing is way too exaggerated.