I told you guys a couple weeks ago about the Hari Puttar case. Well, I found an interview with the film’s director, Lucky Kohli, that addresses the issues in the copyright case. Here’s the pertinent parts:
On the resemblance of Hari Puttar to Harry Potter
There is no resemblance in the name or script with either of the films. I don’t want to waste time justifying myself. Hari is a very common name, and ‘Puttar’ is a word every other person uses to address their son, especially in Punjabi. In the film, the protagonist is called Hari Puttar by his family and hence the title of the film.
On the subject of the film being similar to the Harry Potter films
It is about 10 children, who happen to live without adults. The protagonist Hari Prasad (Zian Khan) saves the day by saving a secret from being stolen by two goons Filter and Diesel (Saurab Shukla and Vijay Raaz). It is a complete laughter riot and a family entertainer. I’ve tried to make it as funny as possible….As far as the script resembling Home Alone is concerned, there is no similarity at all. My film has 10 children, songs and graphics that Home Alone didn’t have. Hari Puttar is very different from Home Alone and Harry Potter, as this is not about magic or wizardry.
You can read the rest of the interview here. I don’t know what Warner Brothers is going to do with this, what do you all think?