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Hari Puttar wins over Harry Potter

September 22, 2008 19:29 IST

Sweeny Khara and Zain Khan in Hari Puttar

The Delhi [Images] High Court gave the green signal for the release of Hindi film, Hari Puttar: A Comedy of Terrors, which had run into a controversy over allegations that its name was similar to the Warner Bros' Harry Potter [Images] series.

Justice Reva Khetrapal, in an interim order, refused to put curbs on the release of the Indian film on Friday.

The court refused to accept the Hollywood production house's plea seeking stay on the release of the Bollywood film.

The Hollywood production house had contended that the producers of the Indian film had intentionally chosen the title Hari Puttar, which sounds phonetically and structurally similar to the popular trademark Harry Potter. It contended that the Indian film's name would create confusion amongst cinegoers.

The producer of the film, Mirchi Movies Limited, the entertainment arm of Times group, refuted the allegations that the film's title was in any way similar to Harry Potter because it is based on an original literary work with no resemblance to Potter.

The Bollywood production house had said the title Hari Puttar is not associated with Harry Potter and in Hindi and Punjabi, it means God's son.

The movie is scheduled for worldwide release in Hindi and English on Friday.

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