The Hari Puttar movie has generated quite a lot of interest. Understandably so, as the they have (not) named the movie after a book and a movie series by J.K. Rowling. Warner Bros. are (not) in the
right presence of mind to sue a production house who believes that just because China can copy anything that’s plastic, India can copy anything that’s reel.
While that debate raged, they let out the premise of the film. Simply put, poor kid gets left at home when the parents go on vacation. 2 robbers try to break into the house, while the kid defends it, by coming up with all sorts of smart ideas.
Well smack my a55 and call me Sally, but haven’t I heard that one before.
IMDB has this to say about an obscure, unheard of movie, that starred someone altogether forgettable, waaay back in 1990
In this film, Kevin McAllister is an eight year old boy left at home by his parents, when they leave with the rest of the family for Christmas holidays to Paris. At first he seems to enjoy living alone, but after a while he understands that things aren’t so easy. Especially when two robbers decide to break in a particular house. HIS house! Is he able to defend his home?
and this is what Wikipedia has to say about our desi version of the movie.
The film revolves around a ten year old boy, Hari Prasad Dhoonda nicknamed Hari Puttar .. who has recently moved from India to the United Kingdom. Left home alone with his cousin Tuk Tuk .. when his parents go on vacation, Hari must deal with two burglars ..
The fact that the movie is an out and out rip off of the obscure movie series is not much of a bother to the producers.
In fact they have some excellent logic to explain why the two movies are not the same. In an interview, the director Lucky Kohli had this to say about the allegations that he may have done to Hughes Entertainment what MBAs do as a part of their professional life everyday.
“HARI PUTTAR has no reference to the film that you are mentioning. My film is about two children and their power and presence of mind. We shot it completely in Yorkshire. It’s a rolling, non-stop comedy of 90 minutes duration, with four-and-a-half minutes of animation. The film has a fabulous background score and three songs by Aadesh Shrivastava. The film that you mentioned neither has songs nor animation.”
90 minutes with 3 songs and four and half minutes of animation. 2 minutes a song, which means the director is rather saying
“HARI PUTTAR has no reference to the film you’re mentioning. My film is a rip off of an unheard of Hollywood movie. I had some Paajis in England who had called me home for Tan-dyou-ri cheekun, so we shot the movie near their house. If you set the film reels down on a hill and give them a little nudge, they’d be rolling non-stop. I have about 11.66% original content in my film, which is much more than the percentage of milk you have you have in the milk that you drink. The film that you mentioned has got no songs, no animation, it’s in English, it had a blonde guy, it was not released in a leap year, and had far better actors then I’m using. Oh, I’m just stating some facts to make up this write-up longer.”
I’ve heard of putting wool over one’s eyes. But Lucky Paaji seems to be very keen on opening a sweater factories all over the country!
The Original Hari Puttar
(should I sue?)