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Hari Puttar: A Comedy of Terrors (2008)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Family | 24 September 2008 (India)
Inadvertently left at home by adults, young cousins face-off against burglars.

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Rajesh Bajaj, Sameer (lyrics)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jackie Shroff ... DK
Sarika ... Sangeeta 'Geetu' A. Dhoonca
Saurabh Shukla ... Diesel
Vijay Raaz ... Filter
Lillete Dubey ... Santosh 'Toshi'
Swini Khara ... Tuk Tuk
Ansa Bhatt Ansa Bhatt ... Popsi
Aditya Kapadia Aditya Kapadia ... Rocky A. Dhoonca
Khurshed Lawyer Khurshed Lawyer ... Nikka Bunty
Manish C. Pandya Manish C. Pandya ... Capt. Raghuveer
Manmeet Singh Manmeet Singh ... Big Bunty
Maya Fauljana Maya Fauljana ... Mini
Max Epstein Max Epstein ... Zed
Mohan Chopra Mohan Chopra ... Oily Psycho
Rekha Fauljana Rekha Fauljana ... Rani
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Hariprasad Dhoonca lives with his mom, Sangeeta; dad, Amul; and brother, Rocky in London, England; has a room to himself, and plenty of space to play. His privacy will be invaded by the arrival of his aunt, Santosh, his uncle, DK, as well as three cousins and their friends. He will be asked to re-locate to another room, while his will be temporarily occupied by his female cousins and their friends. Unhappy with his arrangement; picked upon by his older brother and cousins, he desperately prays to Bhagwan Shri Hanuman for everyone's disappearance. The next morning, he will be delighted to find that his wish has apparently come true - and the only person left in the house is his cousin, Tuk Tuk. While both rejoice with the extra space and freedom from adult supervision - their joy will soon turn to horror and fear when two burglars break into the house to steal a computer chip that belongs to Hariprasad's dad. Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Family

Certificate:

Not Rated

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Country:

India

Language:

Hindi | English

Release Date:

24 September 2008 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Hari Puttar See more »

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Budget:

INR18,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$436,441
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (35 mm version)
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In 2008, Warner Bros. filed a lawsuit against Mirchi Movies, the company of this movie, and demanded to stop the films release. Warner Bros. claimed that the title was similar to the Harry Potter series. Munish Purii, CEO of Mirchi Movies, explained that "Hari" is a common Indian name, "puttar" is the Punjabi word for "son" and that the main character has very little in common with Harry Potter. An Indian court dismissed the case later on, stating that the public would be able to tell both titles apart. On top of that, Warner Bros. already knew about this movie three years before the lawsuit, but didn't take any action until shortly before the movie was about to be released. See more »

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Hari Puttar Is A Dude
Performed by Sameer, Ashwarya
Lyrics by Sameer
Music by Guru Sharma, Adesh Shrivastava
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Embarrassing comedy that fails to amuse
25 May 2009 | by ijzeren_janSee all my reviews

When I heard about "Hari Puttar" for the first time, the title made me smile and hope for a nice Harry Potter parody or anything else even loosely based on Harry Potter. After all, there are numerous Harry Potter clones ("Tanya Grotter" in Russia, "Porri Gatter" in Belarus, "Barry Trotter" in Germany, etc.), so why couldn't there be a nice Bollywood version? Especially all the noise Time Warner made about it was all I needed to go and purchase it.

What a waste! First of all, the movie has nothing in common with Harry Potter at all. On the contrary, it seems to be a loose remake of "Home Alone". It is the story of a boy and a girl who were "forgotten" by their parents when they left for a trip, and now find themselves forced to defend the house against two clumsy bad guys. Obviously, the movie is supposed to be a comedy, but as such it has become a complete failure. The so-called humour is of the lowest standard. The scenario is a bad joke in itself, characterised by the silliest texts one can imagine, the story lacks a single good idea, and the acting is plain horrible. Even the presence of such capable actors as Jackie Shroff and Lilette Dubey cannot be of any help here.

This is one of the worst movies I've ever seen. Yet, I don't even think Hari Puttar will ever make it into a cult movie of the "so bad it's good" type. The movie is just embarrassing, not amusing at all, and poorly made. In fact, it is one of the rare movies that have made me angry.

Somebody called it an "average film but an entertaining one for kids". Well, if I were a kid, I would feel insulted by such low level. In my opinion, this movie is neither average nor entertaining; it's merely boring and utterly silly. Obviously, its creators don't have a clue regarding kids. As a matter of fact, Hari Puttar has only one advantage: for Bollywood standards, it is extremely short. But even then, 90 minutes were more than enough to make me yawn with relief when it was finally over.


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