A Comedy of Terrors has been in the news lately because Warner Bros sued the producers Mirchi Movies for copyright infringement of Harry Potter. The studio was wasting its time.
Actually director Chris Colombus and writer John Hughes who created the 1990 blockbuster Home Alone should have done the suing. Because despite co-director Lucky Kohli's protests to the contrary, Hari Puttar is a copy of Home Alone, in which an eight-year-old gets left behind when his family goes on a Christmas vacation to Paris.
Hari Puttar's basic idea, characters and even some scenes are lifted directly from Home Alone.
Kohli and the film's other director Rajesh Bajaj have added a feeble plot twist involving a computer chip, an inane villain called Mirchi Bhai and two item songs which bookend the movie.
Why, you might ask, does a kids' movie need sensuous dancing women. I don't know but believe me, the songs are the least of Hari Puttar's problems.
Hari Puttar is the type of children's film that believes that kids equal low IQ. So the proceedings on screen never rise above moronic. Clumsy animation regularly interrupts the plot so a popular biscuit brand can be plugged.
For laughs, one of the villains keeps passing gas. And for reasons unknown, even the live actors seem to be seriously animated - so a fine actress like Sarika hyper-ventilates about her son while Jackie Shroff mumbles about a broken satellite phone. All the kids-from the leads to the extras-are annoyingly precocious.
Hari keeps mouthing dialogue from Sholay and Swini Khare, who was so poignant in Cheeni Kum, plays the damsel in distress, who must be saved by Hari.
Hari Puttar is one of those bizarrely bad films that make you hold your head and groan out loud. steer clear and Rent Home Alone instead.