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This is a re-make of the original Parent Trap movie that was released during the 1960's.

The original Parent Trap movie was based on the book "Das doppelte Lottchen" by Erich Kstner.

Lisa and Lottie (original German title: Das doppelte Lottchen "The double Lottie") is a 1949 novel by Erich Kstner, about twin girls separated at birth who meet at summer camp. It has been adapted into film many times, most notably as The Parent Trap in 1961 and 1998.

In the book version, two nine-year-old girls: brash, energetic Lisa Palfy (orig. Luise Palfy) from Vienna, and respectful shy Lottie Horn (orig. Lotte Krner) from Munich meet at a summer camp in Bohrlaken on Lake Bohren (orig. 'Seebhl am Bhlsee'). Lisa has curly hair; Lottie wears braids. Apart from that, they look alike.

They have never seen each other before, but soon find out they are identical twins. It turns out their parents divorced, each keeping one of the girls. The two girls decide it is unfair that neither of them has ever been told she is a twin, or that her other parent is still living. They decide to trade places at the end of the summer so that Lottie will have a chance to get to know her father and Lisa will get to meet her mother. Lottie curls her hair, Lisa braids hers, and after much practice in acting like each other and with copious notes made to facilitate this, both go off to where they have never been before. The adventure begins.

While many of the adults around them are surprised at the changes in each of the girls after they return from camp ("Lottie" has suddenly forgotten how to cook, gets in a fight at school, and becomes a terrible student, while "Lisa" has begun to keep a close eye on the housekeeper's bookkeeping, will no longer eat her favorite food, and becomes a model student), no one suspects the girls are not who they claim to be.

When Lottie (pretending to be Lisa) finds out that her father is planning to remarry, she becomes very ill and stops writing to her sister in Munich.

Meanwhile, Lottie's mother comes across a picture of the two girls that was taken while they were at summer camp. She quickly realizes what has happened and Lisa tells her the entire story. The discovery turns out to have come just in time. The girls' mother calls her ex-husband in Vienna to tell him what has happened and to find out why Lottie has stopped writing. When she hears that her daughter is ill, she and Lisa immediately travel to Vienna to be with her.

The four of them (father, mother, Lisa and Lottie) are still in Vienna by the time of the girls' birthday. The girls tell their parents they don't need any presents on this birthday or ever again as long as they don't have to be separated again. The parents talk it over, realize they are still in love and decide to get remarried.

The story has been adapted into film as:

* Das doppelte Lottchen in 1950 (West Germany)

* The Lullaby of Hibari, (Hibari no komoriuta, ) with Hibari Misora in 1951 (Japan)

* Twice Upon a Time in 1953 (UK)

* I and Myself: The Two Lottes (Watashi to Watashi: Futari no Lotte, ) in 1991-92 (Japanese animated TV series)

* The Parent Trap in 1961 with Hayley Mills and 1998 with Lindsay Lohan (US)

* Charlie & Louise in 1994 (Germany)

* It Takes Two in 1995 with Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen (US)

* Tur & Retur in 2003 (Sweden)

* (khaharan-e- gharib) in 1995 (Iran)

In India, it has been filmed several times:

* Kuzanthaiyum Deivamum (1965) in Tamil

* Letha Manasulu (1966) in Telugu

* Do Kaliyan (1968) in Hindi

* Pyaar ke do Pal (1986) in Hindi

* Kuch Khatti Kuch Meethi (2001) in Hindi

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