Kangana Ranaut and Rajkummar Rao starrer Mental Hai Kya has recently has found itself in trouble as the Indian Psychiatric Society raised objection against the film’s title.
The Indian Psychiatric Society has written a letter to Prasoon Joshi, the Chairperson of Central Board Of Film Certification (CBFC). In the letter, they have raised objections over the film’s title and the posters.
Mental Hai Kya title faces flak
The Society claims that the film is ‘discriminative, stigmatizing, degrading, and inhuman in projecting mental disorders and persons who suffer from mental disorders’.
They don’t just want the title of the film to be changed but also want the makers to re-work on the script to remove any casual parts which have been showcased in the film.
The protest is now official against #MentalHaiKya with the Indian Psychiatric Society writing to Censor Board protesting the images and teasers which depict #mentalillness in poor light..@balajimotionpic please clarify pic.twitter.com/lrIku3ccTd
— Dr Milan B (@milantheshrink) April 19, 2019
Dr Mrugesh Vaishnav, president, Indian Psychiatric Society, spoke to The Hindu about their concerns. he said, “According to a study carried out by NIMHANS and the Health Department of the government of India in 2016, 1/4th of the Indian population suffers from mental illness. There are lots of myths and misconceptions in our country surrounding mental illnesses. People still go to fake healers and often feel they are possessed. In this situation, when you have such a title of a film, it is wrong. The country is coming out of the stigma and media support is important. Members of the film fraternity have themselves come out with their stories. Will you call them mental?”
Directed by Prakash Kovelamudi, the film is slated to release on June 21, 2019.