Kangana Ranaut and Rajkummar Rao reunite after the 2014 film Queen for a quirky comedy called Mental Hai Kya. Produced by Ekta Kapoor, the movie has caught Bollywood lovers' fancy with its unconventional title and posters. The posters had both the lead actors posing with razor blades and hinting at self-harm. the promotional art may have gone down well with fans of both Kangana and Rajkummar, but not everyone is happy. Mental Hai Kya Poster Upsets Twitter and Mental Health Experts; They Have a VALID Reason.
In a recent update, 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. The Society claims that the film is 'discriminative, stigmatizing, degrading, and inhuman in projecting mental disorders and persons who suffer from mental disorders'.
They demand that the Board ask the makers of Mental Hai Kya to rename the film to something less objectionable, and also get objectionable scenes censored.
Check out the tweet that posted the letter to the Censor Board:
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?" It's Kangana Ranaut v/s Shahid Kapoor as Mental Hai Kya Will Lock Horns with Kabir Singh on June 21, 2019.
We are yet to find out how Kangana Ranaut, Rajkummar Rao and the rest of the team have reacted to these objections. Mental Hai Kya, directed National Award-winning filmmaker Prakash Kovelamudi, is scheduled to release on June 21.