Mental hai kya is not derogatory
One of the reasons why Kangana Ranaut chose to do Mental Hai Kya is that she wished to break the stigma of being different. However, the actress who herself has been shamed as mental and psycho by many in Bollywood, is again in the news over the film's title. The Indian Psychiatric Society (IPS) has slammed the film for being derogatory to those suffering mental illnesses.
It has expressed its disappointment in a letter to Prasoon Joshi, chairman of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC). IPS has objected to the title for number of issues. For the uninitiated, Mental Heath Care Act, 2017, is an act to provide mental healthcare and services to protect, promote and fulfil the rights of such patients.
In the letter, the organisation has argued the posters of Mental Hai Kya depict the illness in poor light, reports PTI. We take serious objections to the title of the movie which is discriminative, stigmatising, degrading and inhuman in projecting mental disorders and persons who suffer from mental disorders, reads the letter.
We strongly Balaji Motion Pictures contradicted the IPS' take in a press statement issued last evening. A day after the launch of the poster of the upcoming film Mental Hai Kya starring Kangana Ranaut and Rajkummar Rao in the lead, a certain section of the society has taken offense to it. They have felt that the title of the movie is discriminating against people who are battling mental issues, read the statement. On the contrary, the makers of the film, believe that their movie Mental Hai Kya will encourage people to embrace their individuality and distinctiveness.
The statement also said that the Ranaut and Rao starrer marks the coming together of some of the most talented and responsible media personalities, who in no way intend to hurt anyone's sentiments. The makers would like to maintain that Mental Hai Kya is a fictional thriller genre feature film meant to entertain audiences and it does not offend, discriminate or disregard any person. In fact the film is a mainstream entertainer which makes a larger point. Joshi is yet to act on the appeal. Comment is also awaited from the Queen actress.