A few days back, the Indian Psychiatric Society filed an official complaint to Prasoon Joshi, chairperson of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) demanding a change in the title of the Kangana Ranaut starrer 'Mental Hai Kya'. The committee wrote, "We take serious objections to the title of the movie which is discriminative, stigmatising, degrading, inhumane in projecting mental disorders and people who suffer from mental disorders."
"We strongly demand that the title be removed with immediate effect preventing further damage to the modesty of mental health service users. We also demand to censor any sequence in the movie that is violating the rights of persons with mental disorder,” the letter read.
Reacting to this, Rangoli Chandel, Kangana's sister and spokesperson took to her Twitter account to issue a clarification and wrote: "On behalf of Kangana all I want to say is that everyone will be proud of ‘Mental Hai Kya’ the topic and subject she has chosen will trigger relevant talk and discussions around the stigma 🙏" [sic]
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Furthermore, the makers of the film 'Mental Hai Kya' also issued a statement that read: "The movie Mental Hai Kya will encourage people to embrace their individuality and distinctiveness. Produced by Ekta Kapoor’s ‘Balaji Motion Pictures’, Mental Hai Kya starring Kangana Ranaut and Rajkummar Rao 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," it concluded.
For those unaware, as the very title suggests the film revolves around the quirky characters of Kangana and Rajkummar Rao. According to the makers, the film celebrates the imperfections and the crazy within individuals and shouts out ‘Sanity is overrated’. The upcoming thriller film marks the second collaboration between Rajkummar Rao and Kangana Ranaut, as the pair previously shared the screen for Vikas Bahl's 'Queen'.
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