Ekta Kapoor's upcoming production, Mental Hai Kya starring Kangana Ranaut and Rajkummar Rao in lead roles, has landed in controversy.
The Indian Psychiatric Society raised objections against the title and posters of their film.
In a letter to the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), the Indian Psychiatric Society had expressed an objection to the title Mental Hai Kya and also how a mental illness was projected in the posters and promotional material of the film.
The Indian Psychiatric Society had requested CBFC chairman Prasoon Joshi to take heed and see to it that the title Mental Hai Kya is changed, or the makers would face legal action.
Now, an official statement on behalf of Kangana Ranaut and Ekta Kapoor has been released by their spokesperson.
It reads: "To whomsoever it may concern,
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.
On the contrary, the makers of the film, believe that their 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."