Kangana Ranaut and Rajkummar Rao’s Mental Hai Kya has been caught up in controversies for quite some time now. After the delay in its trailer launch, the film is now facing backlash for its title, which some mental health experts feel is derogatory to those suffering from mental illnesses.
The Indian Psychiatric Society (IPS) sent a letter to the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) demanding the removal of the title of the film which they termed “discriminative, stigmatising, degrading and inhuman in projecting mental disorders and persons who suffer from mental disorders.” They also alleged that the film appears to violate many sections of the Mental Health Care Act, 2017 and filed a PIL at the Gujarat High Court.
According to a report in Mid-day, A meeting will be held today in Mumbai between producer Ekta Kapoor and representatives from the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) and the Indian Psychiatric Society (IPS) to address the issue. A special screening for the trailer and a review of the film's title will be proposed to determine the film’s further course of action.
CBFC counsel Kshitij Amin confirmed the news stating, “The producers submitted the trailer to the CBFC on June 11. The governing body [CBFC here] has decided to call for a meeting between the petitioner and the applicant. They will watch the trailer and decide further course of action. Since the discussion is likely to take place today, the court has adjourned the matter to next week.”
Meanwhile in response to the IPS’s allegations, producer of the film, Ekta Kapoor released a statement saying that the film is “a fictional thriller genre feature film meant to entertain audiences and it does not offend, discriminate or disregard any person,” and further added that, “the title of the movie does not intend to hurt sentiments.”
Helmed by National award-winning director Prakash Kovelamudi, Kangana - Rajkummar starrer Mental Hai Kya is slated to release on 26 July, 2019.