A few days back, the makers of Kangana Ranaut and Rajkummar Rao’s film Mental Hai Kya found themselves in a dilemma when the Indian Medical Association and Indian Psychiatric Society condemned the title and poster of Prakash Kovelamudi’s Mental Hai Kya. As per reports, the IMA and IPS had sent an official letter to Prasoon Joshi, the chairperson of the Central Board for Film Certification, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and PMO asking them to get change the title of the film.
While the IPS and IMS said that they found the title of the film derogatory, demeaning and stigmatising to the mentally ill people, today, Deepka Padukone’s TLLL foundation- which deals with the issue of mental health, has asked the makers of Mental Hai Kya to be responsible as they wrote on Twitter, “Many millions who suffer with mental illness in India already face tremendous stigma. Therefore,it is extremely important to be responsible and sensitive towards the needs of those suffering.” Thereafter, Kangana Ranaut’s sister, Rangoli, took to Twitter and asked TILL to support the film, and in a series of tweets, Rangoli wrote, “Dear @TLLLFoundation Ms Ranaut who is recipient of three national awards and one f the driving forces of feminism movement in India through her films like Queen & Manikarnika is one f the most responsible artists,to jump the gun & assume the worse is nothing bt immature,” adding, “All I can say is that for Manikarnika we held screenings for school children in many states of India after MHK we would like to do the same with you.” Not just this, Rangoli went on to say that because the film is a thriller therefore the makers can’t reveal the plot but the makers will acquire all the certificates needed in order to show the film to public. Rangli wrote, “Genre of the film is such ( thriller ) that we cant reveal the exact plot or the parts that the characters are playing but of course we will acquire all the certificates we need to in order to show case the film to public, please don’t be Karni Sena, don’t jump the gun, I assure you, you will love the film.”
Plus, Rangoli wrote that after the film, the TLLL foundation will remove Deepika as the brand ambassador and get Kangana on board because, she writes, “I have a feeling after MHK you will remove @deepikapadukone & get Kangana on board as your brand ambassador,her sincere effort to bring awareness to the cause and sensitive portrayal of the condition will leave such an impact on you.. @TLLLFoundation.” A day after the initial objection was raised, the makers of Mental Hai Kya issued a statement claiming the film “does not offend, discriminate or disregard any person and that it is a “mainstream entertainer which makes a larger point.”
Mental Hai Kya is an Indian comedy film starring Kangana Ranaut and Rajkummar Rao in lead roles and the film will hit the screens on June 21, 2019.