Kangana Ranaut and Rajkummar Rao's Mental Hai Kya may be in legal trouble for stigmatizing mental health. Produced by Ekta Kapoor and directed by Prakash Kovelamudi, the screenplay of the film is written by Kanika Dhillon. However Indian Psychiatry Society, with over 7000 members, has taken issue with the upcoming film’s poster ‘Mental Hai Kya’.
Madness has made its cut! Catch Mental Hai Kya in theatres on 21st June 2019. #MentalHaiKya #MentalHaiKyaOn21stJune#KanganaRanaut @ektaravikapoor @pkovelamudi@RuchikaaKapoor @ShaaileshRSingh @KanikaDhillon pic.twitter.com/pvsobuTn3E— Rajkummar Rao (@RajkummarRao) April 17, 2019
The organization sent out a letter saying the following,
“We as a professional body committed ot promote mental health of the people of India with highest ethical and moral standards take objections on a number of issues this movie violates many sections of Mental Health Care Act 2017. India is signatory to United Nations Conventions on Rights of Person with Disability (UNCRPD) and our nation has passed Mental Health Care Act 2017 keeping the obligations of implementing UNCRPD. Violation of Mental Health Care Act invites legal action. We take serious objectiosn to the title of the movie which is discriminative, stigmatizing, degrading and inhuman in projecting mental disorders and person who suffer from mental disorders. We strongly demand the title to be removed with immediate effect preventing further damage to the modesty of mental health service users. Every citizen of India is governed by the Mental Health Care Act 2017 and it is a legal obligation to be aware about mental health and illness and reducing stigma associated with mental illness. The Central Board of Film Certification being a quasi-judiciary body makes it more legally bounded to set an example to the citizens and be guardian of rich Indian heritage and culture. We also demand to censor any sequenece in the movie that is violating the rights fo persons with mental disorder. We presume this letter as a legal warning to any such events, currently and in future, subjective that comes under the purviw of CBFC.”
Social media users shared the letter with supportive comments. One user stated, "Hindi film industry deserves notice for not just this film but for every film that they make with ableist/sanist narratives e.g. Zero, Guzaarish."
Hindi film industry deserves notice for not just this film but for every film that they make with ableist/sanist narratives e.g. Zero, Guzaarish pic.twitter.com/7IVj4oomuz— Shri (@Dassteufel) April 19, 2019
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