Mental Hai Kya: Kangana Ranaut’s Sister Has a Bone to Pick with Deepika Padukone’s Foundation

Mental Hai Kya: Kangana Ranaut’s Sister Has a Bone to Pick with Deepika Padukone’s Foundation

Kangana Ranaut’s sister Rangoli Chandel has a bone to pick Deepika Padukone’s mental health foundation Live Love Laugh over the 'Mental Hai Kya' controversy
Mental Hai Kya: Kangana Ranaut’s Sister Has a Bone to Pick with Deepika Padukone’s Foundation
Poster for 'Mental Hai Kya' and Deepika Padukone

Kangana Ranaut and Rajkummar Rao’s poster for the film Mental Hai Kya stirred controversy when it got a notice from Indian Psychiatry society when they released a statement saying, “We take serious objections 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 sequence in the movie that is violating the rights of 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 purview of CBFC.”

Deepika Padukone’s Live Love Laugh Foundation, which is a platform to raise awareness about mental health, took issue with the poster as well. The organization tweeted: "It is time we put an end to the use of words, imagery and/or the portrayal of persons with mental illness in a way that reinforces stereotypes. 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."

Kangana’s supporters quickly took to the objection and responded. “Bollywood is becoming so tacky that all the internal insecurities and jealousies are coming out so openly! Deepika Padukone can play acid attack victim but Kangana can’t do a film on mental illness. Really,” said one user to Live Love Laugh Foundation. “Bravo, Rangoli and Kangana for storming through this,” they added.

Kangana’s sister Rangoli Chandel announced that she is Kangana’s official spokesperson, saying, "My request to media, please refer to me as Kangana’s official spokesperson whenever you use my tweets for your news, her absence in social media and all the misunderstanding around her has made me take this route to bridge the gap between her and you all it should be understood whatever I tweet about her or her work is with her permission and consultation."

She later addressed the the Live Love Laugh Foundation and said, “Ms Ranaut who is recipient of three national awards and one of the driving forces of feminism movement in India through her films like Queen & Manikarnika,” she tweeted. She said that Kangana is “one of the most responsible artists, to jump the gun and assume the worse is nothing but immature. 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. Genre of the film is such (thriller) that we can’t 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.”

She jokingly then added, “I have a feeling after MHK you will remove Deepika Padukone and 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. On a serious note please support us this is an important film whereas Kangana after Jhansi ki Rani proudly wearing the title of Mental, being a young woman it’s not easy, think about it please, we would like you all to join hands with us, spread awareness and help remove embarrassment and shame attached to this word.”

She also went on to say how in 2014, the word feminist was disowned but Barkha Dutt had interviewed Kangana and things had changed henceforth.

She later went on to say that Deepika Padukone was depressed many years ago “when her break up happened, now she is a happily married woman who is enjoying marital bliss”.

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