Where Kangana Ranaut is concerned, one can be sure that some controversy will follow. The actor is currently gearing up for the release of her next film, Judgementall Hai Kya, which recently underwent a title change, and you can only imagine why. The film, which is produced by Ekta Kapoor, was previously given the title of ‘Mental Hai Kya’ and this did not sit well with many. The film title was subject to much scrutiny for being insensitive in nature and for the lack of respect for those with mental health issues. While makers of the film did not mean to hurt the sentiments of audiences, the Central Board of Film Certification finally ordered for the change of its name ahead of its release.
The film, which saw its trailer release on Tuesday, is a result of nepotism and power play in the Hindi film industry according to the leading lady, Kangana. Commenting on the title change, Kangana said, "I think whenever it is anything to do with Kangana Ranaut, people have a problem with it. Since I am an outsider, even if I breathe, people have a problem. But we outsiders also have learnt to make our way without creating a problem. Even (one of) Salman Khan's film which was a remake of a south Indian film, was named ‘Mental’,” the actor recently revealed.
"There was no problem then, but now we are told that very recently, the word 'mental' is banned, so we did not have that much choice. But we truly believe that we have made a good film. Our film has got a U/A certificate. We have faith in our intentions. A small change of the title will not make a difference,” she went on to add.
The 'Mental Hai Kya' title irked the Indian Psychiatric Society (IPS) which complained to the censor board that the usage of the word 'mental' trivialized mental health issues. The Prakash Kovelamudi directorial also features Rajkummar Rao, Brijendra Kala, Jimmy Sheirgill and Amyra Dastur. It is slated for release on July 26 and fans can hardly wait.
Here is the trailer for the film: