Along with the Indian Psychiatric Society (IPS), the organisations state the film is derogatory to those with mental illness.
IMA, Live Love Laugh Foundation also raise objections to Mental Hai Kya title
Mumbai - 22 Apr 2019 18:00 IST
The Indian Medical Association (IMA) and The Live Love Laugh Foundation, initiated by actress Deepika Padukone, have followed the Indian Psychiatric Society (IPS) in raising an objection to the title of the upcoming film, Mental Hai Kya, starring Rajkummar Rao and Kangana Ranaut.
The mental health organisations have requested the makers of the film to take a look at the title and subject matter if it has any content that can trigger a person dealing with mental health issues.
Santanu Sen, president of IMA, said in a statement, "The title Mental Hai Kya is clearly derogatory to people fighting mental maladies. It is sarcastic, and ridicules persons in pain. The best term to describe the sufferers is a person with mental illness."
"The title of the film loudly ridicules persons with mental illness which is not only unethical and inhuman but also illegal," Sen added.
The IMA referred to Section 92 of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act which states that “whoever intentionally insults or intimidates with intent to humiliate a person with disability in any place within public view shall be punishable with a jail term of not less than six months, which may extend to five years, with fine.”
In two tweets, The Live Love Laugh Foundation laid out their concerns to the film's title and content, asking the maker not to resort to stereotypes and "be responsible and sensitive towards the needs of those suffering".
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. (1/2) https://t.co/sZCeIp8eGw— TLLLFoundation (@TLLLFoundation) April 20, 2019
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. (2/2) https://t.co/sZCeIp8eGw— TLLLFoundation (@TLLLFoundation) April 20, 2019
Ranaut's sister, Rangoli Chandel, asked The Live Love Laugh Foundation not to "jump the gun and assume the worse (sic)".
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..(contd.) https://t.co/99Brese96M— Rangoli Chandel (@Rangoli_A) April 20, 2019
In fact, Chandel insisted that the film and Ranaut would bring awareness to the cause of mental illness.
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 (contd.)..— Rangoli Chandel (@Rangoli_A) April 20, 2019
Directed by Prakash Kovelmudi, the film recently released posters with the tagline, 'Sanity is overrated' with the stars balancing a razor blade on their tongues. Mental Hai Kya is due to be released on 21 June, alongside films Kabir Singh and 99 Songs.