Ekta Kapoor issues clarification over ‘Mental Hai Kya’ film title

Ekta Kapoor on Tuesday said that her film Mental Hai Kya is sensitive towards the mental health issues and the title of the movie does not intend to hurt sentiments

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In April, the film faced criticism from psychiatrists and mental health experts for being derogatory to those suffering from mental illnesses, following which they demanded a change in the title of the film from the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC).

The film has been mired in controversy ever since it was announced. The title of the film was massively criticised for stigmatising people suffering from mental illness. However, now Ekta herself has cleared the misconceptions surrounding the controversial title.

The producer shared the disclaimer on her Twitter account ahead of the film’s trailer announcement, amid allegations that the upcoming film trivialises mental health issues.

“The film in no way marginalises the mental health community and the title of our film doesn’t intend to disregard anyone’s sentiments. It is sensitive towards the issue of mental illness,” Ekta said.

In April, My Medical Mantra had reported on how psychiatrists were against the film’s title as it stigmatised people with mental health problems.  The Indian Psychiatric Society (IPS) had also filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in the Gujarat High Court in connection movie title ‘Mental Hai Kya.’ The PIL had been filed on May 6.