After sending a strongly worded letter to the Censor Board chairman, Prasoon Joshi, demanding the immediate removal of the title of the film #MentalHaiKya. The Indian Psychiatrist Society has raised this issue with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
While speaking to My Medical Manta, Dr Mrugesh Vaishnav, President of Indian Psychiatrist Society, said, “We have written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Our demand is that the PMO should intervene in this matter. Bollywood has to come out from a mentality of demeaning mental health. Deepika Padukone had openly accepted that she was suffering from mental illness. Bollywood has to learn to respect patients suffering from mental illness. With one-fourth of the population is suffering from mental illness, do we want to tell all of them that you are mental?”
Expressing deep displeasure over the insensitive title, Dr Vaishnav added, “With the title #MentalHaiKya what message are we trying to give to society? Our society still does not accept a person suffering from mental illness. And with the title like this, we are further stigmatising the patients. In the future, this would be considered as a filthy language. Just for making the commercial gains, Bollywood can’t get away with their responsibilities. Films have a huge impact on society.”
“Don’t make mental illness a joke. You’re making a mockery of people or patients suffering from mental illness, this is very sad,” explained Dr Vaishnav.
Since the past two days, the Indian Psychiatrist Society has taken a very stern stand on this issue. The mental health experts have termed the title as atrocious and insensible, and have demanded change in the title. Doctors, mental health professionals, and clinical psychologist have started a campaign on social media.
Dr Vaishnav added, “In earlier days, patients suffering from mental illness would go to the babas, tantrics to cure the disease. We have come a long way in terms of spreading awareness about mental illness and the right kind of treatment. The Mental Health Act also protects the rights of people suffering from mental health problems. And, the filmmakers must understand this.”