The Indian Medical Association (IMA) and the Indian Psychiatric Society have condemned the title and poster of the upcoming film Mental Hai Kya. They have asked the producer to withdraw the teasers and change the title and content, if it has any such provocative sequence, dialogue or song.
In a statement on Saturday, IMA president Santanu Sen said: “The title Mental Hai Kiya is derogatory to people fighting mental maladies. It is sarcastic, and ridicules persons in pain.”
The release said that under Section 92 of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act “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.”
“They may say that you are trying to obstruct our freedom of creative expression… Can we call a title creative that ridicules more than 10% of the population fighting the inner pain of illness along with external discrimination and neglect?” Indian Psychiatric Society president Mrugesh Vaishnav said. “We appeal to the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting to request the Central Board of Film Certification to get the title and content modified,” the release said.