As Censor Board objects, ‘Mental Hai Kya’ becomes ‘Judgementall Hai Kya’

Updated - June 30, 2019 09:05 am IST

Published - June 29, 2019 10:15 pm IST - MUMBAI

Touching a raw nerve:  The first poster of the film

Touching a raw nerve: The first poster of the film

Balaji Telefilms on Saturday said it had decided to change the title of its upcoming feature ‘Mental Hai Kya’ after the Censor Board reportedly had raised objections.

The Prakash Kovelamudi-directed thriller, starring Rajkummar Rao and Kangana Ranaut, has been at the receiving end for quite some time with many people calling the title derogatory and insensitive to mentally-challenged persons.

The banner said the title had been changed to ‘Judgementall Hai Kya’.

“Given the sensitivity attached to mental health and our intention of not offending anyone’s sentiments, the makers have decided to change the title.

“Both Kangana and Rajkummar have outdone themselves in this thriller and we can’t wait for audiences to witness it on the big screen,” it said.

The movie is set to release on July 26.

On Thursday, Kangana had confirmed that the title would be changed.

“There will be a mild, small change in the title of the film. Because they find it a bit too harsh. And we are more than happy to do that. Other than that there are absolutely no cuts. They were rather thrilled to see the film,” she said.

Earlier, Members of the Indian Psychiatric Society (IPS) had written a letter to the CBFC seeking a change saying they find it derogatory and demeaning to the mentally ill people.

The makers had denied that the film discriminated against people battling mental health issues and in fact, encouraged the audience to embrace their individuality.

Producer Ekta Kapoor had recently defended the title, saying it didn’t intend to offend or disregard anyone’s sentiments.

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