The Indian Medical Association and the Indian Psychiatric Society on Saturday appealed to producers of the film “Mental Hai Kya” to withdraw its teasers and change the movie’s title, besides revising its content if it has any provocative sequence, dialogue or song.
The makers of the film have recently released a poster which shows its two lead actors facing each other as they balance a blade between their tongues.
“Brilliant imagination! But can we call it creative too? Creativity is all about producing a useful novelty. Yes, it is a novelty but would you call it useful?” the IMA and the IPS said in a statement issued here.
“The title ‘Mental Hai Kya’ is clearly derogatory to people fighting with their mental maladies. It is sarcastic and ridicules persons in pain,” said Dr Santanu Sen, national president of the Indian Medical Association (IMA).
He alleged that the title of the film “ridicules” persons with mental illness which is not only unethical and inhuman but also illegal, he said.
“We appeal to the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting to intervene and request the Central Board of Film Certification to get the derogatory title and content censored or modified,” Dr Sen added.
According to 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 imprisonment for a term which shall not be less than six months but which may extend to five years and with fine, the statement read.