'Mental Hai Kya' becomes 'Judgementall Hai Kya' after uproar

PTI Mumbai, Maharashtra, India Jun 29, 2019, 04.19 PM(IST)

Rajkummar Rao and Kangana Ranaut - 'Mental Hai Kya' Photograph:( WION Web Team )

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

Balaji Telefilms on Saturday said that it has decided to change the title of its upcoming feature 'Mental Hai Kya' after the censor board reportedly 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.

In a statement, a spokesperson for the banner said the film's title has been changed to 'Judgementall Hai Kya'.

"Given the sensitivity attached to the issue of mental health and our intention of not offending or hurting anyone's sentiments, the makers have decided to change the title of the film 'Mental Hai Kya' to 'Judgementall Hai Kya'. Both Kangana and Rajkummar have outdone themselves in this thriller and we can't wait for audiences to witness it on the big screen," the spokesperson said.

The representative added that the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) had raised minor objections to the film while giving it a U/A certificate and the producers have complied with them.

"With the CBFC clearance, the film is all set to release on July 26," the spokesperson said.

On Thursday, Kangana had confirmed that the film's title will be changed. 

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

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