The name of the movie originally was ‘Mental hai kya’ until the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) made them change it, since they received complaints that it was too harsh.
The term ‘mental’ was used to describe people who were believed to have some mental issues. When I was growing up, we heard it and used it too. I did too, because there was no awareness back then. We did not know that using such terms was insensitive, and wrong.
People had objected to the title of the movie – writers, psychologists. Without watching the movie. Without knowing anything about the intent of the makers of the movie. Having a title that is a stereotype, and contradicting it with the plot to reach a conclusion is a common technique used in movies, stories and even articles.
‘Judgmental hai kya’ sounded stupid in the context. The original title would have been good.
Moving on, Kangana plays Bobby, a woman who has been through traumatic events in her childhood, so much that it has affected her. Understandably. We are given enough reasons to empathize with her. So we are not judging her anyway.
As per the published Global Study on Homicide: Gender-related Killing of Women and Girls released by The U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) a total of 87,000 women were intentionally killed in 2017. More than half of them (58 per cent) ̶ 50,000 ̶ were killed by intimate partners or family members.
The idea of a husband murdering his wife is beyond horrifying. But it happens. A lot. Is it funny when a paranoid person keeps accusing an innocent man of being interested in killing his wife. But who is innocent? Who is paranoid? We know that one of the two, Keshav (Rajkumar Rao) or Bobby (Kangana) is the “psycho” one. But who is it?
This is a cleverly made movie, with elements of humour, especially with Bobby’s wannabe boyfriend who never gets laid and her Photoshop obsessions. I loved how they used Bobby’s job of a dubbing artist to move the story forward.
Rajkumar Rao is very good, as usual. Amyra Dastur (Reema) did not have much to do, except look pretty. Amrita Puri as Megha needs to improve on her dialogue delivery. It is annoying to hear her speak. She brought a certain gullibility and lack of intelligence to her character, as someone who could be easily fooled, giving away the suspense! Jimmy Shergil, one of the most underrated actors has a small role, but nonetheless it is nice to see him.
Kangana Ranaut has unconventional looks. She refuses to straighten her wild curls. She talks differently. She is original! Unlike the other actresses who just look like a clone of each other! This distinct style of hers make it easy for her to slip into the ‘Bollywood mad’ character as a lot of people find her ‘crazy’. Remember Tanu Weds Manu part 2 – hospital / asylum scene in the beginning? (Again not me. I love her!). All of this works well for her in the movie. The casting is therefor apt. She is brilliant as Bobby! I cannot think of any other actress who can pull this off.
Kangana haters have been active lately. She is a good example of how you should be honest to yourself and do what you believe in. Haters keep hating. But if you are good at what you do, people know that you matter.
It is definitely not a boring movie. It will hold your attention. Kangana haters better to avoid or wait till it is on AltBalaji!
Author’s Note: The words ‘crazy’, ‘mad’ ‘psycho’ and ‘mental’ used in the article are not meant to offend anybody but to make a point. These are not nice words and let us not use them for anyone.