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Mental becomes Judgmental – Has Censorship Gone Too Far?

Judgmental Hai Kya

India’s censorship board has always got backlash for the kind of content they censor, but after its latest objection, we can only wonder whether the censor board is becoming too judgmental and picky. This Kangana Ranaut and Rajkummar Rao film has been at the receiving end of a lot of criticism for quite some time with people calling the title derogatory and insensitive to mentally-challenged persons.

However, “mental” has always been a part of the Hinglish dictionary with a meaning that doesn’t come close to the ideas of mental health or mentally-challenged individuals. Bollywood is known for using Hinglish slang and with songs like “Bhag Bhag D.K. Bose”, it’s only a matter of power and influence that lets the censorship board censor-out things they don’t wish to look at.

Although the title was changed, the latest update is that there have been no cuts in the movie. The controversies linked with this movie don’t end at the title. The scheduled movie release date clashed with Hrithik Roshan’s Super 30. However, Hrithik’s film date was shifted. More recently, Kangana had a spat with a journalist at a song launch for the film, which left the guild of entertainment journalists upset and they declared a ban on her. We know that controversy is the breeding ground for eyeballs in the Bollywood industry. So, we’re looking forward to the release of this film.

Judgmental Hai Kya

After a special screening that was held for filmmakers, family and friends, the tweets and positive feedback has been abundant. Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari tweeted “There is something magical when brilliant actors dive into characters, break rules and dare to be different.” Mallika Dua wrote “Secretly hoping and praying #judgementalhaikya to cross 100 crores swiftly! And also earn more than #Super30. And also become #KanganaRanaut highest grosser. Anyway, the film is high on content. RT if you think/wish/hope/pray the same.”

With only 2 days to go for the release of the film, we’re only hoping that we love this film half as much as the positive acclaim it has already received!

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