The first look of Kangana Ranaut’s upcoming Mental Hai Kya was released on Monday. Directed by Prakash Kovelamudi and written by Kanika Dhillon (Ra.One, Size Zero, Kedarnath), the Balaji Motion Pictures and Karma Media co-production is being described as a thriller. The movie will go on the floors later this month.
In Bollywood, few things succeed like success. And, to use another cliché, imitation passes off as the sincerest form of flattery. By that definition, when Rajukummar Rao and Kangana Ranaut came together again for a film, it should have at least a passing resemblance to Queen. But then, when have Kangana and Rajkummar done anything that is clichéd? So Mental Hai Kya, their second film together, going purely by its first look, is quirky, zany and nothing like Queen.
“My next film is Mental Hai Kya, which is written by a woman screenplay writer, Kanika,” Ranaut said in an interview. “The story is about a woman who could be a murderer or a mentally ill person. It talks about mental health, but also has a light-heartedness to it.”
Rajkummar tweeted, “Crazy is the new normal. #MentalHaiKya with immensely talented #KanganaRanaut & my fav @ektaravikapoor. Let’s begin this mental ride @ShaileshRSingh @balajimotionpic @RuchikaaKapoor @KarmaFeatures @pkovelamudi @KanikaDhillon.”
Mental Hai Kya is produced by Ekta Kapoor and directed by Prakash Kovelamudi. While Kangana is seen contorting her face, it is Rajkummar who is flipping us the bird. In a recent interview, Kangana had said about the film, “You’re never sure if this girl is hallucinating or what’s happening to her is for real, whether the guy (Rajkummar Rao) is trying to trap her or she’s got him wrong.” She was also excited about working with Rakummar, “He is a star today while still being a brilliant actor, so I will have to be on my toes to ensure he doesn’t steal the show from right under my nose”, said the actress.
About the movie, Ekta revealed, “Mental Hai Kya celebrates the beauty in imperfections and in being different and shouts out, Sanity is overrated! I’m thrilled to work with Kangana and Raj on this one.”While Kangana has faced only disappointments at the box office recently (Rangoon, Simran), she is now busy shooting for Manikarnika. Rajkummar, has transformed into a star on the back of critically-acclaimed hits such as Newton and Barielly Ki Barfi.
The film “promises to be a young and edgy entertainer and it comes at a time when ‘the different and the bizzare’ are being celebrated”, Balaji founder Ekta Kapoor said in a press release. “Mental Hai Kya celebrates the beauty in imperfections and in being different and shouts out, Sanity is overrated!”Prakash Kovelamudi is the son of veteran Telugu filmmaker K Raghavendra Rao, who directed several hit Telugu and Hindi films starring Jeetendra, Sridevi and Jaya Prada in the 1980s. Kovelamudi has previously directed the Telugu films Anaganaga O Dheerudu (2011) and Size Zero (2015).
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