BY SHAGUFTA ALI | DKODING
Just because we consider Bollywood to be a glamorous world, that doesn’t prove that people who inhabit it have no complications in their lives.
Celebrities like all human beings suffer from their own set of problems and weaknesses. Some of these celebrities have gone ahead and spoken about their battles with mental illness openly.
According to the World Health Organization report, the number of people who suffer from depression is on a constant rise.
Yes, he is known as the Big B of Bollywood but this legendary actor has also been a victim of depression. He turned producer in 1996 and invested a huge sum of money in his company ABCL which incurred serious losses and went bankrupt.
But because of these back-to-back failures of his films, Amitabh Bachhan went bankrupt. This dragged him into a phase of depression. Though the superstar got a hold of himself and made a rebound in Bollywood again.
Sanjay Dutt has faced more problems than most actors in Bollywood. When he lost his mother and wife due to cancer and was held in prison for his involvement in Mumbai Blast.
He shared that getting into a prison made him depressed. He was unable to sleep properly but the actor chose to combat his weakness and emerged as a star.
Manisha Koirala not only has been through one major illness but two: clinical depression and cancer. She shared on her Facebook handle.
“How slowly, shadows of my past friendships are becoming a distant dream… did I have a bunch of friends with whom there were promises of a lifetime?
She also said, “Disappointed, yes I’m…but then life fills you with new hope, new friends…hoping this time around it would be rooted in deep values rather than just crazy, fun times!!”
But she fought with her illness like a battling queen and defeated the weaknesses.
Shah Rukh Khan
Shah Rukh Khan who is known as the “King of romance”, has been through depression post his shoulder surgery. He shared his story after the battle was over.
He expressed his feelings by saying “Due to the shoulder injury and the suffering I had got into a depression mode but now I am out of it. I feel happy and boosted with energy.” He had also said, “I feel so much healthy and refreshed from within.”
Karan Johar openly spoke about his battle with depression, for people who have faced similar issues can express their story and move ahead in their lives.
He shared about the incident, “There was a phase in my life when I was depressed. When I went through that phase, I thought I am getting a cardiac arrest.
I felt it in the middle of a meeting two and a half years ago, after which I left the meeting in between saying I have something urgent to do and rushed to the doctor”.
He said that “And the fear of future, the fear that I was not being able to find a life partner. At one point the lack of love in my life was bothering me. Today I feel a lot more free of it. I feel there are loads of other things to look forward to”.
You will be amazed to know that Ranveer Singh also suffered from depression while shooting Padmaavat. One of Ranveer’s friends posted a status on his facebook timeline about suicide and before anyone could help, he died.
It jolted Ranveer who then entered into a phase of depression. It was also revealed from one of the sources who said that “Ranveer doesn’t like to show his emotions in public, but people close to him, especially Deepika, knew that this tragedy had hit him hard.
She saw him struggle with his grief, mixed with guilt”. This shows that Ranveer knows not only how to battle in movies but with life struggles aswell.
The actress expressed her illness and was extremely strong enough to talk about anxiety.
Anushka Sharma said “I have anxiety. And I’m treating my anxiety. I’m on medication for my anxiety. Why am I saying this? Because it’s a completely normal thing. It’s a biological problem”.
She even shared “In my family, there have been cases of depression. More and more people should talk openly about it. There is nothing shameful about it or something to hide. If you had a constant stomach pain, wouldn’t you go to the doctor? It’s that simple. I want to make this my mission, to take any shame out of this, to educate people about this.
What mental health needs is: more shame, more candor, and more unshamed conversations